Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 60th Anniversary Season with Montana Repertory Theatre’s new theatrical adaptation of The Great Gatsby on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 3pm. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s captivating story of romance and betrayal is brought to life in Simon Levy’s finely crafted adaptation for the stage. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).
Simon Levy, whose works also include stage adaptations of Tender Is the Night and The Last Tycoon, captures the power of Fitzgerald’s narrative and the sheer beauty of his prose in this haunting and heartfelt snapshot of the Roaring Twenties, vividly depicting the rise and fall of the notorious Jay Gatsby and the alluring and dangerous Daisy Buchanan. Much more than simply a story of lost love, The Great Gatsby recreates the Jazz Age world of youth, wealth, privilege, and reckless abandon.
In addition to the Fitzgerald Trilogy, Levy has written, directed, and produced numerous works, including his stage adaptation of Eliot Weinberger’s celebrated article, What I Heard about Iraq, which won the Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Fringe Award at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and subsequently toured to 30 cities in the United Kingdom. He was recently honored with the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Milton Katselas Lifetime Achievement Award in Directing.
Greg Johnson, the artistic director of Montana Rep since 1990, directs the production. From Neil Simon and Gene Saks to Hugh Leonard, Elizabeth Ashley, Beth Henley, Christine Baranski, Andie MacDowell, Barnard Hughes, and Melvin Bernhardt, Johnson has been privileged to work with the finest. Johnson’s Broadway credits include Biloxi Blues, Crimes of the Heart, Is There Life After High School?, Da, and Hide and Seek. National tours include the Broadway productions of Steel Magnolias, Crimes of the Heart, and Biloxi Blues.
The cast consists of Elizabeth Bennett (Mrs. McKee/Mrs. Michaelis/Dancer), Hugh Bickley (Tom Buchanan), Hugh Butterfield (George Wilson), Kelly Campbell (Daisy Buchanan), Colton Hochhalter (Meyer/Mr. McKee/Cop/Dancer), Mark Kuntz (Jay Gatsby), Amber Rose Mason (Jordan Baker), Jourdan Nokleby (Myrtle Wilson), and Mason Wagner (Nick Carraway).
About Montana Repertory Theatre
Now one of the most dynamic and respected touring companies in the country, Montana Repertory Theatre was established as a professional touring company in 1967, providing professional theatre to Montana and neighboring Western states at an affordable cost. Their mission is to tell the great stories of our world to enlighten, develop, and celebrate the human spirit in an ever-expanding community. Montana Rep assembles principle actors, directors, and designers with prestigious credits, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours of Broadway shows, and major regional theatre credits. Beginning in 1992, the Montana Rep inaugurated an expanded residency program, perfect for high school assembles and classrooms, for which study guides are provided. Residency activities are also supplemented by standard professional theatre workshops. Montana Repertory Theatre is funded in part by a grant from the Montana Arts Council (an agency of state government), with support from the Montana State Legislature, the University of Montana, the Montana Cultural Trust, Dr. Cathy Capps, Gwen McKenna, Dr. Sandy Sheppard, and The Shubert Foundation.
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About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Founded in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, at affordable prices. Each season, Brooklyn Center welcomes over 65,000 people to the 2,400 seat Walt Whitman Theatre, including up to 45,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools who attend their SchoolTime series, one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the borough. In recognition of its commitment to quality family programming, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts has been recognized as both Brooklyn’s Best Theater or Theater Group for Kids and Brooklyn’s Best Place for Family Bonding by ParentsConnect Parents’ Picks Awards. In 2014-15, Brooklyn Center celebrates its 60th Anniversary Season of presenting world-class performances on the Brooklyn College campus.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ programs are supported, in part, by public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Brooklyn Center’s 60th Anniversary Season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Major support for the 2014-15 season is provided by: Brooklyn College, Target, Con Edison, TD Bank, National Grid, Macy’s, Shanachie Entertainment Corp, the Herman Goldman Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jazz Touring Network, the Alice Lawrence Foundation, the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc., and the TD Charitable Foundation. Additional support provided by CNG Publications, The Brooklyn Eagle, WFUV, and WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM. The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 60th Anniversary Season. Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York State Assembly members Rhoda Jacobs, Alan Maisel, Félix Ortiz, Annette Robinson, and Helene Weinstein, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Tom Finkelpearl.