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The Great Gatsby on Stage

August 26th, 2007 (07:17 pm)
excited

Current Mood: inspired
Current Song: Don't Do Sadness/Blue Wind from Spring Awakening

Today, my friend Emily told me about the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. I clicked into the website, then into the theatre listings, where I saw the word "Gatz." I thought, "That can't possibly mean what I think it means."

You see, Gatz, to me, means The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - one of my favorite books of all time. I say Gatz to refer to the book and Fitzy for Fitzgerald like I say Shakey for William Shakespeare or Charles for Mr. Dodgson - with an easy familiarity that is actually meant with reverence.

I clicked on the show entitled Gatz and discovered that it did mean exactly what I thought it meant.

I want to see this. I want to recite lines from the book under my breath while patiently sitting in the audience and wishing that I was on stage in a purple flapper dress dripping with fringe.

This show is not being performed in my neck of the woods at this time, but apparently, it is traveling and having a tremendous deal of success wherever it goes. Perhaps this production Gatz will come visit my city someday, even though I don't have a green light at the end of the dock. Or, maybe, just maybe, I will someday be able to stage or film a production of the book. I can't tell you how much I'd like to do that.

This is the first of many posts to come about plays and stage adaptations of books. I have some very exciting news that I'm gearing up to share with you all. Some of you already know. Some of you might be able to guess, since I'm hinting at it right now.

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Posted by: SYDNEY (stagelovebeauty)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)

oh sounds cool. I hope it's good.

what's the exciting news? did you get cast in something?

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC)

I hope so too.

I hope you'll be excited for me.

Posted by: lizgallagher (lizgallagher)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC)

wowee, the show IS coming to Seattle (where I am). Hmmm . . . I'm surprised it's only $24 for SEVEN HOURS of entertainment.

Your news? Want to know!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)

You should see it, so that I can live vicariously through you. :)

That is an AMAZING price for a show. Does that include the price of dinner? Even the common paperback edition of the book costs a good twelve dollars these days!

Email me.

Posted by: Emily (mooseonski)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 02:58 am (UTC)

If I got there earlier or if it were shorter, I could see it, but I don't think I'll be able to make it. Bah. I'll let you know if I hear anything from anyone who does.

The entire festival is amazingly priced and diverse. That's why it's so cool.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)

How about we just magically beam me there, and then you come back over here, and then everything gets seen and heard?


Posted by: Emily (mooseonski)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)

Posted by: Sarah Darer Littman (saraclaradara)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)

Ooooh....Enquiring Minds Want To Know!!!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)

I sara-clara-dare you to guess.

Posted by: Sarah Darer Littman (saraclaradara)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)

Posted by: Sarah Darer Littman (saraclaradara)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)

Posted by: mimagirl (mimagirl)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)

I agree.

Thanks! :)

Posted by: Keri (wappenshaw)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 04:09 am (UTC)
breathe_xxx_xena_icons

You rock, darling, as you always do. I'm happy for you. :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)

Thank you, Kerika!

Posted by: Keri (wappenshaw)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 04:23 am (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)

Posted by: angelrachel (angelrachel)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 09:28 am (UTC)
time of your life

Sounds delicious. I'm glad exciting things are happening for you :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)

You say this as I consume another throat/cough drop. Tasty. :)

Thank you! How are YOU?

Posted by: angelrachel (angelrachel)
Posted at: August 31st, 2007 12:00 am (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 31st, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)

Posted by: Claire Hennessy (iliketea)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)

So intrigued! I want to know! Are you playing a favourite character in an adaptation?

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)

I'm intrigued, too! Do tell soon.

Jules, 7-Imp

Posted by: jackieparker (jackieparker)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 28th, 2007 02:16 am (UTC)

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Posted at: August 28th, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 28th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)

Posted by: jackieparker (jackieparker)
Posted at: August 28th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 28th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 28th, 2007 02:23 am (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 28th, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)

Posted by: simmone howell (simmone)
Posted at: August 29th, 2007 10:03 am (UTC)
gatz a gogo

hey lw - don't know if you know about this strange and beautiful looking adaptation of gatsby that gets released next month in melbourne ... looks fab I reckon ...

xsimmone
see link:

http://nickigreenberg.com/gatsby.shtml

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 29th, 2007 12:57 pm (UTC)
Re: gatz a gogo

Ooh, that looks so creative.

The last bit of publishing information made me sniffle!

The Great Gatsby - a graphic adaptation is published in Australia and New Zealand by Allen & Unwin. Release date: September 2007. For more information, please go to www.allenandunwin.com.

The book will be released in Canada in April 2008, published by Penguin Canada.

For copyright reasons this book is not available for sale in the USA or UK.


Somewhere in Australia, someone is holding this book with a copy of the film Looking for Alibrandi and mocking me with them from afar!

Posted by: simmone howell (simmone)
Posted at: August 29th, 2007 01:06 pm (UTC)
Re: gatz a gogo

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 29th, 2007 02:34 pm (UTC)
Re: gatz a gogo

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: September 25th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
GATZ by ERS (gatsby on stage)

Hi,

I'm the director of GATZ. We just returned from our run in Seattle and someone forwarded me your page. If you're interested in learning more about the show check our website:

http://www.elevator.org/

Click on the picture for more information about the show and its history (it's had an interesting one already). Also, here's a report (from another blog) of the performances at On The Boards in Seattle:

http://slog.thestranger.com/2007/09/gatz_at_on_the_boards_if_you_think_you_w

I hope you do get to see it eventually. You sound like the ideal audience.

Best,

John Collins, Elevator Repair Service Theater

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 26th, 2007 03:14 am (UTC)
Re: GATZ by ERS (gatsby on stage)

Greetings, John, and many kudos for undertaking such a project. I'm flattered that you dropped by my blog. Please give my thanks to the person who sent you this way. I would love to see the show and hope it comes this way too. I will keep my fingers crossed - and hope that Tom doesn't break them in the meantime.

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