Little Willow (slayground) wrote,
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The Great Gatsby on Stage

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.
Tags: books, fitzy, gatsby, personal, plays, theatre
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