Join Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan as they bring their decadent Roaring Twenties parties into the audience during the Collective Face Theatre Ensemble's production of “The Great Gatsby."
Join Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan as they bring their decadent Roaring Twenties parties into the audience during the Collective Face Theatre Ensemble's production of “The Great Gatsby” over three weekends starting March 9.
Members of the cast will step into the crowd and may even invite some guests onto the stage during the extravagant party scenes in this adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s take on “marginalized” people during the Jazz Age.
“Marginalized measures” is Collective Face's theme for this year's productions, said artistic director David I.L. Poole. Presented in partnership with Savannah State University Players by the Sea, the 2018-19 season’s stage plays will be announced during a special 7:30 p.m. pre-show party prior to the March 9 opening. Poole said the party will include door prizes, photo booths and the unveiling of a Golden VIP subscription to the season's plays. Go to Collective Face's Facebook page to enter the drawings for free.
Patrons are encouraged to come dressed in their finest Jazz Age party attire for each production. After the March 9 opening show, stay for the post-show reception catered by Joe’s Homemade Café, Bakery & Catering.
The play, as adapted by Simon Levy, is approved by the Fitzgerald estate.
“The story is about someone who is marginalized, comes from nothing, creates this persona, so he could fit into the upper echelon of 1920s society and gain back the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan, who happens to be married into old money,” Poole said. “The story really deals with that. It resonates now, even, because it is about trying to fit into the crowd you are not born into.”
The cast includes Michael Knowles as the dashing Jay Gatsby; Emily Rice as the elusive Daisy Buchanan; Travis Harold Coles as narrator Nick Carraway; Philip John Trossarello Jr. as Daisy’s brute of a husband Tom Buchanan; Casey Bessette as Jordan Baker, the professional female golfer who's a friend to Daisy and girlfriend to Nick; and Andre Wortham as unassuming blue-collar mechanic George Wilson. Julie Roundtree plays the fiery lower-class Myrtle Wilson, married to George and mistress to Tom. Rounding out the ensemble are Montrice Anderson, Maya Caldwell, Anna Claire Edenfield, Jessica Grossman, Bobbie Renee Lewis, Dennis Lopez and Travis Spangenburg.
Involving the audience is important to Poole, who believes the stage plays are more alive than movies on the big screen. Particularly with “The Great Gatsby,” the party never stops. “… The art needs to be more of an event,” Poole said. “… That has resonated with me the last couple of years.
“We want to create experiences of a lifetime. It really is that sort of thing; you are immersed in the world of Gatsby. We break the fourth wall. (The cast comes) into the audience, we ask people to come dressed up. Something to remember for years and years to come.”