Upcoming theater event — “Gatz” at REDCAT

Elevator Repair Service’s “Gatz.” Pictured: Laurena Allan, Gary Wilmes, Scott Shepherd, Annie McNamara, Kate Scelsa, Vin Knight. Photo: Mark Barton.

The New York-based experimental theater company, Elevator Repair Service, will be presenting their highly successful production Gatz at REDCAT late November and early December.

The acclaimed and unusual production, which has played all over Europe and various US cities since 2005, is finally coming to Los Angeles for a limited engagement, Wednesday, November 28, 2012 to Sunday, December 9, 2012.  (No performances on Thursdays or Mondays.)

All shows commence at 2:00pm (excepting Sundays, 1:00pm) and continue, with two intermissions and a dinner break, until 10:00pm.

This epic marathon of theater meets literature is rapidly selling out, so book your seats soon!

 

About the production:

Hailed by critics around the world as a major theatrical event of historic proportions, Gatz is a bravura feat celebrated for its singular and dazzling literary alchemy. Gatz is not a retelling of The Great Gatsby, but a revelatory, seven-hour enactment of experiencing the novel, as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s American masterpiece is delivered word for word, brought to life with absolutely startling dramatic effect by a cast of thirteen.

The audacious New York theater ensemble Elevator Repair Service opens the drama in the shabby offices of a mysterious small business—where an employee finds a copy of the book on his cluttered desk and, for reasons unknown, begins reading the novel out loud. His coworkers hardly react at first, but, after a series of strange coincidences, they appear to take on the roles of The Great Gatsby’s characters.

Is the reader, “Nick”—played by The Wooster Group’s Scott Shepherd, in a superhuman turn—merely reading the novel, or he is being personally transformed by it?

Elevator Repair Service’s “Gatz.” Pictured: Laurena Allan, Scott Shepherd, Annie McNamara. Photo: Gene Pittman.

REDCAT

Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater

CalArts’ Downtown Center for Contemporary Arts

631 West 2nd Street,

Los Angeles, CA 90012

(In the heart of downtown Los Angeles on the northeast corner of the intersection of W. 2nd and Hope Streets. Housed in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex, REDCAT has its own street entrance on 2nd Street.)

Gatz

Dates and ticket prices:

WED 11/28
2:00 pm
$135 $105* $65*
FRI 11/30
2:00 pm
$150 $120* $75*
SAT 12/1
2:00 pm
$150 $120* $75*
SUN 12/2
1:00 pm
$150 $120* $75*
TUES 12/4
2:00 pm
$135 $105* $65*
WED 12/5
2:00 pm
$135 $105* $65*
FRI 12/7
2:00 pm
$150 $120* $75*
SAT 12/8
2:00 pm
$150 $120* $75*
SUN 12/9
1:00 pm
$150 $120* $75*

Bookings:

Purchase tickets online or call the REDCAT box office at 213-237-2800.

 

 

 

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