Dublin Theatre Festival

Elevator Repair Service


A verbatim presentation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby"

Venue Project Arts Centre
Date 26 Sep - 28 Sep 3.00pm
Duration 7hrs 30mins

Directed by John Collins

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"James Gatz - that was really, or at least legally, his name." 

One morning in a low-rent office in a seedy corner of Manhattan, an employee finds a ragged old copy of The Great Gatsby in the clutter of his desk and starts to read it out loud... and doesn't stop. At first his co-workers hardly seem to notice, until weird coincidences start happening, one after another, so that it's no longer clear whether he's reading the book or the book is in charge...

Performed by a remarkable ensemble of 13 actors, Gatz is not a stage adaptation of Fitzgerald's famous novel but a verbatim staging of the entire book, accomplished by the staff of a small office in the midst of their increasingly bewildering business operations.
Gatz is performed over a seven and a half hour period, with three intervals including one hour-long break.

“Gatz creates its own dramatic universe. It illuminates a familiar text... One is left with a unique and lasting texture of amusement, insight and possibility.”  Variety

We Feel... 
Justly regarded as one of the most successful independent American productions of recent years, Elevator Repair Service’s Gatz is a uniquely satisfying theatrical marathon that will be the talking point of this year’s Festival.

Talking Theatre
John Collins and members of the company.
Sept 27 Pre-show (2pm).


Main Photo: Gene Pittman. Photo 1,3,4,5,6,9,10: Chris Beirens. Photo 2: Ariana Smart Truman. Photo 7: John Collins. Photo 8: Gene Pitman.

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