29 September 2010

In case you hadn’t heard, a new production of The Great Gatsby, “Gatz,” has opened at The Public Theater in New York. It is an 8-hour production, staged in a contemporary-ish office setting, featuring every word of the original text.  Listen to Rebecca Mead and actor Scott Shepherd talk about it at the New Yorker.  A notable revelation from Shepherd, having performed the text a few hundred times to date: that memorable, lyrical ending that we all know and love originally contained a typo.  Instead of “orgastic,” the text read “orgiastic.”  Oh, dear.  For all of you who read Gatsby in high school, in particular, this may come as quite a shock/disappointment…


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