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The Great Gatsby

Aquila Theatre Repertory Residency
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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby remains a vivid account of how, in the absence of true equality, pursuing the “American dream” can lead to devastating effects. Known for their powerful immersion in classic texts, Aquila Theatre brings a relevant reimagination of this classic in which Gatsby is a man of color, setting the stage for themes of class, racism and discrimination to play vividly inside the meaning of the American Dream.

Beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing and crystalline in effect. ― The New Yorker

Published in 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby remains a vivid account of how, in the absence of true equality, pursuing the “American dream” can lead to devastating effects. Jay Gatsby, a working-class war veteran, reinvents himself as a self-made millionaire to become the man he believes his one-time love, wealthy heiress Daisy Buchanan, would want. Their rekindled affair triggers a domino effect of destruction, in which obsession masquerades as love and the wealthy wield prejudice as a weapon. Known for its powerful immersion in classic texts, Aquila Theatre brings a soberingly relevant reimagination of Fitzgerald’s classic in which Gatsby is a man of color, setting the stage for themes of class, racism and discrimination to play vividly inside the meaning of the American dream.

This performance is part of a collaboration with the Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts Curriculum to This performance is part of a collaboration with the Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts Curriculum to present a two-production residency with Aquila Theatre Company—featuring The Great Gatsby and Macbeth. Following engagements in prior seasons with productions of Frankenstein, The Odyssey and 1984, Convocations will again engender deep curricular engagement across campus for students in the Cornerstone program. Faculty across all disciplines, however, are also invited to connect to these works for your students. For more information, contact convos@purdue.edu

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