The Great Gatsby
By F. Scott Fitzgerald / Adapted for the stage by Simon LevyBUY TICKETS
September 5 - 22, 2019
The breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age come to the stage in Simon Levy’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel. Nick Carraway finds himself drawn into the dazzling world of flappers, bootleggers, and a mysterious man named Jay Gatsby. But beneath all the romance is a harsh reality that cannot be escaped, no matter how hard Gatsby may struggle to row against the current of his past.
“A beautifully crafted interpretation of the 1925 novel…This is indeed a grand GATSBY.” ~ London Free Press
Produced in partnership with IU College of Arts & Sciences 2019 Themester
F. Scott Fitzgerald (formally Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald) was a short story writer and novelist considered one of the pre-eminent authors in the history of American literature due almost entirely to the enormous posthumous success of his third book, The Great Gatsby. Perhaps the quintessential American novel, as well as a definitive social history of the Jazz Age, The Great Gatsby has become required reading for virtually every American high school student and has had a transportive effect on generation after generation of readers. At the age of 24, the success of his first novel, This Side of Paradise, made Fitzgerald famous. One week later, he married the woman he loved and his muse, Zelda Sayre. However by the end of the 1920s Fitzgerald descended into drinking, and Zelda had a mental breakdown. Following the unsuccessful Tender Is the Night, Fitzgerald moved to Hollywood and became a scriptwriter. He died of a heart attack in 1940, at age 44, his final novel only half completed. For his sharp social insights and pitch-perfect lyricism, Fitzgerald stands out as one of the most important American writers of the twentieth century.
Simon Levy is the Producing Director for the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles where he’s been a resident playwright, director, and producer since 1993. His stage adaptation of The Great Gatsby, a Finalist for the Pen Literary Award in Drama, completes his Fitzgerald Trilogy, which includes Tender is the Night, Winner of the Pen Literary Award in Drama, and The Last Tycoon, winner of numerous awards and nominated for the prestigious Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Ted Schmitt Award for Original Play. He recently completed a new adaptation/translation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People: a New Version for the 21st Century. He’s writing a new play, The Canary, as well as a young adult novel based on the story of Tristan and Iseult. His stage adaptation of Eliot Weinberger’s celebrated article, What I Heard About Iraq, was produced worldwide, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it won the Fringe First Award, the Adelaide Fringe Festival where it won the Fringe Award, was produced by BBC Radio, and received a 30-city UK tour culminating in London. His directing, writing, and producing credits and awards are numerous. He was recently honored with the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Milton Katselas Lifetime Achievement Award in Directing. Please visit www.simonlevy.com for more information. More information about The Great Gatsby can be found at: www.TheGreatGatsbyPlay.com
Director: Kate Galvin
Choreographer: Tom Slater
Stage Manager: Phil Christiansen
Scenic Designer: Kristen Martino
Lighting Designer: Laura E. Glover
Costume Designer: Jason Orlenko
Sound Designer: Andrew Hopson
Props Master: Paula Chambers
ASM/Wardrobe: Chelsea Pell
Michael Bayler (Jay Gatsby) is excited to return to Cardinal Stage! He is a third year MFA Actor at IU with a BA in Theatre from the University of Missouri. Some credits include: For Cardinal Stage: The Glass Menagerie (Jim O’Connor). For IUST: Little Shop of Horrors (Puppeter), Our Town (George Gibbs), The Foreigner (Rev. David Lee). For IU Theatre: Julius Caesar (Brutus), The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (Ross), Peter and the Starcatcher (Black Stache), Only Child (Pat). For MU Summer Theatre: Arsenic and Old Lace (Jonathan Brewster), Crimes of the Heart (Barnette Lloyd). For MU Theatre: Death of a Salesman (Willy Loman), Romeo & Juliet (Tybalt), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Guildenstern). Michael is from Big Rock, Illinois.
Courtney Lucien (Daisy Buchanan) last appeared at Cardinal Stage Company in Les Misérables (2014), and she is a proud alumna of Indiana University. She is now in her sixth season as a resident ensemble member at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, where recent credits include Macbeth (Witch 2), The Winter’s Tale (Perdita), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Philia), and Othello (Desdemona). Courtney is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association. She sends love to her family and Grant! CourtneyLucien.com
Jay Hemphill (Nick Carraway) is happy to be returning to Cardinal Stage, having previously been seen in Rounding Third (Michael) and Robin Hood (Prince John). Jay is a 3rd Year M.F.A. actor at IU, where he has appeared in Vinegar Tom (Jack), The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (Martin), Machinal (George H. Jones) and Peter and the Starcatcher (Mrs. Bumbrake/Teacher). For IU Summer Theatre, Jay starred in Our Town (Dr. Gibbs) and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Vice Principal Panch). Regional credits: Unto These Hills (Yonaguska) at Mountainside Theatre, The Duchess of Stringtown (Castor), The Open Hand (Jack) and A Very Phoenix Xmas (Various Roles) at Phoenix Theatre; Hello Dolly (Swing) and Oliver! (Constable/Thief) at Music Theatre Louisville; and A Christmas Carol (Cratchet) at the University of Tennessee’s Clarence Brown Theatre. A self-proclaimed “history nerd”, Jay interprets history at the Indiana Historical Society and Conner Prairie.
Trevor Lyons (Tom Buchanan) graduated from the Atlantic Theater Company and Acting Conservatory almost 2 years ago and has been busy since. Trevor worked with Bill Pullman on Pullman’s play The Wild Hunt, as well as Daniel Gerroll on Gerroll’s play Commedia D’Amore, and also played senator Scott Lucas in the world premiere of Convention, a new play that workshopped at the Atlantic Theater Company written by Danny Rocco. Trevor also played the friend zoned buddy turned last minute interest in Reality Therapy, a new feature written and directed by Robert Fritz, and just finished shooting an episode of Evil Lives Here, where he played Daniel Starrett, the “Southern Ted Bundy.” Trevor is thrilled to be in Bloomington working on this masterpiece of a story.
Maria Argentina Souza (Jordan Baker) is an NYC based actor with Hoosier roots. She originated the roles of Lucinda in The History of Cardenio with Hoosier Bard Productions and Lily Booker in the world premiere of Current Economic Conditions: A Comedy at The Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis. Regional credits include: Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Antigone (The Theban Plays), Eliza Doolittle (Pygmalion), Liz (ReEntry), Adriana (The Comedy of Errors), Ophelia (Hamlet), and Libby (Blue Window). Maria received her MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School. What a piece of work is man.
Maggie Lynn Held (Myrtle Wilson) is happy to be back with Cardinal Stage. She was recently seen as a Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast. Maggie performed at Opryland USA, Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and Stages Children’s Theatre Tour. While in NY, Maggie starred in the first regional production of Songs for A New World. She also recorded national and regional voice overs. Favorite roles include, Truvy in Steel Magnolias, Anita in West Side Story, and Donna in Momma Mia. Maggie is an entrepreneur and the founder of Scribfolio®llc. Maggie is currently the Marketing Director for the E5 Foundation here in Bloomington.
Liam Castellan (George Wilson/Mr. McKee) was last on stage as Associate Pastor Joshua in The Christiansfor Cardinal last season, after graduating with his MFA in Directing from IU. Recent directing includes Cherry Docs and Church & State for Jewish Theatre of Bloomington, Honk! Jr. for Stages Bloomington, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and The Exonerated for IU Theatre, and excerpts from five plays for Cardinal’s “For Your Consideration” sampler series. He has taught theatre locally for Cardinal, Stages and IU. Next up: directing Charlotte’s Web for Cardinal. www.liamcastellan.com
Tom Slater (Meyer Wolfsheim) studied theatre and dance at the University of Southern California. He started competing as a dancer in college and eventually turned pro, adding teacher/choreographer to his repertoire. He has had many unique experiences, dancing for Bob Hope, President and Mrs. Clinton, and President Ford. He performed alongside Suzanne Somers, Vic Damone, Louise Mandrell, Charo, and had the honor of dancing with Juliet Prowse on national television. He’s coached many world champions and title-holders in a variety of ballroom dance-styles as well as Jane Krakowski, Chayanne, Kris Kristoferson and Joan Plowright for the movie Dance with Me, where he’s also a featured dancer. Tom performed with Cardinal in Mary Poppins, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, and was lead in Robbie Benson’s We Are. He owns a boutique studio where he teaches Ballroom and cuts hair: http://youniquestudio.com. Tom wears two hats for Gatsby as choreographer and actor.
Emily McGee (Mrs. McKee) is happy to be returning to Cardinal Stage after having previously played Becky in Bachelorette several seasons ago. Since that time, she has appeared in numerous film, theatre productions, and audio productions throughout Indianapolis. Recently you may have seen her as Agnetha in Monroe Civic Community Theatre’s production of Frozen, Dr. Lanyon in Ivy Tech’s Production of Jekyll and Hyde, and The Creature in the live audio drama performance of Frankenstein produced by the Bloomington Writer’s Guild and the Monroe County Public Library. Emily also regularly lends her puppetry skills and voice as Peggy, in the 2-time Emmy nominated children’s short Peggy’s Poetry and Zarg, which is featured weekly on The Friday Zone. Emily attended the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, graduating with a Masters in Music for vocal performance.