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'Great Gatsby' kicks off MainStage season

New music and choreography featured in production of Fitzgerald’s classic fable of America

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“The Great Gatsby,” the classic fable of America, the Jazz Age, enchantment and illusions, will kick off the Mainstage Season of theatre and dance at the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts in the Josephine Louis Theater.

See ticket prices and full performance schedule, from Oct. 14 to 30, below. 

“The Great Gatsby,” the beloved novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, was adapted by Simon Levy. Inspired by the depression era jazz age, the production features original new music, composed by Kevin O'Donnell, and original choreography by Jeff Hancock. A post-show discussion with director and SoC M.F.A. candidate Michael Cotey and the cast will follow the Thursday, Oct. 20 performance.

An integral part of the Western canon, the classic tale tells the story of Midwest native Nick Carraway, who arrives in New York in search of the American dream. He gets thrown into the deep end of the Roaring Twenties when he gets caught up in the lavish and improbable world of a man named Gatsby, Nick’s cousin Daisy and her philandering husband, Tom.

Nick bears witness to the clique’s illusions, deceits and the wreckage they leave in their wake in a tale of impossible love, dreams and tragedy. Brought to life through bold and imaginative staging, the great American novel can be experienced for the first time through this production or re-experienced in an imaginative new way.

Tickets are $25 for the general public; $22 for senior citizens (62 and over) and area educators; $20 for Northwestern University faculty and staff; and $10 for full-time students, 30 years or younger, with valid IDs (at the door). Tickets for Northwestern students are $6 in advance or $10 at the door. All performances will take place at the Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. See the full performance schedule below.

For more information, call 847-491-7282, visit the Wirtz Center website or email

Performance schedule: “The Great Gatsby”

  • 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14
  • 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15
  • 2:00 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16
  • 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20 (With post-show discussion with director and cast)
  • 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21
  • 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22
  • 2:00 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 23
  • 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28
  • 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29
  • 2:00 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30

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