The Great Gatsby

Adapted by Simon Levy
Directed by Aurora Dreger

New York Premiere!

Fridays and Saturdays, September 5,6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 8:00 p.m.
Sundays, September 7, 14 and 21 at 2:00 p.m.

The Heights Players 59th season opens with the New York premiere of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, adapted for the stage by Simon Levy, and directed by Aurora Dreger. Guided by the only adaptation approved by the Fitzgerald estate, our opening production celebrates one of the most iconoclastic portrayals of the American Dream by one of the most famous American authors of all time. The Great Gatsby - the novel that defined the Jazz Age - comes to life in The John Bourne Theater September 5th-21st.

The Great Gatsby

Considered to be a contender for the title "The Great American Novel," The Great Gatsby is told through the eyes of Nick Carraway, a young man who comes to Long Island in the summer of 1922 to make his fortune in the stock market, but gets caught up in the world of jazz, booze, obsession and greed. Carraway will be played by Heights veteran Cameron McIntosh (Our Town, Verdict, The Foreigner). Cole Tucker (West Side Story) plays the elusive and glamorous Jay Gatsby, and newcomer Taylor Rynski portrays the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, the object of Gatsby's desire.

Daisy's husband, Tom, a powerful man with a mean streak, is played by Kevin McCauley (The Jungle Book). Tom's mistress, the bawdy and flashy Myrtle Wilson, is played by Hilary Goldman (Yentl). New to our stage is Erin Leddy, who plays golf star Jordan Baker, and Erick Wilson, playing Myrtle's husband George.

This production also boasts a strong supporting cast, with a mix of new and returning actors: R.L. Swartz (Our Town, She Loves Me) as Meyer Wolfsheim, Amanda Mendez and James Dirck (both from West Side Story) as Mrs. and Mr. McKee, Ethan Labourdette (The Jungle Book) as the policeman, and Cait Farrell and Danielle Hillanbrand as featured dancers. Newcomers Emma Cook (playing Mrs. Michaelis), Rebekah Madebach, Kellie Ferrick and Yurika Ohno round out the ensemble.

The Great Gatsby marks Aurora Dreger's mainstage directorial debut, after having worked for several seasons with us as producer/director for Theatre for Children, and as choreographer (West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Finian's Rainbow). Andrea Bernardo is the assistant director, Jill Lewis-Kelly is stage managing, and Steve Velardi is the general manager. Set design is by Scott Michael Salame, sound design by Cameron McIntosh, lighting design by Duane Pagano, and coordinating/designing the props is Jan VanderPutten. Michael Kidney will bring the iconic glamour of the 1920s to life as costume designer.

Performances are September 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 8:00 p.m.; and September 7, 14 and 21 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $18 for seniors and for those under 18. Reservations can be made by calling (718) 237-2752 or by clicking here (24-hour notice for online reservations, please).