Celebrating its 66th season, The Naples Players welcomes patrons to "The Great Gatsby" opening on Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
In honor of opening night, the theatre will host a special Roaring 20s Red Carpet Party immediately preceding the show's first performance on Oct. 2. The party will kick-off at 6:30 p.m. on The Baker Stage with music and complimentary refreshments from The Naples Players Red Carpet Partners: Truluck’s, Riptide Brewery, and The Spice & Tea Exchange of Naples. Patrons are encouraged to dress in the 1920s style for the Opening Night Red Carpet Party.
"The Great Gatsby," sponsored by Lake Michigan Credit Union, is a contemporary stage adaptation of the classic Jazz-Era American novel penned by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Adapted for the stage by Simon Levy, it was first presented at the Guthrie Theatre in 2006. It features much of Fitzgerald’s prized language with the decadence of the 1920s. The Great Gatsby is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic story of Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, who passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway, a young newcomer to Long Island and a distant cousin of Daisy, is drawn into their world of obsession, self-absorption and greed. The breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age come to the stage in Simon Levy's adaptation. From the moment the curtain goes up, you’ve stepped inside a time machine rewinding back to 1920s Long Island. Simon Levy has lovingly taken F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel to the stage while remaining true to the original material.
Directed by Executive Artistic Director Bryce Alexander, "The Great Gatsby" performances run Wednesdays - Sundays, Oct. 2 - 27 in Blackburn Hall. The dominant themes of love, desire, and obsession prevail over Fitzgerald’s characters rich with hope and dreams positioned within the Art Deco stage design by set designer Maddie Pursell, which sets the stage artfully for their decadent world in the Jazz Era.
"The Great Gatsby" cast includes Bo Popoola as Jay Gatsby, Sydney Mixon as Daisy Buchanan, Nathan Eichhorn as Nick Carraway, Paul LoPresti as Tom Buchanan, Brooke Rosenbluth as Jordan Baker, Bernardo Santana as George Wilson, Victoria Diebler as Myrtle Wilson, Shelley Gothard as Mrs. McKee, Robin Gray as Mrs. Michaelis, Joe Loiacono as Meyer Wolfsheim, Perry Ventro as Chester McKee, and Len Becker as the Policeman. The Great Gatsby ensemble includes Rebecca Borchardt, Lucas Bueno, Ariana Da Frota, Austin Estremera, Kenneth Hardcastle, Gianna Koprowski, Brad Kielty, Harvey Millar, Mary Mitchell and Paula Shute.
Tickets are $40 and available at the walk-up Box Office at 701 5th Avenue South 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., or by calling (239) 263-7990, or online at NaplesPlayers.org.