Play evokes Roaring ’20s

OCT brings Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ to Eugene

By Jenny Wasson / The Bulletin

Published Feb 28, 2014 at 12:11AM

An American classic, “The Great Gatsby” transports readers to the decadent world of the Roaring ’20s.

That world comes alive in Simon Levy’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s beloved novel. Presented by the Oregon Contemporary Theatre and the Eugene Public Library, “The Great Gatsby” officially opens tonight and runs through March 22 at The Lord/Leebrick Playhouse in Eugene.

Levy’s adaptation is the only version of the novel authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, according to a news release. “The Great Gatsby” completes Levy’s “Fitzgerald Trilogy,” which also includes the award-winning adaptations of “Tender is the Night” and “The Last Tycoon.”

“Levy’s (‘The Great Gatsby’) has provoked historic excitement and is nothing less than magnificent in its powerful realization of the acclaimed novel’s Roaring Twenties, Jazz Age world of Prohibition, wealth, privilege, social worlds colliding, and the irreconcilable contradictions within the American Dream and ultimately about the ideal quest itself,” according to the news release.

The Eugene production is part of The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Along with the play, The Big Read will feature lectures, musical performances, workshops, exhibits, book groups, and movie screenings all related to the era and themes of “The Great Gatsby.” For a complete list of events held in March and April, visit www .neabigread.org.

Ticket prices range from $15 to $30, depending on seat location and day of performance. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.octheatre.org or call 541-465-1506.

— Reporter: 541-383-0350, jwasson@bendbulletin.com