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Scott Shepherd of A.R.T.’s ‘Gatz’ to Appear at Borders Bookstore


Scott Shepherd with book.

Scott Shepherd, star of Elevator Repair Service’s production of Gatz, opening at the A.R.T. On January 12, 2010, will be at Border’s Bookstore at Downtown Crossing on January 7, 2010 in Boston to talk about the production created by his company. Shepherd has the entire novel committed to memory, performing his role as the reader/ narrator Nick Caraway. Attendees of the event will have the opportunity to test Mr. Shepherd’s knowledge of the book.

Gatz is an ambitious, audacious, and accessible theatrical tour de force, an interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 classic The Great Gatsby. Transforming a literary masterpiece into an intoxicating six-hour theatrical experience — during which every word of the book is spoken — the celebrated New York-based theater company Elevator Repair Service brings the written word to life. Inside a run-down office, workers, supervisors, and visitors mysteriously assume the roles of Fitzgerald’s characters. A remarkable ensemble of 13 actors draws the audience into a powerful, provocative, and verbally sumptuous world caught between the past and present. Gatz begins one morning in the low-rent office of a mysterious small business when an employee finds a ragged old copy of The Great Gatsby in the clutter of his desk and starts to read it out loud. And doesn’t stop. At first his coworkers hardly seem to notice, but then strange coincidences start happening in the office, one after another, until it’s no longer clear whether he’s reading the book or the book is doing something to him…

Scott Shepherd grew up in the suburbs of Charleston, SC and Atlanta, GA and graduated from Brown University in 1990. He joined ERS in 1994. His credits with ERS include McGurk: A Cautionary Tale; Shut Up I Tell You (I Said Shut Up I Tell You); Cab Legs; Total Fictional Lie; Gatz; No Great Society; The Sun Also Rises. He was also a member of the renowned The Wooster Group, where he appeared in The Hairy Ape; North Atlantic; To You, The Birdie!; Brace Up!; Poor Theater (receiving a Bessie and an Obie award); The Emperor Jones; Hamlet; La Didone; and Vieux Carré. This is his first appearance on a Boston stage.

Compiled from the press release courtesy of the American Repertory Theater (website | profile | tag archive).

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