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‘The Great Gatsby’ isn’t just flappers and parties in Bag Productions’ show

Back to Main MenuBusiness News HomeFront PorchIt Only MoneyOregon the EconomyPlaybooks ProfitsSilicon ForestWindow ShopStock Market ReportBusiness Public BlogBack to Main MenuVideos from the OregonianVideos from The Beaverton LeaderVideos from the Hillsboro ArgusVideos from The Forest Grove LeaderYour VideosFlappers, prohibition and luxurious parties are what most people seem to remember from their required high school reading of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” For those who saw Leonardo DiCaprio in the Gatsby film released in May, visual opulence was further underscored. on Sept. 26. Opens Sept. 27 and runs through Oct. 20. on Sundays. Where: The Venetian Theatre at 253 E Main St.Bag Production’s artistic director Scott Palmer said their production of “The Great Gatsby,” which officially opens Sept. 27, will surprise those who come expecting extravagance.Using a script by playwright Simon Levy, the only adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” approved by the Fitzgerald estate, the Bag show aims to keep the focus on the characters and relationships, rather than the stereotypical excess of the 1920s. Escher style 35 foot boat dock, and words from Fitzgerald’s text pro marc jacobs jected over the scene, creating dream like layers of the memory based story.”When theater gets into a lot of stuff, things get lost,” Megan Wilkerson, the show’s designer, said. “It can end up feeling like we’re trying to make a movie, which is not going to happen. We want to say as much as we can with as few objects as we can.”Coming back to the poetry of Fitzgerald’s text, Palmer stressed, is what he has encouraged actors to remember.When Cassie Greer was offered the role of Daisy, the femal marc jacobs e lead in the play, she said it made her uneasy.”I was scared of it because it’s an iconic story and she’s an iconic character,” Greer admitted. “There are so many complicated subtleties and nuances. And she is kind of crazy.”In the end, she accepted the role and the challenge.To prepare, she pulled out a copy marc jacobs of “The Great Gatsby” and read through the story, this time with a different lens. She learned that when the book was first published in marc jacobs 1925, sales were dismal. It wasn’t until World War II when the military distributed copies to troops serving as a reminder of the wealth and freedom they were fighting for that the book began to take off. Unfortunately, the late Fitzgerald never saw his book’s success.Cassie Greer as Daisy Buchannan in Bag Productions’ production of “The Great Gatsby.”Casey Campbell”The message of the story seems to be that rich people are inherently bad, that the American dream ends up consuming people who buy into it,” Greer said. “I think Fitzgerald was attempting to have that American nouveau riche lifestyle and that it plagued him morally, which he was trying to grapple with as he wrote the story.”Greer and Palmer hope that the show will inspire audiences to discuss issues presented on stage, noting similarities between life in the 1920s and the 21st century. They agreed that the topics aren’t light, but doing anything less wouldn’t be in keeping with the Bag mission of making theater “real” and “provocative.””The production we’re doing is not a tragic love story,” Greer said. “It’s a tragedy in that these people aren’t honest about themselves and with each other.”