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When Pages Breathe: Bringing Literature to Life — An Oral Interpretation of The Great Gatsby

November 28, 2023 · 4:45 pm6:00 pm · Drapkin Studio at Lewis Arts complex

Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater & Music Theater

Experience the magic of classic American literature through the art of oral interpretation as the Program in Theater in collaboration with Princeton University Library’s special collections exhibition presents, When Pages Breathe: Bringing Literature to Life. Join us for a mesmerizing performance of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal work, The Great Gatsby, presented by Literature to Life with actor Bryce Foley. This compelling performance adapted and directed by Kelvin Grullon, promises to transport you to the Roaring Twenties—a time of opulence, jazz, and the complexities of the American Dream. Dive into the exploration of social stratification, the stark contrasts between ‘old money’ and ‘new money,’ and the intricate dynamics of gender, race, and environmentalism woven into the narrative. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to engage with the story in both performance and discussion. With special guests Elise Thoron, Bryce Foley, and Kelvin Grullon. This is not just a performance; it’s an homage to the timeless spirit of one of America’s greatest literary masterpieces and one Princeton’s most renowned alums, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Princeton Class of 1917. Hosted by Lecturer in Theater Chesney Snow in conjunction with his fall course, “The Oral Interpretation of Toni and William,” and will include presentations by students in the class. Also presented in collaboration with the Library’s special collections exhibition, In the Company of Good Books: Shakespeare to Morrison.

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