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Great Gatsby to play Lutcher


Last updated 2/27/2015 at Noon

The Lutcher Theater invites patrons to witness the sweep, poetry and grandeur of America's most celebrated novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby adapted by Simon Levy and performed by Montana Repertory Theatre. The play is scheduled for the Lutcher stage Friday, March 6, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at or by calling the Lutcher Theater Box Office.

Watch the rise and fall of the notorious Jay Gatsby and the alluring and dangerous Daisy Buchanan presented by one of the nation's premier touring companies. Seeing The Great Gatsby live on stage renews and refreshes our understanding of this remarkable tale told by an American genius.

With this production, the Montana Repertory Theatre continues their exploration of great American stories that penetrate the core of human experience. Over the past several years, Lutcher patrons have enjoyed such American classics as The Miracle Worker, Biloxi Blues, Bus Stop, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, all brought to us by Montana Rep. With each production, the company has brought new vitality and vision to time-honored theatre pieces.

Montana Rep, an Equity company based at The University of Montana in Missoula, has been touring since 1968. Over the past fifteen years the company has toured its productions of It’s a Wonderful Life; The Diary of Anne Frank; Death of a Salesman; The Miracle Worker; A Streetcar Named Desire; Steel Magnolias; The Trip to Bountiful; Lost in Yonkers; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; To Kill a Mockingbird; Leading Ladies; Bus Stop; and Doubt, A Parable. Montana Rep has presented more than 600 performances in nearly 500 communities from California to New York in that time.

Principal roles are played by actors whose past credits have included Broadway and national tours, major motion pictures, and productions at the nation’s leading regional theatres.

The Lutcher’s presentation of The Great Gatsby is sponsored by Scott and Rita Ballard.

The Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts is located at 707 Main, Orange.

The Lutcher Theater, The W.H. Stark House and Lamar State College Orange have partnered together providing “Get-Away” With Gatsby activities planned to enrich the “Gatsby” experience. Area residents are encouraged to read or re-read the novel as part of a Southeast Texas Reads initiative. Copies of the novel are available at the Lutcher Theater for $10. (Cash only please.)

The following activities are also planned:

March 3 – “Why the Twenties Roared” 5:00-6:30 p.m., LSCO Library

Panel Discussions including: “Historical Events of the 20s,” “Fashion,” “The Turbulent Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald” and “Harlem Renaissance or Jazz.”

March 6 – “The Green Light: The Unstoppable Aspiration of F. Scott Fitzgerald” 6:15 & 6:45 p.m., The W.H. Stark House Carriage House

Preshow talk by Jacob Thomas (Stark Museum of Art Intern, Gatsby enthusiast and historian) exploring themes of The Great Gatsby and the 1920s connecting The W. H. Stark House and Stark family History.

Please pre-register at or 409-886-5535.

(The W.H. Stark House tours will be given until 6:00 p.m. for general admission, SCV members free.)

“Post-show Talk Back with Cast” - Immediately following The Great Gatsby performance, Lutcher Auditorium March 7 – “1920s Day” – 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., The W.H. Stark House Carriage House

Explore the 1920s at The W.H. Stark House! How much did food cost? What did people earn? Be inspired by the 1920s fashion and make a bowtie or hair fascinator.

Take a 1920s focused first floor tour of The W.H. Stark House. (This will be the last day to view the exhibition of Reflecting the Times: Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco. The W.H. Stark House tours are general admission; SCV members free.)

More information about all Gatsby-related events is available by calling 886-5535.


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