Literature Live! presents The Great Gatsby
Directed by Joe Minutillo
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic Jazz Age novel, The Great Gatsby, comes to life on Bay Street’s intimate stage.
The Roaring 20’s was a time of excess, lavish parties and speakeasies. Jay Gatsby was a secretive and successful kingpin of the elite party circuit, but he had one burning desire and one purpose - to be with Daisy Buchanan, the love of his life from his youth. Set on Long Island in 1922, this compelling drama portrays the human condition of ambition, love, lust, greed, deceit, and most of all the struggles of class and the American Dream.
Joe Minutillo is excited to be back at Bay Street directing The Great Gatsby and to be working with an incredibly creative production team. This will mark Joe’s 6th time directing one of Bay Street Theater’s Literature Live! productions. His past shows include Diary of A Young Girl Anne Frank, To Kill A Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, The Scarlet Letter (an original piece Joe co-wrote with Scott Eck), and last year’s Death Of A Salesman. This past year he has directed The Lion King Jr., The Little Mermaid Jr., and A Christmas Story at The Gateway Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County. He continues to teach workshops around the state, direct for the Young American Writers Project at Stony Brook, and teach at the Gateway Acting School. Joe is a founding member of the NYSTEA (New York State Theatrical Education Association) and received the “Rod Marriot Award” for Theatre Education in the State of New York. Joe has dedicated much of his career in Theatre Education and believes in NYSTEA’s mantra that “Theatre Transform Young Lives”. Joe, as always, thanks the support of his wife Luci, and his children, Gregory, Megan and Schulyer.
About Literature Live!
Literature Live! brings the power of the word from the page to the stage. Using curriculum-based literature, Bay Street Theater creates a unique learning experience by bringing professional theater artists together to present first class productions. The possibilities for insight and understanding of the subject matter are only increased when students can witness the characters from a great play or novel living and breathing and telling their stories right before their eyes.
Literature Live! is sponsored by Century Arts Foundation, The Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Susan Dusenberry, Susan Edwards & Ian Ziskin, Dana Foundation, Jane Holden, In Memory of Sloane Shelton, Irvin Stern Foundation, The Moxie Foundation, Mary Lou & Sal Ranieri, Nancy Stearns, Theatre Venture, Inc., Susan Goldstein- Sunny & Abe Rosenberg Foundation, Town of Southampton.
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