Laurena Allan, Gary Wilmes, Scott Shepherd, Annie McNamara, Kate Scelsa & Vin Knight. Photo by Mark Barton.

Scott Shepherd. Photo by Paula Court.

Susie Sokol, Scott Shepherd, Gary Wilmes, Jim Fletcher & Victoria Vazquez. Photo by Paula Court.

Victoria Vazquez & Jim Fletcher. Photo by Paula Court.

Scott Shepherd & Annie McNamara. Photo by Mark Barton.

Victoria Vazquez & Jim Fletcher. Photo by Paula Court.

Susie Sokol & Gary Wilmes. Photo by Paula Court.



James Gatz — that was really, or at least legally, his name.

One morning in the shabby office of a mysterious small business, an employee finds a copy of The Great Gatsby in the clutter on his desk. He starts to read it out loud and doesn’t stop. At first his coworkers hardly notice. But after a series of strange coincidences, it’s no longer clear whether he’s reading the book or the book is transforming him.

8 hours long and with a cast of 13, Gatz is by far ERS’s most ambitious endeavor yet — not a retelling of the Gatsby story but an enactment of the novel itself. Fitzgerald’s American masterpiece is delivered word for word, startlingly brought to life by a low-rent office staff in the midst of their inscrutable business operations.


The most remarkable achievement in theater not only of this year but also of this decade.

—Ben Brantley, The New York Times

A strangely seductive, often revelatory, and altogether ingenious production…

—Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

…One of the few ovations for which I have unreservedly stood.

The Independent, London



The Times of London May 10, 2012

The Show That Made Gatsby Even Greater by Tim Teeman

The New York Times December 16, 2010

Hath Not A Year Highlights? Even This One? by Ben Brantley

The New Yorker September 27, 2010

Putting 'The Great Gatsby' - Every Word Of It - Onstage by Rebecca Mead

New York Magazine October 6, 2010

A Spellbinding Six-Hour Gatz by Scott Brown

The New York Times October 6, 2010

Borne Back Ceaselessly Into The Past by Ben Brantley

The New York Times February 5, 2010

A Novel 'Gatsby': Stamina Required by Ben Brantley

The Boston Globe May 15, 2009

'The Great Gatsby' Meets 'The Office' by Don Aucoin

The Sydney Morning Herald December 28, 2009

Stage Provides Rich Pickings As Market Went Belly Up by Jason Blake

The Sydney Morning Herald May 19, 2009

Mesmerising Take On Gatsby by Jason Blake

The Chicago Tribune November 17, 2008

At Six-Plus Hours, Stage Take On 'Gatsby' A Great One Indeed by Chris Jones

Time Out Chicago November 13-19, 2008

Fitz Of Passion by John Beer

Chicago Sun-Times November 15, 2008

Baring The Heart, Soul, Of 'Gatsby' by Hedy Weiss

The Irish Times October 4, 2008

'Gatz' Is Great, But 'Metamorphosis' Has Altered Too Much by Fintan O'Toole

The Independent October 3, 2008

Observations: A Joyful Day In The Company Of The Great Gatsby by Larry Ryan

Irish Times September 29, 2008

Review Of 'Gatz' At The Project by Peter Crawley

ArtForum: Best of 2007 December 1, 2007

On The Ground: New York by Debra Singer

The New York Times Magazine December 9, 2007

The Unadapted Theatrical Adaptation by Jason Zinoman

The New York Times September 16, 2007

This Week Ahead: September 16-22 by Jason Zinoman

The Village Voice September 12-18, 2007

Avant-Garde, PA by Alexis Soloski

The Bulletin September 4, 2007

Technical, Classical Brilliance Opens Festival by Jim McCaffrey

Publico July 4, 2007

The Great Gatsby In The Theatre: A Brilliant Marathon by Rita Martins

Die Presse June 17, 2007

A Triumph Of Literature Over Time by Anne-Catherine Simon

Klassekampen December 12, 2006

The Novel As Novel by Therese Bjørnboe

Variety October 1, 2006

Gatz by Quinton Skinner

Neue Zürcher Zeitung August 28, 2006

A Slice Of Happiness In The Tristesse Of The Roaring Twenties by Alexandra Kedves

Landboote August 28, 2006

Under The Spell Of A Novel by Stefan Busz

Tages-Anzeiger August 28, 2006

Textual Fidelity Reborn Through The Medium Of Soap Opera by Tobi Müller

The New York Times July 16, 2006

Is This Town Big Enough For Two Gatsbys? Maybe Not by Jason Zinoman

Het Parool June 16,2006

Seven Hours Of Tremendous Theater by Simon van den Berg

8Weekly June 16, 2006

Gatz - Elevator Repair Service by Mieke Zijlmans

Trouw June 16, 2006

Wonderfully Intoxicated By The Sober Language Of Fitzgerald by Hanny Alkema

Walker Art Center interview June 8, 2006

Elevator Repair Service's Gatz

NRC Handelsblad June 2, 2006

She Only Loves Me by Kester Freriks

De Volkskrant May 29, 2006

Gatsby-Marathon: Reading It Out Loud by Karin Veraart

Le Soir May 24, 2006

A Very Digestible Brick

Yale Alumni Magazine November/December 2005

Gatsby, Every Last Word Of It, On Stage by Alejandra O'Leary



  • Nick, Scott Shepherd (also Ben Williams)
  • Jim, Jim Fletcher
  • Lucille, Kate Scelsa
  • Jordan, Susie Sokol (also Sibyl Kempson or Annie McNamara)
  • Daisy, Victoria Vazquez (also Lucy Taylor)
  • Tom, Gary Wilmes (also Robert Cucuzza or Ben Williams)
  • Chester, Vin Knight (also Greig Sargeant or John Collins)
  • George, Aaron Landsman (also Frank Boyd)
  • Catherine, Annie McNamara (also Kristen Sieh or Lindsay Hockaday)
  • Michaelis, Ben Williams (also Matt Tierney)
  • Myrtle, Laurena Allan
  • Ewing, Mike Iveson
  • Henry C. Gatz, Ross Fletcher


  • Director John Collins
  • Associate Director Steve Bodow
  • Set Designer Louisa Thompson
  • Lighting Designer Mark Barton
  • Assistant Lighting Designer Dans Maree Sheehan
  • Sound Designer Ben Williams
  • Sound Engineer Jason Sebastian
  • Costume Designer Colleen Werthmann
  • Assistant Costume Designer Campbell Ringel, Ana Schumacher
  • Stage Manager/Assistant Director Sarah Hughes
  • Production Manager B.D. White
  • Producer Ariana Smart Truman
  • Company Manager Lindsay Hockaday

  • Gatz was originally stage managed by Daya Wolterstorff, 2004-2006.

    Robert Cucuzza originated the role of Tom, 2004-2007.

    Ethan Lipton originated the role of Ewing, 2004-2005.

    Paul Boocock, Sue Dennis, Rinne Groff, James Hannaham, Sibyl Kempson, Leah Rudick, Jay Smith, and James Urbaniak contributed to the development of Gatz.