Photo by Mark Barton

Gatz Makes its Bay Area Debut at Berkeley Rep

The Berkeley Rep will be staging what promises to be a blockbuster next month as Gatz makes its Bay Area debut.

According to spokesmen, the “astonishing tour de force” has sold out runs at The Public Theater, Sydney Opera House, in London’s West End, and at theatres and festivals around the world,

Here’s the plot:

An anonymous office worker at a shabby small business finds a copy of The Great Gatsby on his desk one morning, and starts to read aloud.

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.


This near-immersive experience was created and performed by Elevator Repair Service, with its text taken from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

John Collins directs this special presentation at the Roda Theatre, February 13–23, 2020.

Running time: approximately 6 hours, plus two 15-minute intermissions and a 2-hour dinner break

Look for an exclusive interview with Mr. Collins soon.