Join Aquila Theater for their new theatrical adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby” at 7:30 pm Thursday in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center’s Main Theater.
Written in 1924, “The Great Gatsby” is a profound and honest portrayal of class, racism, and prejudice in American society. F. Scott Fitzgerald paints a vivid picture of how the pursuit of the American dream without real equality can lead to disastrous consequences. This idealistic story depicts a culture where prosperity is seen only through wealth, obsession masquerades as love, and criticism is used as a weapon to strengthen one’s vulnerability.
The story is about a “self-made” Jay Gatsby, a man from the working class, who first fell in love with the wealthy heiress, Daisy Buchanan. After he returns from his military service, he discovers that Daisy is married to the blue-blooded Tom Buchanan. Gatsby is determined to win her back, to do whatever it takes to remake himself into the man he thinks Daisy wants.
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Aquila Theater is one of the premier producers of classical theater in the US, visiting 50 to 60 American cities each year. The group has received many grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Humanities. The group has worked at the White House and for the United States Supreme Court and the National Council on the Arts.
The Aquila Museum of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” is part of Viterbo’s Presenting Series and is supported by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Wisconsin Public Radio and FOX 25/48 are the media sponsors and Holiday Inn Express is the hotel sponsor.
Tickets are $39 for the main floor, $35 for the lower level, and $29 for upper level seating, plus taxes and fees. Masks must be worn in all public areas within the Viterbo campus. For more information or to order tickets, call the Viterbo box office at 608-796-3100 or visit www.viterbo.edu/tickets.
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