“You’re asking the audience to collude with you in this fiction, in the impossibility of this fiction occupying this dramatic space.”
In this exclusive audio interview, excerpted for DT+, Sara Jane Bailes, University of Sussex, and John Collins, the founder of New York’s renowned theatre company Elevator Repair Service (ERS), discuss the practical processes and artistic choices behind some of ERS’ most innovative productions. With particular reference to Gatz, Collins provides in-depth insight into how ERS collaborates to create experimental theatre work from a range of literary sources and topics.
Collins reviews the challenging and rewarding experience of bringing F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby to life on stage, revealing his process and methods for working with problems instead of play texts and explaining how certain aspects of the novel could be answered in the staging of the piece.
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