APRIL 1, 2023
It’s gonna be great… Gatsby! Almost 100 years after it’s first publication, PortFringe is excited for you to bring F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby to life for PortFringe POPUP 2023! If you don’t remember your high school English class, no worries, we’re here to help. Set in the Jazz Age on Long Island, near New York City, the novel depicts first-person narrator Nick Carraway’s interactions with mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and Gatsby’s obsession to reunite with his former lover, Daisy Buchanan.
Published in 1925, amidst the Jazz Age and on the heels of a World War and the 1918 flu Pandemic, The Great Gatsby captures a snapshot in time while also being timeless. It speaks to many themes we can easily relate to today; a cynical view of “The American Dream,” a status-obsessed class system, societal gender expectations, and sexuality to name a few.
We believe art is an important tool for holding a mirror up to ourselves and society, allowing us to ask hard questions, laugh at ourselves, and cry together. So, get ready for a roaring PopUp Party to present your take on this American classic. Stay tuned for more info about venue, ticketing, and other details!
The 2023 Pop-up Gatsby Artists
1. FrostHEAVE (Augusta)
2. Allen Adams (Bangor)
3. Generation Z (Portland)
4. Always Happens! Productions (Portland)
5. Mad Horse Theatre Company (South Portland)
6. Shakespeare & Shenanigans (Portland)
7. The Content Collective (Portland)
8. Eleven & One Theatre Collective (Portland)
9. Chimera Theatre Collective (Scarborough)
10. Josh Brassard (South Portland)
WHAT’S A PORTFRINGE POP-UP?
POP-UP is the annual fundraising event for PortFringe – Maine’s Fringe Festival. Performance Artists, chosen by random lottery, are each assigned one section of a classic work — which must be performed in just a few minutes – and with zero coordination with the other scenes. That’s right – the first time the show happens in scene order is on opening night, in front of a live audience!