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Elevator Repair Service

Nov 14–16, 2008


Elevator Repair Service: Gatz, 2006. Performer: Jim Fletcher. Photo by Chris Beirens.

Friday-Sunday, November 14-16, 3pm

Tickets $40, MCA members $32

Boxed Dinners, $12, are available through Puck’s Café (menu details), and can be purchased in advance through the MCA Box Office or online.

Gatz brings together the literary virtuosity of an American masterpiece and the mischievous creativity of one of New York’s most celebrated experimental companies, Elevator Repair Service. Gatz is a bold staging of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, verbatim and unabridged. It starts with a man sitting alone one morning in a dilapidated office reading out loud from a ragged paperback, and develops out of this simple beginning into a unique and transporting 6-hour theatrical event. This ambitious, hilarious, strangely insightful work is a memorable experience not to be missed.


Program Notes

About the Artist
Elevator Repair Service, a theater ensemble directed by John Collins, combines elements of slapstick comedy, hi-tech and lo-tech design, both literary and found text, found objects and discarded furniture, and the group’s own highly developed style of choreography. Their inspired and transformative experimentation has been widely applauded in the New York experimental theater world, with engagements across the U.S. and Europe. MCA is proud to present ERS in their Chicago debut.

Gatz ought be mandatory for all people of the theater.
– Klassekampen, Oslo

Breathtakingly good theater. . . leaves the audience with that melancholy emptiness that comes with the end of something great.
– Het Parool, Amsterdam

Thrillingly theatrical and moving… the company’s infectious love for Fitzgerald’s poetry makes you realize the shortcomings of almost every other staged adaptation.
– New York Times

Running time: 7.5 hours, including two short intermissions and a dinner break

Gatz is presented in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival. The 19th annual Chicago Humanities Festival features 120 events at 30 venues citywide and runs October 3 to November 16. Programs include concerts, theater performances, exhibits, discussions, lectures, and films. For information, visit www.chfestival.org or call 312.494.9509.

Boxed Dinner options
Sandwich Boxed Dinner, $12
Includes a side of macaroni and cheese or fruit salad, and a beverage.
–  Roast beef sandwich with horseradish aioli on focaccia
–  Roasted turkey with smoked gouda cheese, lettuce and tomato on country
Italian bread
–  Grilled vegetables with mozzarella on garden herb focaccia
Hot Entrée Boxed Dinner, $12
Includes chef’s choice hot pasta and a beverage.

* Patrons who reserve a boxed dinner by November 8, receive a coupon for a free cookie or dessert, available at intermission or during the dinner break.
** Boxed dinner sales end Tuesday, November 11, at 8 pm. Boxed dinners can be purchased through the MCA Box Office, 312.397.4010, or online.

A la carte options:
Mixed greens salad
Soup of the day
Assorted desserts
Assorted beverages
Beer and wine
* A la Carte offerings are not available for advance purchase.


Presented in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Commissioned in part by the MCA with support by the National Performance Network Creation Fund.