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WHATco Presents The Great Gatsby: A Live Radio Play

Apr 12, 2023
The Great Gatsby A Live Radio Play Cover photo

The West Hudson Arts & Theater Company (WhatCo) continues its season plays with The Great Gatsby: A Live Radio Play directed by Beatriz Esteban-Messina with Musical Director Scott Burzynski on Friday and Saturday, May 19 & 20, 2023 @ 7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 21, 2023, @ 2:00. and Friday and Saturday, May 26, 2023, and May 27, 2023 @ 7:30 p.m.  The WHATCo Theatre is located at 15 No. Frank E. Rodgers Blvd., Harrison, NJ.  The Radio Show was adapted for the Stage by Joe Landry.

The Great Gatsby: A Live Radio Play is based on the Novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  It has original music by Kevin Connors.  The classic book comes to life as a 1940s radio broadcast. The ensemble brings more than two dozen characters from the novel to the WHATCo Theatre. The Theatre is within a former school building which has very high ceilings.  The Theatre has a rich history and must be seen to be fully appreciated. The 1940s will come alive in a Theatre that for sure hosted a lot of plays on its stage during the period.

The Cast

Christopher Tully as Nick Carraway

Jason Simmons as Jay Gatsby (5/19-21)

Byron Hagan as Jay Gatsby (5/26-27)

Janna Epstein as Daisy Buchanan

Tara Spinelli as Jordan Baker

Nelson DePasquale as Tom Buchanan with

Richard Dwyer as the Announcer and Owl Eyes

George Rex as Meyer Wolfsheim

Joseph Jones as George Wilson

Matt Masiello as Michaelis and Klipspringer

Continued After Photo: View from WHATCo Theatre Stage into Audience.

Carlos Caban DeJesus as Policeman, Gatsby’s butler, Train conductor

Jack Pignatello as Nick’s father, Partygoer 2, Henry C. Gatz

Miranda Madrazo as Lana Sherwood and Buchanan’s maid

Jessica Jones as Myrtle, Partygoer #1, a Well-dressed lady, Gatsby’s gardener

Cynthia Ross as Catherine and Sally Applewhite

Roman Koster as the Foley artist

Tickets: $20 for Adults, $15 for Students/Seniors


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Photo of Holy Cross Banquet Hall/Theatre courtesy of Harrison Fest Inc.

The WHATCo program is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of the Department of State, and administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive & the Hudson County Board of County Commissioners.