F. Scott Fitzgerald's
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby centers around a “self-made” Jay Gatsby, a man from a working-class background, who had previously fallen in love with the wealthy and beautiful, Daisy Buchanan. After returning from his military service, he finds that Daisy had married blue-blood, Tom Buchanan. Gatsby, determined to win her back, does whatever it takes to reinvent himself into the man he thinks Daisy will want.
There will be one 15 minute intermission.
The taking of photographs or the use of any kind of recording device is strictly prohibited.
Aquila Theatre’s programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
“The National Endowment for the Humanities and Aquila Theatre together: Democracy demands wisdom.”
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Dear Arts Supporters,
On behalf of everyone at Viterbo University, I would like to welcome you to the Fine Arts Center as we celebrate the return of in-person performances. The pandemic necessitated a year and a half-long pause in our live event schedule, and both our artists and audience members have been sorely missed. It is truly great to have you with us.
It’s only fitting that the Fine Arts Center should be fully used to its intended purpose during its 50th anniversary year. Opened in 1971, it remains not only the premier arts facility in the region, but also a wonderful testament to the vision and courage of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration who made it possible. Their collective love and appreciation for the arts led to countless cultural opportunities in the greater La Crosse community and has enhanced all our lives.
New Fine Arts Center director Dillion McArdle and his staff have an outstanding season planned for you this year. I invite you to pick up an On Stage book or visit the Viterbo website for the complete schedule. There is a wide variety of offerings from which to choose, and tickets make wonderful gifts. Included in the schedule are the Conservatory for the Performing Arts student productions. I am continually amazed at the incredible talent of our students, and seeing them put it to use always fills me with pride, no matter their role, pursuit, or field of study.
While live performances and other events have returned, we must remain vigilant in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. I ask that you adhere to the university’s safety policies, including remaining masked while anywhere inside the building.
The arts will always be an integral part of the Viterbo University experience, which is made even more special through the support of our patrons, benefactors, sponsors, and volunteers. It would not be the same without you. Thank you.
Rick Trietley, President
Nick Carraway: Conner Keef
Daisy Buchanan/Catherine/Lucille: Palmyra Mattner
Jordan Baker/Movie Star: Aamira Challenger
Tom Buchanan/Gatsby’s Chauffeur/Mr. Mumble/Wolfsheim/Daisy’s Chauffeur: Austin Lewis
George B. Wilson/Butler/Chester McKee/Owl Eyes/Doc Civet/Mr. Gatz: James Lavender
Myrtle Wilson/Twin/Mrs. Fay/Mrs. Sloane/Miss Baedeker: Skye Pagon
Jay Gatsby: Joshua Liburd
Understudies: Elizabeth Belfast, Katie Housley, Daniel Crenshaw, James Counihan
Director: Desiree Sanchez
Creative Director/Lighting and Scenic Designer: Stevie Mackie
Projection Designer: Lianne Arnold
Costume Designer: Deanna Berg Maclean
Intimacy Coach: Rick Sordelet
Choreographer: Stina Dallons
Associate Costume Designer: Nicole Zausmer
Music Curator: Andromeda Turre
Props Designer: Jesse Sailer
Production Management: Intuitive Production Management
Production Manager: Robert Signom III
Technical Director: Stevie Mackie
Production Stage Manager/Properties Coordinator: Alex Duncker
Company Manager: Sophie Solomon
Assistant Stage Manager: Kayla Owen
Assistant Costume Designer: Hae Min Yun
Aquila Theatre is one of the foremost producers of classical theatre in the U.S. and has been bringing audiences world-class actors, captivating designs, innovative adaptations, and impactful direction since 1991. Aquila Theatre also provides extensive educational offerings and is an award-winning leader in the field of public arts and humanities programming. Aquila Theatre's mission is to create innovative interpretations of the classics for today’s audiences. By diversifying the classics and expanding the canon, Aquila seeks to enhance the plurality of our perspectives.
Aquila regularly produces in New York, most recently at The Brooklyn Academy of Music, GK Arts in DUMBO, and ART/NY. The company also visits 50–60 American cities per year with a program of two plays, workshops, and educational programming, and is under the Artistic Directorship of Desiree Sanchez. Aquila has been awarded numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Humanities, from which it received a Chairman's Special Award, the New York State Councils for the Arts and Humanities, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Aquila has performed at the White House under the Bush and Obama administrations and has performed for the U.S. Supreme Court and for the National Council on the Arts. Aquila was also recently invited by Lin-Manuel Miranda to perform at the U.S. Capitol in support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, for its groundbreaking theatre and humanities program: The Warrior Chorus.
PRODUCTIONS IN NEW YORK CITY: Aquila is a major part of New York's theatrical landscape, producing a regular season of plays. Aquila recently produced: The Trojan War: Our Warrior Chorus, based on the writings of Homer, Aeschylus, Euripides, and Sophocles, and reimagined through the experiences of modern day military veterans at Brooklyn Academy of Music; Romeo and Juliet, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and Philoctetes at GK ArtsCenter in Brooklyn; a staged workshop production of A Female Philoctetes at BAM Fisher’s Hillman Studio as part of our YouStories program; Euripides’ Herakles at BAM; Shakespeare’s Macbeth at the GYM at Judson; Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author, Shakespeare’s As You Like It, and Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University; Joseph Heller’s Catch-22; and Homer’s The Iliad: Book One Off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
A MAJOR ANNUAL NATIONAL TOUR: Aquila is the foremost producer of touring classical theatre in the U.S. visiting 50-60 American cities per year. Recent past touring seasons include: George Orwell’s 1984 and Homer’s Odyssey (2019/2020) Shelley’s Frankenstein and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2018/19); Hamlet and Austen’s Sense & Sensibility (2017/18); Much Ado About Nothing and Murder on the Nile, as well as The Trojan War: Our Warrior Chorus (2016/17); Romeo and Juliet and Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (2015/16); The Tempest and Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (2014/15); Twelfth Night and Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 (2013/14); Taming of the Shrew and Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac (2012/13); Macbeth and Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (2011/12); A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author (2010/11); As You Like It and Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People (2009/10).
INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCES: Aquila has appeared in numerous festivals and at venues around the world including performances in London, Holland, Germany, Greece, Scotland, Canada, Bermuda, and at the Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece and the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation in Athens. Most recently Aquila performed A Female Philoctetes in Athens, Greece and Shakespeare’s The Tempest at New York University’s campus, and La Pietra, in Florence, Italy as part of their summer event series.
EDUCATION PROGRAMS: Aquila is dedicated to theatre arts education and produces three major initiatives: Workshop America, a nationwide program that provides an opportunity for people to share in the art of Aquila; Theatre Breakthrough, which brings America’s schools to the stage; and Hear Our Call!, a drama training program for NY-based teens from immigrant, refugee, asylee, and underserved families.
WARRIOR CHORUS: AMERICAN DEMOCRACY: Staged readings, unity workshops, and a series of discussions around the meaning and future of democracy. The Warrior Chorus is a national initiative that trains veterans to present innovative public programs based on ancient literature, presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. It will create national discussions around democracy led by the people who fight for it.
Executive Artistic Director: Desiree Sanchez
Founding Director: Peter Meineck
Company Management: Sophie Solomon
Accountant: Insight Ledger
Represented by OPUS 3 Artists