Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway, a young newcomer to Long Island, is drawn into their world of obsession, greed and danger. The breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age come to the stage in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, and in Simon Levy’s adaptation, approved by the Fitzgerald Estate.
“By the end of the evening, there was a longing to see it again. And then again …This adaptation by Simon Levy clearly understood that Fitzgerald’s words are sacred and can’t be improved upon. What was added, deleted or changed to adapt the story to the stage was so faithful to Fitzgerald that it became seamless…Expectations were far exceeded.”
MEET THE ARTISTS
Noelle Monroe (Director) is a director, actor, fight choreographer and educator who is happy to be newly relocated back in central FL and returning to Stageworks Theatre for The Great Gatsby. Monroe holds an M.F.A. in Theatre Directing from Purdue University, a B.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of South Florida, is an active member of SAFD, and teaches Theatre currently for Orange County Public Schools. Select past directing experiences: Eurydice, Herschel: Make Yourself Useful, The Skriker, Henry V, In the Heights, Aida, Macbeth. I do all of this for my sweet little Ffion. www.noellemonroe.com
Ryan E. Finzelber (Lighting Designer) is happy to return to Stageworks Theatre after lighting Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche and Inherit the Wind. Ryan serves as Resident Lighting Designer for both Urbanite Theatre of Sarasota and freeFall Theatre of St. Petersburg, where recent favorites include My Barking Dog, Breadcrumbs, Dry Land, The Drowning Girls, Stupid Fucking Bird, Freak (Urbanite Theatre), Assassins, The Light in the Piazza, Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play (freeFall Theatre), Lebensraum, Silence! The Musical (Jobsite Theatre). Visit www.finzelberdesign.com for additional information and production photos!
MARILYN GASPARDO BERTCH (Costume Designer) is completing her 8th year at University of South Florida teaching costume technology and design. A few past productions have been Hairspray, Blood Wedding, Life of Galileo and The Waiting Room along with various dance productions. Prior to this she was Costume Manager for Busch Gardens, Tampa for almost 23 years. Her designs while at Busch Entertainment/SeaWorld Parks included several ice shows and numerous theatrical productions. She is pleased to work for the second time with Stageworks Theatre, having designed Broadway Bound last season.
T.J. “Tandy” ECENIA (Scenic Designer ) has owned and operated her own company in Tampa for 37 years. Tandova, Inc. designs, constructs and rents, scenery and props for the entertainment Industry. Tandy’s history with Stageworks goes back to its’ first season and she has designed many shows over the years including her favorites, “God of Issac”, and “Angels in America”. Tandy has enjoyed long distance rides on her Heritage Softail Harley- Davidson with her husband, Lash. One of her life goals is to see the cemetery sculptures of Budapest and Bucharest and search for relatives in Rivne Oblast, Ukraine. Tandy’s past credits include seasons at the Alley Theatre in Houston, SFX for H.R. Pufnstuf for Sid and Marty Croft Entertainment in Atlanta, the National Tour of “1776”, the touring show of “Most Happy Fella”, t he premiere of South Africa’s ‘Ipi Tombi” for Pace Management, numerous productions with Houston Grand Opera, Greater Miami Opera, and Texas Opera Theatre and Florida Prop Master for Tim Burton’s “Edward Scissorhands”. She is very happy to be returning to Stageworks for this production!!
Amanda Zappia (Production Stage Manager) is excited to be back at Stageworks! She last worked as a production stage manager for Psycho Beach Party. She is a working actor and stage manager around the Tampa area but considers Stageworks a home! She gives thanks to everyone who has ever supported her. Continue to support local theatre!
R. James Faurote (Jay Gatsby) is making his Stageworks Theatre debut. He has been performing Tampa area for the past 15 years. Past credits include; Paul “Moon Over Buffalo”, Conrad Birdie “Bye, Bye, Birdie”, Jack “Into the Woods”, and Gideon “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”. Beyond performing James has also had the privilege to direct shows such as; “The Importance of Being Earnest”, “Man of La Mancha”, and will be directing “La Cage Aux Folles” in the spring of 2017 for The Carrollwood Players. A current resident of St. Petersburg, James spends the rest of his free time writing and adventuring with his daughter, Olivia. He would like to thank all his friends and family for the constant love and support.
Lauren Buglioli (Daisy Buchanan) was raised in London, where she studied theatre at Sylvia Young Theatre School, The Central School of Speech and Drama and The American School in London. She graduated from New York University where she studied at The Lee Strasberg Film and Television Institute and The Stella Adler Conservatory before moving to Tampa. Credits include: Sally in Cabaret, Jen in The Distance from Here, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, and Audrey in Paramount Comedy UK’s sitcom, Shane. Lauren teaches cycling classes and is Director of Shenanigans at CAMP Tampa. She is very thankful for Stageworks Theatre, this incredible company, and the opportunity to play Daisy. “Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold. -Zelda Fitzgerald. With a very full heart and much gratitude for her mom, dad, Tara, Buck, and her Tampa Bay family, she dedicates her performance to her mother, Glenda Sue, the original Southern Bell. www.laurenbuglioli.com
Jamie Jones (Tom Buchanan) ia a mild-mannered comic book artist by day and actor by night. He was last seen in Steve Martin’s The Underpants as Cohen for Jobsite Theater. And will be seen later in Hat Trick Theatre’s Lend Me a Tenor. But, neither of those shows are Gatsby which he is in now, and you are about to see. He is very excited about being in this production and thanks you greatly for spending a night at the theater.
Nathan Jokela (Nick Carraway) is a local actor who’s had the privilege of working with some of the best theatre companies in the Tampa Bay Area. He is excited to make his return to Stageworks in The Great Gatsby, having previously played George in their production of Of Mice and Men. Other notable roles you may have seen him in are: Eric in Cash on Delivery! (Hat Trick), Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (TampaRep) and Joe Farkas in The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Jobsite). Nathan also co-stars in the new horror comedy series Barry Baker: Aspiring Serial Killer on Amazon Prime Video. In his free time, Nate likes to cook and play guitar– though not necessarily at the same time. Special thanks to his family and fiancée for all their love and support, and to Karla and Noelle for giving him the opportunity to share this American classic.
Dahlia Legault (Jordan Baker) is returning to Stageworks Theatre for this years production of The Great Gatsby after a small tv career in AMC’s The Walking Dead as Francine. You may remember her from Tampa Rep’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as Maggie the Cat and Lady Macbeth in Jobsite’s Macbeth. Her past productions at Stageworks include My Children! My Africa! as Isabel Dyson. Eurydice is Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, Agnes in Agnes of God, and Neasa in Shining City. She is pleased to be returning to the stage in Tampa Bay where her dreams began.
Katrina Stevenson (Myrtle Wilson) most recently appeared onstage with Stageworks in PSYCHO BEACH PARTY as Marvel Ann, The Jobsite Theater in THE MAIDS as Claire, in the title role of Sarah Ruhl’s ORLANDO, and as Mrs. Van Buren in INTIMATE APPAREL with American Stage. Other credits include RICHARD III (Elizabeth), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Beatrice), LEBENSRAUM (Woman), TWELFTH NIGHT (Olivia) CLOSETLAND (The Woman), CRIMES OF THE HEART (Meg), THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Kate), DOG SEES GOD (Tricia), GOREY STORIES (Lady Celia), DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE (Hermione), RABBIT HOLE (Izzy), BOSTON MARRIAGE (Anna), THE MINEOLA TWINS (Myrna/Myra), and HURLYBURLY (Bonnie). Katrina holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Florida and a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Northern Colorado. When not at the theatre, Katrina loves running half marathons and running after her dogs Tink and Sherlock.
Matthew Frankel (George Wilson) is excited to make his Stageworks Theatre debut. Matt most recently performed in the 2016 Tampa Shakespeare Festival’s Richard III (Stanley) & Much Ado About Nothing (Don Pedro), and Jobsite Theatre’s Almost an Evening (Ensemble). He has Co Produced Tender Napalm 2015 and Beirut 2016 with Dan Granke at the Silver Meteor Gallery. He would like to thank all the support from his family and friends through out the years, especially to his wife Megan.
Pete Clapsis (Meyer Wolfsheim, Chester McKee, Policeman) is delighted to be joining The Stageworks Family making his debut treading our boards. Pete is no stranger to area theater. He appeared at American Stage in St. Petersburg as Dr. Yahuda in Hysteria and at Jobsite in Tampa as Jerry in Behind The Gates. He was last seen as the bigoted Juror Number 10 in Twelve Angry Men. Other roles- EJ Lofgren in Harvey at The Alhambra dinner Theatre in Jacksonville (alongside Charles Shaughnessy of the TV shows The Nanny and Days of Our Lives); Hysteria at WHAT on The Julie Harris Stage in Cape Cod; and numerous appearances at The Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson, Florida and The Jimmy Ferraro Studio Theatre in New Port Richey, Florida. Additionally Pete does Voice Overs for HITS106 Radio and has appeared in Independent Films and commercials. He also directs and is available for weddings and bar mitzvahs…
Staci Sabarsky (Mrs. McKee/Ensemble) is thrilled to be back on stage at Stageworks, where she was last seen as Mrs. Blair in Inherit the Wind. She recently directed a production of Proof in New Port Richey, and Dark Vanilla Jungle, across the pond, at the Camden Fringe Festival, where the production earned two four star reviews. The show was also listed as one of the top five shows to see at the festival which included over 250 plays during the month of August. Favorite roles include: Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire (The Gilbert Theatre), Maureen in Rent (The Gilbert Theatre), Debra in The Smell of the Kill (Temple Theatre), Annabella/Pamela/Margaret in The 39 Steps (Raleigh Little Theater), Belinda/Flavia in Noises Off (Theatre in the Park), Nancy in Frozen (Raleigh Ensemble Players), and Diana in Lend Me a Tenor (Actor’s Comedy Lab). Much love and many thanks to Karla, Noelle, Amanda, the cast & crew, and her husband Leon for their love and support.
K.D. O’Hair (Jordan Baker Understudy) is extremely excited to be making her Stageworks debut in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gastby. Working by day as a stylist at Moxie Salon of Lakeland, she performs and studies acting with whatever time she has left. Represented by Brevard Talent Group, Landrum Arts, and Productions Plus, she has appeared in AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire and NBC’s Chicago P.D. and was named Best-Up-and-Coming Actress in 2015 by Tampa Bay’s Creative Loafing for her role as Roberta in Shanley’s Danny and the Deep Blue Sea of The Heather. Some of her other stage credits include Grease (Rizzo), Cabaret (Sally Bowles), and Les Miserables (Fantine) of her home theater, Lakeland Community Theatre. She wants to thank her mother, Brenda, for her unwavering support and love, and the marvel, the man, her boyfriend, Chad… Love you both to the moon and back!