Created and performed by Elevator Repair Service
Text: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Directed by John Collins
Special Presentation · Roda Theatre
February 13–23, 2020

After sold out runs at The Public Theater, Sydney Opera House, in London’s West End, and at theatres and festivals around the world, an astonishing tour de force finally comes to Berkeley.

An anonymous office worker at a shabby small business finds a copy of The Great Gatsby on his desk one morning, and starts to read aloud. At first his coworkers hardly notice. But after a series of strange coincidences, it’s no longer clear whether he’s reading the book or the book is transforming him.

The winner of two Lucille Lortel Awards, three Elliott Norton Awards, and an Obie Award, Gatz has enthralled audiences from New York to Lisbon and Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi. “[A] work of singular imagination and intelligence,” says the New York Times. “The most remarkable achievement in theater not only of this year but also of this decade.” Don’t miss this opportunity to see the theatrical ensemble Elevator Repair Service make their Berkeley Rep debut with Gatz.

Whether you’ve read and loved it or never gotten around to it, now’s your chance to have F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic performed for you, word for word. Don’t miss this binge-worthy experience that’s a celebration of the act of reading and a brilliant blast of theatre.

Running time

Each performance of Gatz runs approximately 6 hours, plus two 15-minute intermissions and a 2-hour dinner break. It’s the type of phenomenal event you’ll only see at Berkeley Rep!

Chapters 1–3: 2 hours
Intermission: 15 minutes
Chapters 4–5: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Dinner break: 2 hours
Chapters 6–7: 1 hour and 25 minutes
Intermission: 15 minutes
Chapters 7–9: 1 hour and 25 minutes

An important note regarding health and content advisories:
Berkeley Rep offers an advisory about any stage effect of potential concern to patrons’ health. We will provide this information as soon as it’s available. We don’t offer unsolicited content advisories as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have concerns about content or themes, we are happy to provide details. Please call our box office at 510 647–2949 or email

Season sponsors

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Current ticket prices

Regular: $125 · Under the age of 35: $62.50–115

We offer special pricing to groups of 10+. Check out our group and Entourage discounts.

Prices are subject to change at any time. Generally, your best bet is to buy early.

Gatz calendar

Please note: For Gatz, all performances begin at 2pm and following a dinner break the second half begins at 7:30pm.

A strangely seductive, often revelatory, and altogether ingenious production”

Chicago Sun-Times

The Great Gatsby meets The Office. By the end of the six hours I considered it time remarkably well spent.”

Boston Globe

Meticulous, mesmerizing”

Sydney Morning Herald

A brilliant paradox—the show is at once entirely literary and entirely theatrical. And as always when we finish a great novel it is reluctantly that we leave the characters.”

Publico (Portugal)

Much of the pre-show hype swirling around the North American premiere of Gatz centered around its daunting seven-hour (with breaks) length; anticipatory expectations were wholly exceeded by the show itself, which is a revelatory and exuberant experience.”


This could be mere event theatre gimmickry or mind-gnawingly boring, but every aspect of the production is so brilliantly conceived and executed that all doubts are overcome.”

The Independent (London)

More than a good story well told: An almost palpable triumph of literature.”

Die Presse (Vienna)

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Official trailer: Gatz

Get a peek at Gatz in this official trailer by Elevator Repair Service.



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