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May 16, 2024 - Martyna Majok, the Nakba in photographs, and film

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About The Episode

F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said “There are no second acts in American lives.”  but there are certainly second acts when it comes to Fitzgerald’s own classic “The Great Gatsby.” 

Fitting for a story about reinvention, The Great Gatsby has been adapted to  the screen and stage countless times. Now the American Repertory Theater is bringing it to life in a world premiere musical “Gatsby: an American  Myth.” 

The score is by Florence Welch and Thomas Bartlett and the book is by Martyna Majok, whose Pulitzer prize-winning play “Cost of Living” recently had a critically acclaimed run in Boston.  Martyna Majok joins The Culture Show to talk about diving into the glittery Gatsby galaxy. 

From there GBH’s James Bennett II joins us for an arts and culture roundup, from a photo exhibit sparking controversy in Newton for featuring Palestinian refugees to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum giving an 18th century viola d’amore a stress test.

Finally, Culture Show contributor Lisa Simmons joins us to talk about a range of  topics, from a roundup of upcoming film festivals to her take on normalizing 90 minute movies. Lisa Simmons is the  artistic and executive director of the Roxbury International Film Festival and program manager at Mass Cultural Council.