Dead Writers Theatre Collective presents the Chicago premiere of Tea with Edie and Fitz – a show all about the fusion of writing. Playwright Adam Pasen has imagined the 1925 meeting of iconic writers; Edith Wharton and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Historically, little is known about the actual event that would cause Wharton and Fitzgerald to ‘defriend‘ after one tea party. Pasen pulls us into the lives of these writers in the 1920s. He chronicles the steps leading to Wharton’s decision to invite “The Great Gatsby” newbie author to her home. On the flip side, Pasen deconstructs Fitzgerald’s life from the tea encounter and goes backwards to show the novelist’s personal struggle to produce ‘Gatsby.‘ Pasen’s clash of the titans is this intimate look at two very different writers and their influencing muses and styles. The clever dialogue is riddled with literary references. The context makes me want to gather the collection of Wharton and Fitzgerald’s writing and read them simultaneously and chronologically. I was enthralled by the writing of this play that served as Pasen’s thesis for his PhD.
Read the rest of my review at Chicago Theater Beat.
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