A modern interpretation of "The Great Gatsby," told largely through dance, is taking the stage at Shadowbox Live.

A modern interpretation of "The Great Gatsby," told largely through dance, is taking the stage at Shadowbox Live.

"Broken Whispers," opening today, Aug. 18, retells the classic love affair between Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan with a conspicuous plot twist: Jay Gatsby is played by a woman.

Set in the 1920s, when such relationships were viewed unfavorably, it brings a provocative edge to the tale, said Katy Psenicka, choreographer for Shadowbox.

"It's a tragic, beautiful story -- lots of twists and turns," Psenicka said.

While the performance contains minimal dialogue, the plot will be recognizable for most audience members, she said.

"I think that if they're familiar with the story, and they've seen the movies or they've read the book, they'll have no problem following the story," Psenicka said. "It's really clear."

"Broken Whispers" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. today and continue with shows at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 10. Two additional shows will be presented at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 and 28. Tickets are $25 or $20 for students, seniors and the military. They can be purchased online at shadowboxlive.com or by calling 614-416-7625.

In the Shadowbox version, Gatsby arrives on the scene as a self-made millionaire. She longs for Daisy, who's married to Tom Buchanan and is aware of his open affair.

There's constant tension because of the feelings Gatsby and Daisy have for each other and Daisy's affection for the lifestyle Tom provides for her. Meanwhile, Daisy questions whether she could accept a same-sex relationship at a time when society shuns them.

A car accident adds complexity to an already knotted situation.

As with the novel, Nick Caraway, here played by Robbie Nance, narrates some of the scenes. In "Broken Whispers," Jordan Baker, played by Nikki Fagin, also narrates part of the show.

Amy Lay, who plays Gatsby, said the role "has been a complete joy."

"It's easy to see this story as a sad one, and as we're exposed to sanctimonious acts of violence and intolerance daily, it's easy to say, 'Oh, we shouldn't tell another sad story,'" Lay said. "But through all the glamour, this story is about pure, lasting love and how it will always prevail through a tornado of hate and adversity.

"Pure love is timeless, has no bounds," Lay said. "Maybe that's something we all need, a reminder, to stop and provide pure love, no matter the consequences."

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