Lecturer in Theater Chesney Snow and students in his fall course, “The Oral Interpretation of Toni and William,” present a multimedia oral interpretation of literature installation that examines speech as an aspect of fine art through the exploration of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, as well as the literary canons of iconic American writer Toni Morrison and English playwright and poet William Shakespeare. The installation also includes work by visual artists Brian Gonzalez and AK Lovelace and New York City-area high school students and features live music by AJ Khaw and projection design by David Bengali. The work to be presented is inspired by the writings of Fitzgerald, Morrison and Shakespeare’s first folio in the University Library’s Special Collections archive and featured in the Library’s current exhibition, In the Company of Good Books: Shakespeare to Morrison.

In conjunction with the class’ exhibition in the CoLab, Snow will host a solo performance of Literature to Life’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby on November 28 at 4:45 p.m. in the Drapkin Studio and a conversation with Martyna Majok, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and past Hodder Fellow, who has written the book for a new musical adaptation of The Great Gatsby, on November 30 at 4 p.m. in the CoLab.

Cosponsored by the Lewis Center for the Arts and Princeton University Library.

Tickets & Details

The exhibition is free and open to the public; no tickets or registration required. The CoLab space is open daily, 10 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Get directions to the CoLab, located on the Forum level of the Lewis Arts complex.


symbol for wheelchair accessibilityThe CoLab is an accessible venue. Visit our Venues and Studios section for accessibility information at our various locations. Students in need of access accommodations are invited to contact the Lewis Center at 609-258-5262 or email at least one week in advance of the event date.



Presented By

  • Firestone Library
  • Program in Theater