Conceived and developed by local artists, Party at Jay’s is set in New York in1922. Nick Carraway arrives at Jay Gatsby’s estate for a night of jazz, dancing, and hooch - what unfolds around him is a thrilling tale of forlorn lovers. Taken from pages of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s American classic The Great Gatsby, Party at Jay’s is told through interactive staging where the audience are the guests at Jay’s - the hottest spot of the roaring ‘20s. Featuring new and exciting arrangements of jazz standards and an original score by composer and Sweet Tea Shakespeare company member Sarah Chapman, which fuses period and contemporary orchestrations.
All shows perform Thursday through Sunday evenings at 7:30 pm, with a preshow beginning at 6:45 pm nightly. Sweet Tea Shakespeare Plays provide an interactive play-going experience with live music prior to every show. Most shows feature an array of snacking and drinking options, some of which may constitute a light meal. Food is available for purchase and signature sweet tea, craft beer, wine, and seasonal cocktails. Outside food and drink are not permitted unless otherwise noted.
Live Music Preshow
Most of our in-person and full-length online productions feature preshow entertainment with live music featuring our house band, The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers (also known as “WOCO”). Along with music, enjoy plenty of warm hospitality and ways to engage, from bidding on special seating, which we call “Chair Paravel,” to adorning Sweet Tea Shakespeare swag available for purchase.
Tickets and Memberships
Become a Sweet Tea Shakespeare Member: Monthly and annual members receive special advance ticket rates, complimentary tickets, complimentary ticket exchanges, stickers, totes, other sweet merchandise, and much more. For information on becoming a Sweet Tea Shakespeare Member go to patreon.com/sweetteashakes.
General Admission - $22 in advance and $30 day of the show.
Seniors - $20 in advance and $30 day of the show. 55+ is considered a senior.
Military/Gold Star Families - $19 in advance and $30 day of the show. Military is anyone with a valid military ID, including active duty, retired, veteran, and immediate family members.
Students - $10 in advance and $30 day of the show.
Students are anyone school-aged or college and university students of any age with a valid ID.
Streaming - $10. Streaming tickets may be purchased at any point in the run. We anticipate live-streaming on Saturday evenings; where this is not possible, a link will be sent for a recorded, on-demand stream to all streaming ticket buyers.
About Sweet Tea Shakespeare
Sweet Tea Shakespeare gathers diverse communities around a common table to delight in the magic of story, song, and stagecraft.
WHO WE ARE:
Sweet Tea Shakespeare is a not-for-profit theatre company and training ground for artists of all backgrounds, inspired by Shakespeare and the early modern period in its spirit and operations.
About the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County: The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County serves more than 330,000 residents of Fayetteville and Cumberland County. Since 1973, the Arts Council has ensured growth in our children’s education, our community’s cultural identity, and our economic progress. The Arts Council’s grants, programs, and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, and the North Carolina Arts Council, with additional funding from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.