[or, the whale]
This is a story about a man who lost his leg.
Lost: leg. Adrift. At sea.
Following sold out runs of Drowned Horse Tavern (a sea shanty cabaret, July ‘15) and All Well (a sightless play, Oct ‘15), PETE presents the third installment in our Journey Play Constellation: [or the whale]. This is the centerpiece of our Constellation. It is the play that first launched PETE on this 18-month journey. [or, the whale] is directed by PETE artist Peter Ksander (an Obie Award winner whose work has been presented at The BAM, The Public Theater, The Intiman, On the Boards, The Walker Art Center, PS122, Under the Radar and more). [or, the whale] was written in 2001 by Juli Crockett. Taking the subtitle of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Crockett homes in on Ahab’s quest for his lost limb. The play is a meditation on finding and forgetting, loss and madness, in which four actors play the infamous Captain Ahab.
Driven by an impossible hunger, PETE’s four Ahabs will search the deep for the long lost leg. We search for wholeness. But who’s ever heard of an Ahab with two legs? No one. [or, the whale] is playful and profound, diving into Melville’s existential questions with humor and wry self-reflection. Haven’t read Moby Dick or seen PETE’s first two Journey Play pieces? Not a problem. [or, the whale] can stand on its own.
The impeccable talent, Maureen Porter (Static, Middletown, Beauty Queen of Leenane, Crooked), will join PETE’s full ensemble as a guest artist. Rehearsals will begin inside the fully constructed set, designed by director and scenographer, Peter Ksander. The physical world of the play will inform our creative process in rehearsal and highlight PETE’s integration of design and performance.
Have ye gone down to the springs of the sea or walked in the unfathomable deep? Have ye comprehended the vast expanse of the world? Tell me all this, if you know -Job 38:16-18
More about Juli Crockett:
Alabama-born Juli Crockett is a bona fide Renaissance woman: singer, songwriter, playwright, theater director, retired (undefeated) professional boxer, and amateur champion, ordained minister, Doctor of Philosophy (summa cum laude), and leader of the alt-country/Americana genre-defying band The Evangenitals. More at evangenitals.com