The Whalephant

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“The head of an Elephant, the body of a whale"

In 1849, Moses Spouter sets off a sensation when he claims to have encountered a giant sea monster with the head of an elephant attached to the body of a sperm whale.  The Whalephant becomes instant folklore for the watery parts of southeastern Massachusetts.  Today, Abe Spouter hopes to use the Whalephant legend in one last attempt to rescue his flagging business.  To do so, Abe must enlist the help of his estranged daughter as well as his loyal-but-incompetent crew.  The Whalephant by Kartik Naram intertwines the story of Abe’s desperate scheme with the dark truth of Moses’s tall tale.  It’s a play about history and family, cetaceans and shanties, and the search for self while out at sea.

Written by KARTIK NARAM

Directed by JAMIE WATKINS

Choreographed by ANNALISA LEDSON

 

Featuring: REBECCA GRAY DAVIS, ANNALISA LEDSON, CHRISTOPHER MARTEL, GABBY SHERBA, ANTONIO THOMPSON & NICK TROTTA

Stage Manager: HADLEY TODORAN

Sound Design: MEGAN CULLEY

Light Design: STACEY DEROSIER

Costumes: MADDIE PETERSON

Set Design: JONATHAN COTTLE

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