The Tank, 151 w. 46th St. (b/t 6th and 7th Ave) 8th Floor, NYC
“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