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Moby-Dick
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Moby-Dick is a profoundly American story written in the pre-Civil-War churn
of a very tense American consciousness. A monument to ego, as embodied by the
one-legged Captain Ahab, Moby-Dick celebrates the excitement that willpower can
build and the destruction it can bring.
As a novel, Moby-Dick is an endless exploration. Many have been fascinated
by it for years and each time one returns to it, a new line reveals itself. That makes
it hard to imagine it as a play; as it could be staged a hundred times and each time
reveal something new!

Bravo!
A simple theatrical version of this story that revealed
its beating heart.
Moby-Dick, adapted by the Company from Melville's novel and directed by
Kittson O'Neill, Hedgerow Theatre ... where a unique mix of history and worldclass artistry brings together a vibrant community of people who are interested in
how we got here and where we're going.
O'Neill's adaptation and production of Moby-Dick marries the poetic language
of Herman Melville's classic 700-page novel with the visually expressive language
of theater performance. Eight actors and a few objects from Hedgerow's prop barn
were used to build ships and taverns and storms and coffins. While the staging is
spare, music, movement, and the magic of found objects are all essential to this
very theatrical exploration, of one of the greatest stories ever told.
Two inches of American oak are all that lie between you and the bottom of the
sea. Just five inches of sharpened iron protect you from the crush of a behemoth's
tail. Only the sixteen other humans floating with you on a wooden speck in the
sea keep you from going mad... or can they? What - or who - could make you
turn away from easy profit and follow the pull to greatness, willingly steering
into the jaws of death? Someone magnetic and delightful. Someone generous and
single minded. Someone stern and thrilling. Someone... Ahab. What will you find
there? Brotherhood? Madness? Purpose? All of these. And more. Pity Ahab. Pity
Starbuck. Pity them all!
An isolated society: The whaleship was an isolated community that roamed the
oceans of the world on journeys that lasted for years. How long is long? The larger
a vessel, the greater distances it could travel. The whaling schooner, the smallest
whaler, generally undertook 6-month voyages, while brigs, barks, and ships might
be at sea for three or four years. The longest whaling voyage is believed to be that
of the Ship Nile from 1858 to 1869 - eleven years! *
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