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World Premiere Musical

Moby-Dick

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  • Dec 3 - Jan 12, 2020 see showtimes

  • Loeb Thrust

  • Run Time: 3 hours and 30 minutes, including a five-minute pause and a fifteen-minute intermission

Recommended for ages 15+.

Recommended for ages 15+.

  • Run Time

    3 hours and 30 minutes, including a five-minute pause and a fifteen-minute intermission

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December

Saturday

December 7

7:30PM

Sunday

December 8

7:30PM

Sold Out

Tuesday

December 10

7:30PM

Sold Out

Wednesday

December 11

7PM

Sold Out

Opening Night Celebration

Thursday

December 12

7:30PM

Sold Out

Friday

December 13

11AM

Tickets may still be available for school groups. Please email groups@amrep.org or call 617.547.8300 for availability.

Friday

December 13

7:30PM

Saturday

December 14

1PM

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Saturday

December 14

7:30PM

Sunday

December 15

1PM

Tuesday

December 17

7:30PM

Wednesday

December 18

1PM

Wednesday

December 18

7:30PM

Thursday

December 19

7:30PM

Friday

December 20

7:30PM

Saturday

December 21

1PM

Saturday

December 21

7:30PM

Sunday

December 22

1PM

Thursday

December 26

7:30PM

Friday

December 27

7:30PM

Saturday

December 28

1PM

Saturday

December 28

7:30PM

Sunday

December 29

1PM

Monday

December 30

7:30PM

Tuesday

December 31

1PM

Tuesday

December 31

7:30PM

January

Thursday

January 2

7:30PM

Friday

January 3

7:30PM

Saturday

January 4

1PM

Saturday

January 4

7:30PM

Sold Out

Sunday

January 5

1PM

ASL Interpreted

[?] This performance will feature live American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters live. All interpreters are trained professionals working with a Deaf ASL coach. Interpretation is visible from select seats. Please contact ticket services at ticketservices@amrep.org or 617-547-8300 to book.

If you are interested in seats for ASL Interpretation, email access@amrep.org or call 617.547.8300.

Tuesday

January 7

7:30PM

Wednesday

January 8

1PM

Wednesday

January 8

7:30PM

ASL Interpreted

[?] This performance will feature live American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters live. All interpreters are trained professionals working with a Deaf ASL coach. Interpretation is visible from select seats. Please contact ticket services at ticketservices@amrep.org or 617-547-8300 to book.

If you are interested in seats for ASL Interpretation, email access@amrep.org or call 617.547.8300.

Thursday

January 9

7:30PM

Open Captioned

[?] This performance will feature live open captioning of the show text on a stationary LED screen. Captioning is visible from select seats. Please contact ticket services at ticketservices@amrep.org or 617-547-8300 to book.

If you are interested in seats for Open Captioning, email access@amrep.org or call 617.547.8300.

Friday

January 10

7:30PM

Audio Described

[?] During the performance, a trained describer inserts descriptions of critical visual elements: actions, appearance of characters, body language, costumes, settings, lighting, etc. Audio description is available at any seat in the theater via a wireless earphone available at the reception desk. Join us one hour pre-show for a tactile touch tour and pre-show description.

If you are interested in seats for Audio Description, email access@amrep.org or call 617.547.8300.

Saturday

January 11

1PM

Audio Described

[?] During the performance, a trained describer inserts descriptions of critical visual elements: actions, appearance of characters, body language, costumes, settings, lighting, etc. Audio description is available at any seat in the theater via a wireless earphone available at the reception desk. Join us one hour pre-show for a tactile touch tour and pre-show description.

Open Captioned

[?] This performance will feature live open captioning of the show text on a stationary LED screen. Captioning is visible from select seats. Please contact ticket services at ticketservices@amrep.org or 617-547-8300 to book.

If you are interested in seats for Audio Description or Open Captioning, email access@amrep.org or call 617.547.8300.

Saturday

January 11

7:30PM

Sunday

January 12

1PM

Dave Malloy breaks many of the rules that have accrued around American musical theater, and Ms. Chavkin has been making enormously inventive, and often wildly experimental, work for years.

The New York Times

“We are all in the belly of the whale…”

From the creative team behind A.R.T.’s 2015 production of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 comes an epic musical adaptation of Herman Melville’s iconic American novel. As the egomaniacal Captain Ahab drives his crew across the seas in pursuit of the great white whale, Melville’s nineteenth-century vision of America collides head-on with the present.

This production contains extended heavy strobe lights, weapons, blood, depictions of violence against humans and whales, strong language, and haze and fog.

 

Music, Lyrics, Book, and Orchestrations by Dave Malloy
Based on Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
Music Direction and Supervision by Or Matias
Choreography by Chanel DaSilva
Developed with and Directed by Rachel Chavkin

Notable dates

Opening Night: 12/11
ASL Interpreted: 1/5 at 1PM & 1/8 at 7:30PM
Audio Described: 1/10 at 7:30PM & 1/11 at 1PM
Open Captioned: 1/9 at 7:30PM & 1/11 at 1PM

Production Sponsors
Alison and Bob Murchison
Production Support through the Incubator Fund
Allison Johnson

 

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Press Coverage

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Dave Malloy and Rachel Chavkin at the American Museum of Natural History.

Excerpts from Moby-Dick

July 26 & 27, 2019
American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History in association with the American Repertory Theater presented a live musical theater event: staged excerpts from Moby-Dick under the whale in the Museum’s Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.

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The American Museum of Natural History in association with the American Repertory Theater presented a live musical theater event: staged excerpts from Moby-Dick under the whale in the Museum’s Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.

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Credits

Creative Team

Writer, Composer, Orchestrator

Dave Malloy

Writer, Composer, Orchestrator

Dave Malloy

Dave Malloy is a composer/writer/performer/sound designer making his fourth appearance at A.R.T., following the Obie Award-winning Three PianosBeowulf—A Thousand Years of Baggage, and, most recently,Ghost Quartet. He has written the music for ten musicals, including Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Richard Rodgers Award, Obie Award, and 11 Lortel nominations). Other musicals include Preludes at LCT3, Black Wizard/Blue WizardBeardoSandwich, and Clown Bible.  He has won a Jonathan Larson Grant, an ASCAP New Horizons Award, and a NEA/TCG Grant for Theatre Designers, has been a Guest Professor in devised music theater at Princeton and Vassar Universities, and is the composer for Banana Bag & Bodice. Future projects include adaptations of Moby-Dick and Shakespeare’s Henriad, commissioned by The Public and Berkeley Repertory Theater, and a piece on Taoism at ACT.  

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Director

Rachel Chavkin

Director

Rachel Chavkin

Rachel Chavkin is an Obie Award-winning director/dramaturg/writer, and the Artistic Director of Brooklyn-based experimental ensemble the TEAM (theteamplays.org), now in its 10th year. A.R.T.: Three Pianos,Particularly in the Heartland. Selected projects: Anne Washburn’s trans adaptation of Euripedes’ Iphigenia in Aulis, Classic Stage Company; Dave Malloy’s Preludes (World Premiere), LCT3; The TEAM’sRoosevElvis, PS122’s COIL festival, and tours to the Royal Court, Walker Art Center, and A.R.T.; Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds (World Premiere), Ars Nova; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (World Premiere), Ars Nova, Kazino (New York TimesTime Out New York and New York Post Critics’ Picks); British artist Chris Thorpe’s Confirmation (World Premiere, 2014 Edinburgh Fringe First Award, American Theatre's Top 10 Shows at the Edinburgh Fringe), with Warwick Arts Centre and Battersea Arts Centre; Meg Miroshnik’s The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, Yale Rep; Marco Ramirez’s The Royale, The Old Globe and upcoming at Lincoln Center; and multiple collaborations with Taylor Mac, including his extravaganza The Lily’s Revenge (World Premiere Act II), HERE. Doris Duke Impact Award nominee (2013 and 2014), Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nominations (for Great Comet). NYTW Usual Suspect, Artistic Associate at London’s Gate Theatre, alum of Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab, Drama League Directors Project, Women’s Project Director’s Lab, and New Georges Affiliate Artist. She has also taught extensively at NYU, Pace, and other colleges. Proud member of SDC.

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Choreographer

Chanel DaSilva

Choreographer

Chanel DaSilva

A.R.T.: Debut. Co-Founder & Artistic Director, MOVE(NYC); Founding member, Trey McIntyre Project (TMP), repetiteur of Trey McIntyre’s works. Performances: works by Ohad Naharin, Doug Varone, José Limón, Jessica Lang, Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Camille A. Brown, Lar Lubovitch (member, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company), Brooklyn Academy of Music’s DanceMotion USA (Asia Tour, TMP). Choreography: commissions for Harvard Dance Project, Ariel Rivka Dance, Gibney Dance Company, Idaho Dance Theater. Chanel was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine and in the PBS Documentary “American Talent.” Teaching: master workshops and seminars at The Juilliard School, LaGuardia Arts High School, Ballet Hispanico, New Orleans Ballet Association; Dance Faculty, LaGuardia Arts High School. Awards: Level 1 YoungArts Award; Presidential Scholar in the Arts; Princess Grace Award. Education/Training: Creative Outlet Dance Theater of Brooklyn; LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts; The Ailey School; Springboard Danse Montreal; BFA Dance, The Juilliard School (Martha Hill Award).

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Music Supervisor/Music Director

Or Matias

Music Supervisor/Music Director

Or Matias

A.R.T.: Debut. Most recent productions: First Daughter Suite, Public Theater; Preludes (Rachmaninoff, Music Director), LCT3. As writer: music, lyrics, and book for The Wave—based on the 1967 experiment which turned an entire school into a proto-fascist movement. Original scores for Land of Broken Toys at Fringe NYC and “Israel Story” radio show. Education: Juilliard and NYU (Dean’s Award). For Mai, who makes us sing, laugh, and love more than we knew we could. ormatiasmusic.com

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Scenic Designer

Mimi Lien

Scenic Designer

Mimi Lien

A.R.T.: Communist Dracula Pageant. Off-Broadway: PreludesThe Oldest Boy, Lincoln Center; John, Signature; An Octoroon, Soho Rep. Regional: Appropriate, Taper; Our Town, Actors Theatre of Louisville. Opera:The Long Walk, Opera Saratoga; Hansel and Gretel, Virginia Opera. Awards: Lucille Lortel Award, American Theatre Wing Hewes Design Award, Barrymore Award, Joan and Joseph F. Cullman Award, two Drama Desk nominations, Audelco Award nomination, Obie Award for sustained excellence, and 2015 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.

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Costume Designer

Brenda Abbandandolo

Costume Designer

Brenda Abbandandolo

A.R.T.: Debut. Off-Broadway: Octet, Signature; Continuity, MTC; Enemy of the People, The Royal Family, Guthrie Theater; I’ll Get You Back Again, Round House; Reconstruction, Primer For A Failed Superpower, The TEAM/Roulette, Brooklyn; Mission Drift, The TEAM/ National Theatre Of London; Bird Shit, Moma PS 1. Film/TV: “Saturday Night Live” (Associate Costume Designer), The Disaster Artist, The Adderall Diaries, The Wolf Hour, Like Father, Tallulah. Training: MFA, Design For Stage and Film, NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

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Lighting Designer

Bradley King

Lighting Designer

Bradley King

A.R.T.: We Live in Cairo; Endlings; Burn All Night; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; O.P.C. Broadway: Hadestown (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC Award nominations); Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC Awards); Bernhardt/Hamlet. Off-Broadway: Roundabout, MCC, LCT3, Ars Nova, Signature, Atlantic, Cherry Lane. New York: LAByrinth Theater Company, The Kitchen, Wild Project. Regional: Berkeley Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, The Old Globe, South Coast Rep, Virginia Stage, Yale Rep, Williamstown Theatre Festival. Opera: Bard Summerscape, Boston Early Music Festival, Kentucky Opera, Virginia Opera. Education/Training: MFA, NYU.

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Sound Designer

Hidenori Nakajo

Sound Designer

Hidenori Nakajo

A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: The Front Page (Associate Sound Designer); The Lightning Thief; Be More Chill; Allegiance; Gigi (Assistant Sound Designer). Off-Broadway: Octet (Henry Hewes Design Awards nomination), Signature; Ghost Quartet, NYTW; Rakugo by Katsura Sunshine, SoHo Playhouse; A Hatful of Rain, Lee Strasberg Theatre; Regional: Guys & Dolls, Guthrie; Benny & Joon (Associate Sound Designer), Old Globe. A translator (JP-EN)/venue audio associate for the Lincoln Center Festival 2015-2017. USITT Robert E. Cohen Sound Achievement Award 2012.

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Puppet Design & Puppet Direction

Eric F. Avery

Puppet Design & Puppet Direction

Eric F. Avery

A.R.T.: Debut. A 24-Decade History of 24 Popular Music, St. Ann’s Warehouse (Bessie Award for Outstanding Visual Design); Basil Twist’s Rite of Spring (Assistant Director), Lincoln Center; Scarlet Ibis (Puppeteer), HERE Arts Center; La Divina Caricatura (Puppeteer), LaMaMa ETC; Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed (Puppeteer/ Co-Creator), BardSummerScape; A Prairie Homeless Companion (Director/Designer), Zamya Theatre; Beaverdance! (Scenic Design), Bedlam Theatre. Education: MFA, Towson University.

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Wig, Hair, & Make-Up Design

Rachel Padula-Shufelt

Wig, Hair, & Make-Up Design

Rachel Padula-Shufelt

A.R.T.: Charlotte’s Web (Costume Design); Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women; Fingersmith; In the Body of the World; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; Waitress; CrossingThe Heart of Robin Hood; All the Way; The Glass Menagerie; Pippin; Marie Antoinette; The Blue Flower; Cabaret; Death and the Powers; Best of Both Worlds; Donnie Darko; Julius Caesar; Copenhagen; The Communist Dracula Pageant. Broadway: Waitress, The Glass Menagerie. Regional: The Colored Museum, Huntington Theatre Company.

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Casting

Stewart/Whitley

Casting

Stewart/Whitley

Duncan Stewart CSA/Benton Whitley CSA. A.R.T.: The TempestPippin. Broadway/NY: On The TownPippinChicago The MusicalLa Cage Aux FollesThe Radio City Christmas SpectacularThe Band Wagon,Carnegie Hall SingsPageant. West End/UK: Thriller Live, Menier Chocolate Factory. Tours: ShrekOnceDuck Commander MusicalFlashdanceAnything GoesBullets Over BroadwayElfWe Will Rock You. Upcoming: West Side Story at Carnegie Hall, The Prince of EgyptWaterfallAugust RushNerds. Regional: The Alley Theatre, Bay Street Theater, Seattle’s 5th Avenue, Pasadena Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Royal Caribbean. Casting Associate: Andrea Zee CSA, Casting Assistant: Eric Byrd. Members of the Casting Society of America. 

stewartwhitley.com

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Production Stage Manager

Geoff Boronda

Production Stage Manager

Geoff Boronda

A.R.T.: Debut. New York: Ain’t No Mo’, The Urban Retreat, The Great Immensity, Fortress of Solitude, Public Theater; Romeo & Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, Public Theater Mobile Unit; Buzzer, Ping Pong, Public Theater Under the Radar Festival; The Chinese Lady, Sesar, Ma-Yi Theater Company; The Undertaking, The Civilians; generations, Soho Rep. Regional: Gertrude and Claudius, If I Forget, Typhoid Mary, Barrington Stage Company; Shakespeare in Love, Jazz, Baltimore Center Stage; A View from the Bridge, Center Theatre Group; Hamlet, A Doctor in Spite of Himself, Yale Repertory Theatre; Appropriate, Westport Country Playhouse. Education: MFA, Stage Management, Yale School of Drama.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Cast

Fedallah

Eric Berryman

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Fedallah

Eric Berryman

A.R.T.: Moby-Dickpool (no water). Off-Broadway: The B-Side: Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons, A Record Album Interpretation (Drama Desk Nomination), St. Ann’s Warehouse/​The Wooster Group; Toni Stone, Roundabout Theatre Company; Steel Hammer, The Bacchae, Glory of the World, BAM; pool (no water), Barrow Street Theatre. Regional: The Amen Corner, The Guthrie Theater; I Wish You Love, Penumbra Theatre/​The Kennedy Center/​Hartford Stage; Fly, Ford’s Theatre; Red, Topdog/​Underdog, Noises Off, A Raisin in the Sun, Everyman Theatre (Company Member). Film/TV: Motherless Brooklyn; Marriage Story, “Bonding,” Barry, Netflix; Empathy, Inc.; After Louie. Education: Carnegie Mellon University.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Sailor 2/​The Carpenter

Kim Blanck

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Sailor 2/​The Carpenter

Kim Blanck

A.R.T.: Moby-Dick. Off-Broadway: Octet, Signature, Original Cast Recording; Alice by Heart, MCC Theater, Original Cast Recording; Twelfth Night, Public Works/​Shakespeare in the Park; Folk Wandering, Pipeline Theatre Company. Regional: Twelfth Night, Alley Theatre; Chasing the Song, La Jolla Playhouse; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tantrum Theater. Workshops: Public Theater, Second Stage, Center Theatre Group, Atlantic Theater Company, Ars Nova, New York Theatre Workshop. Web: “Basic Witch.” Education/​Training: BFA, NYU Tisch; MFA, Acting, UC San Diego.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Starbuck

Starr Busby

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Starbuck

Starr Busby

A.R.T.: Moby-Dick. Off-Broadway: Octet (Paula), Signature; Where Love Lies Fallow (Nia 1), The Shed; Apollo Cafe Live: Soul Cypher; #BlackGirlMagic Show (Composer/​Performer), JACK; Mikrokosmos, Sterischer Herbst (Graz), Nottingham Contemporary; The Girl with the Incredible Feeling, Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi. An experimental artist, Starr plays solo shows and fronts Brooklyn-based experimental soul band People’s Champs. Music: supporting work with artists including Gorillaz, Esperanza Spalding, X Ambassadors, Alice Smith. She is looking forward to continuing the development of (pray) with nicHi Douglas and Jerome Ellis at Ars Nova. Their music is available via all streaming services and Bandcamp.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Ishmael

Manik Choksi

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Ishmael

Manik Choksi

A.R.T.: Moby-Dick; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Dolokhov). Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Off-Broadway: Indian Ink, Roundabout; Bunty Berman Presents (Lortel Nomination), New Group; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Ars Nova; God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, Encores!; King Tot, D Deb Debbie Deborah, Clubbed Thumb; Huck & Holden, Cherry Lane. Film/​TV: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”; “New Amsterdam”; “Good Fight”; “Mindhunter”; “Elementary”; “Happyish”; “One Life To Live” (Vimal Patel), Home, Passing Season. Composer: Those Lost Boys (workshop), The Ramayan (workshop), Ars Nova; Food Odyssey, 3LD; Education: The Juilliard School.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Queequeg

Andrew Cristi

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Queequeg

Andrew Cristi

A.R.T.: Moby-Dick. Broadway: Pasek & Paul’s A Christmas Story! Off-Broadway: Miss You Like Hell, Public Theater; Big River, The Golden Apple, Encores! City Center; Freckleface Strawberry, New World Stages; American Morning, Prospect Theater Company. Workshops/​Readings: The Visitor, Public Theater; Heading East, La Jolla Playhouse. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Berkshire Theatre Group, and more. TV: “Manhattan Love Story,” ABC; Disney/​ABC Talent Showcase. Education/​Training: BFA, NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Sailor 1/​The Blacksmith

Ashkon Davaran

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Sailor 1/​The Blacksmith

Ashkon Davaran

A.R.T.: Moby-Dick. Ashkon is an Iranian-American actor and musician from the San Francisco Bay Area. Off-Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Balaga); One Thousand Nights and One Day (world premiere). Regional: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (title role), San Francisco Playhouse; Beardo (title role). Workshops: We Live in Cairo (Amir), NYTW; Concerts: Joe Iconis Christmas Extravaganza, 54 Below; Junk, Joe’s Pub. As a musician, Ashkon has released albums/*#8203;singles ranging in style from hip-hop/​R&B to folk and been recognized for his viral music videos. Education: BA, Theater Arts, UC Santa Cruz; MA, Applied Theatre, CUNY.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Swing/​Male Understudy

Ellis C. Dawson III

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Swing/​Male Understudy

Ellis C. Dawson III

A.R.T.: Moby-Dick. National Tour: Aladdin (Genie/&8203;Babkak Standby). Regional: In The Heights, Theatre Under The Stars; Next to Normal, Beck Center for Performing Arts. Workshops: Wait Wait Don’t Kill Me. Education: BM, Music Theatre, Baldwin Wallace University.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Flask

Anna Ishida

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Flask

Anna Ishida

A.R.T.: Moby-Dick, Beowulf—A Thousand Years of Baggage. Off-Broadway: Henry VI: Parts 1 & 2 (Drama Desk nomination). New York: Trigger, Leviathan Lab. Regional: Macbeth, California Shakespeare Theater; It Can’t Happen Here, Berkeley Rep; The Importance of Being Earnest, Aurora Theatre; Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, A.C.T.; Water by the Spoonful, TheatreWorks. Workshops: Lucky Ones; Revenge Song; Moby-Dick. Film: I Am a Ghost; Bitter Melon. Education: BA, English Literature, Mills College.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Tashtego

Matt Kizer

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Tashtego

Matt Kizer

A.R.T.: Moby-Dick. Regional: The River Bride (Señor Costa), Alter Theater; El Paso Blue (Hefe), Eugene O’Neill Foundation; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Reuben), Grease (Vince Fontaine), Damn Yankees (Smokey), AMTSJ; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Miles Gloriosus), West Side Story (Action), Mountain Play; The Bracebridge Dinner (Ensemble), Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park. Concerts: Excerpts from Moby-Dick In Concert Under the Whale, American Museum Of Natural History/​A.R.T.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Daggoo/​Ishmael (u/s)

J.D. Mollison

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Daggoo/​Ishmael (u/s)

J.D. Mollison

A.R.T.: Moby-Dick. Broadway: Les Misérables. Off-Broadway: Octet, Iphigenia 2.0, Signature; X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation, The Acting Company; Venice, Public Theater; The Box, The Foundry; A Civil War Christmas, NYTW; Greater Angels, EPbB; Monstrosity, 13P. Regional: black odyssey, Cal Shakes; The Winter’s Tale, Public Works-Dallas Theater Center; Jelly’s Last Jam (Suzi Bass winner), Alliance Theatre. TV: “Shameless,” “Madam Secretary,” “Law & Order: SVU”, “Shades of Blue,” “Hawthorne,” “Numb3rs.” Training: Carnegie Mellon University.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Ahab

Tom Nelis

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Ahab

Tom Nelis

A.R.T.: Moby-Dick, The Tempest, The Blue Flower, bobrauschenbergamerica. Broadway: Indecent, The Visit, Enron, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Aida, Girl From The North Country (upcoming). International: Laurie Anderson’s Songs and Stories from Moby Dick; Richard Foreman’s Pearls for Pigs; Tadashi Suzuki’s Dionysus; The Merchant of Venice, RSC, TFANA. Thirty years of Off-Broadway and Regional productions. Founding member, SITI Company. Honors: Eliot Norton Award (Prospero, The Tempest), OBIE Award (Marshal McLuhan, The Medium). Education/​Training: MFA, UC San Diego.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Swing/​Female Understudy

Ashley Pérez Flanagan

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Swing/​Female Understudy

Ashley Pérez Flanagan

A.R.T.: Moby-Dick; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; Prometheus Bound. Broadway: Freestyle Love Supreme; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (u/s Sonya, Princess Mary). Off-Broadway: Freestyle Love Supreme, Ars Nova; In The Green, LCT3; The Lucky Ones, Ars Nova; Hadestown, NYTW; Orpheus and Eurydice Are…In Love, Ars Nova; In Love With Jobim, York Theatre. Regional: Evita, West Side Story, The Sound of Music. Select workshops: The Connector, Cowboy Bob, NYSF; The Seeker, Public Theater; No Good Things Dwell In The Flesh, WP Theater. Concerts: Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below. Film: The Kitchen. Ashley is a member of the indie folk hop trio @moondrunkband.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Pip

Morgan Siobhan Green

A.R.T.: Moby-Dick. Broadway: Be More Chill, Lyceum Theatre. Off-Broadway: Folk Wandering, ARTNYC; Sweetee, Signature; Missed Connections, New Ohio. Regional: Between The Lines, Kansas City Rep. Education/​Training: BS, Bradley University; MA, Long Island University. Thanks to Rachel, Dave, Stewart/Whitley, and the entire cast, crew, and fam at A.R.T., MSA, and 44 West Entertainment. Mom, Dad, and Manny it’s lit.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Father Mapple/​Captain of the Albatross/​Captain Boomer of the Bachelor/​Captain Gardiner of the Rachel

Dawn L. Troupe

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Father Mapple/​Captain of the Albatross/​Captain Boomer of the Bachelor/​Captain Gardiner of the Rachel

Dawn L. Troupe

A.R.T.: Moby-Dick. Off-Broadway: As Much As I Can (Patrice), Brothers ParaNormal (Delia), Anne of Green Gables (Mrs. Lynde), Year of The Monkey (Igloo). Regional: black odyssey (Alsendra/​Carib’dis/​Diana Ross, BATCC nominee); Sister Act (Deloris Van Cartier, BATCC nominee); Death of a Salesman (Linda Loman); Spunk (Blues Speak Woman); Aida (Aida); Ragtime (Sarah); Memphis (Ensemble); The Color Purple (Shug Avery); Big River (Maid); Once On This Island (Mama Euralie); Caroline, or Change (Radio 2). Workshops; Memphis, A Little Princess, Funkentine Rapture, The Giver, Rebel Genuis, Anne of Green Gables, Moby-Dick.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Stubb

Kalyn West

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Stubb

Kalyn West

A.R.T.: Moby-Dick. Broadway: The Prom (Shelby/​Alyssa; u/s Emma/​Alyssa). Off-Broadway: Gigantic (Marlie). New York: Nikola Tesla Drops The Beat (Kat Johnson), ATF; The Demise (Natalie), NYMF. PopStar (Katie), Alchemy Theatre Productions. Regional: Hunchback of Notre Dame (Esmeralda), In The Heights (Vanessa), Fulton Theatre; Prince of Egypt (Ensemble), TheatreWorks; RENT (Mimi), Casa Mañana; Back Home Again (Aggie), Lesher Center; The Music Man (Zaneeta), Flatrock Playhouse; ASS (by Ellen Simon, Ana), Pioneer Theatre Company. Film/​TV: “Blue Bloods” (Season 6, Rachel), CBS; Imitation Girl (Gabby), Ilium Pictures. The Talent House Agency.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Assistant Stage Manager

Erin McCoy

Assistant Stage Manager

Erin McCoy

A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: Bernhardt/Hamlet. Off-Broadway: Ain’t No Mo, #BARS, Tiny Beautiful Things, Dry Powder, Buzzer, Fidelis; Public Theater Under the Radar Festival; Twelfth Night, Public Works; The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Public Theater Shakespeare in the Park. Sugar In Our Wounds, MTC. Lincoln Center Directing Labs, Lincoln Center Theater. PLAY ON! Festival, Classic Stage Company/OSF. Invisible Thread, Second Stage Theater. Regional: Shakespeare in Love, Jazz, Baltimore Center Stage; Appropriate, Westport County Playhouse; A View From the Bridge, Center Theatre Group. Education: Otterbein University.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Band

Conductor/​Piano

J. Oconer Navarro

Conductor/​Piano

J. Oconer Navarro

A.R.T.: Moby-Dick. Broadway: Curtains, The House of Blue Leaves, Mary Poppins, Next to Normal. Off-Broadway: Adding Machine, First Daughter Suite, iOW@, Twelfth Night, We the People, Whida Peru. Regional: Barrington Stage Company, Hangar Theater, The Kennedy Center, The Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Paper Mill Playhouse, Two River Theater. Resident Composer, The Church of Saint Paul the Apostle, NYC. Awards: American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Grant. Faculty: NYU Tisch – New Studio on Broadway. Education: MFA, NYU.

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Music Contractor/​Viola

Jason Fisher

Music Contractor/​Viola

Jason Fisher

A.R.T.: Moby-Dick, Jagged Little PillNatasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; Crossing. Founding Member, A Far Cry. Principal Viola, Boston Baroque. Carnegie Hall Fellow and Peabody Singapore Fellow. Tours of Europe, Asia, Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic. Performances with Pink Martini, Jake Shimabukuro, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Concerts at Vienna Musikverein, Singapore Esplanade, and Carnegie Hall. Grammy nominee, Best Chamber Music/​Small Ensemble Performance, 2014 & 2018. MM, Longy School of Music of Bard College; BM, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

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Violin

Marissa Licata

A.R.T: Moby-Dick, Jagged Little Pill. New York: Christmas Spectacular, Radio City Music Hall. Featured soloist with Jethro Tull, Alicia Keys, H.E.R., Ben Harper, Dave Stewart, Steven Tyler, East West Klezmer Company. Recording: H.E.R., K. Michelle, Wyclef Jean, The Roots, Elle Varner. TV: “BET Awards”; “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”; “Good Morning America”; “The View”; “Live from the Artists Den,” PBS. Performances with Boston Ballet, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Education: MM, BM, New England Conservatory of Music (’09, ’07).

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Cello

Lev Mamuya

Cello

Lev Mamuya

A.R.T.: Moby-Dick. Performances with A Far Cry, Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Pops, New Philharmonia. Admissions and Alumni Assistant, From the Top. Education: MM, New England Conservatory; BA, Harvard University; Kneisel Hall 2019.

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Bass

Lizzie Burns

A.R.T.: Moby-Dick; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Performs with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Knights, A Far Cry, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, Decoda, Jupiter Chamber Players, New Orchestra of Washington, New Haven Symphony, New York City Ballet Orchestra. Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect Fellow ’16-’18, Yellow Barn participant ’14-’18. Education: New England Conservatory and Boston University.

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Alto & Soprano Saxophone/⁥Flute

Austin Yancey

Alto & Soprano Saxophone/⁥Flute

Austin Yancey

A.R.T.: Moby-Dick. Off Broadway: Mel Brooks’ The Producers. Performances with: The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Supremes, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas. Album: Pocket Jazz Band with The Late Risers. Education: MM, New England Conservatory; BM, California State University Northridge.

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Tenor Saxophone/​Flute

Paul Mardy

Tenor Saxophone/​Flute

Paul Mardy

A.R.T: Moby-Dick. Performances with the Boston Civic Symphony and the College Light Opera Company. Education: Currently a Masters student at the New England Conservatory of Music, State University of New York, Potsdam.

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Trombone

Skye Dearborn

Trombone

Skye Dearborn

A.R.T.: Moby-Dick. Fellow, Spoleto Festival Orchestra 2018-2019. Performances with Chorus Pro Musica, Vermont Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, Michigan Philharmonic, Rochester (MI) Symphony, Dearborn Symphony and Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony. Education: MM, Boston University; BM, University of Michigan; Chautauqua Institute 2019; Texas Music Festival 2017.

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Drums/​Percussion

Robert Schulz

Drums/​Percussion

Robert Schulz

A.R.T.: Moby-Dick, Crossing, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, The Sound of a Voice. Percussionist, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Musica Viva, IRIS Chamber Orchestra (Memphis, TN). Timpanist, Back Bay Chorale, Boston Baroque, Cantata Singers, Emmanuel Music, Odyssey Opera, Opera Lafayette (Washington, DC). Education: BM, Percussion Performance, SUNY Buffalo; MM, Jazz Studies, New England Conservatory. 1992 Music Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, 2004 Grammy Nominee for Best Small Ensemble Performance (The Mirror, Yehudi Wyner), 2016 Guest Artist at the Beijing Music Festival (Ancient Dances, Wu Man).

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Additional Staff

Assistant Director

Chika Ike

Assistant Director

Chika Ike

A.R.T.: Debut. Directing: Chicago: Kentucky, A Swell in the Ground, Franklinland, In the Blood, No Child, Dontrell Who Kissed the Sea, Don’t Smoke in Bed. Also worked at Berkeley Rep, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens, Public Theater, and Chicago Dramatists. Drama League Directing Fellow, SDCF Gielgud Directing Fellow, Bret C. Harte Directing Fellow, Victory Garden Directing Initiative.

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Associate Music Director

J. Oconer Navarro

Associate Music Director

J. Oconer Navarro

A.R.T.: Moby-Dick. Broadway: Curtains, The House of Blue Leaves, Mary Poppins, Next to Normal. Off-Broadway: Adding Machine, First Daughter Suite, iOW@, Twelfth Night, We the People, Whida Peru. Regional: Barrington Stage Company, Hangar Theater, The Kennedy Center, The Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Paper Mill Playhouse, Two River Theater. Resident Composer, The Church of Saint Paul the Apostle, NYC. Awards: American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Grant. Faculty: NYU Tisch – New Studio on Broadway. Education: MFA, NYU.

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Dramaturg

Jillian Walker

Dramaturg

Jillian Walker

A.R.T.: Debut. Jillian Walker creates plays that make space for healing and liberation; embodying remembrance for our ancestors and legacies. Recent Dramaturgy credits: Common’s recent world tour Let Love Tour, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future, Ars Nova. Creator/performer: SKiNFoLK: An American Show, The Bushwick Starr. Member, MTF Makers at Musical Theater Factory, Makers Lab at Ars Nova; 2020-21 Tow Playwright-in-Residence at Soho Rep; currently collaborating on Kimberlé Crenshaw’s debut play Say Her Name: The Lives that Should Have Been. Education: MFA, Dramaturgy, Columbia Univeristy; BA, University of Michigan.

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Associate Scenic Designer

You-Shin Chen

Associate Costume Designer

Heather McDevitt Barton

Associate Lighting Designer

Bridget Chervenka

Associate Sound Designers

Ken Travis

Sam Lerner

Nathan Rubio

Lead Puppet Builder & Associate Puppet Designer

Dan Jones

Assistant Lighting Designer

Kat Zhou

Lead Copyist

Leonoor Rinke De Wit

Music Assistant & Copyist

Travis Frank

Production Sound Engineer

Carin Ford

Keyboard Programmers

Randy Cohen

Sam Starobin

Vocal Consultant

Marisa Michelson

Voice and Text

Erika Bailey

Voice and Text

Erika Bailey

A.R.T.: We Live in CairoEndlings; Othello; ExtraOrdinary; Jagged Little Pill; WARHOLCAPOTE; Burn All Night; The Night of the Iguana; Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women; Fingersmith; Waitress; In the Body of the World; O.P.C. Broadway: Mary Stuart. Regional: New Electric Ballroom, Gloucester Stage Company; Absurd Person Singular, Nora Theatre Company; Arms and the Man, Guthrie Theatre; A Christmas Carol, McCarter Theatre; The Foreigner, Cabaret, To Kill a Mockingbird, Kansas City Repertory Theatre. As Head of Voice and Speech at A.R.T., Erika also teaches voice in the Theater, Dance & Media concentration at Harvard as well as teaching public speaking skills across the university. Education: MA, Voice Studies, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama; MFA, Acting, Brandeis University.

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Music Equipment Coordinator

Alex Giorgetti

Second Assistant Director

Keenan Tyler Oliphant

Second Assistant Director

Keenan Tyler Oliphant

A.R.T.: Debut. New York: Being in Time, International Human Rights Art Festival; Round, Samuel French Off-off Broadway Festival; queen, Dixon Place. International: In-between, South African National Arts Festival; Private Parts, South African National Arts Festival. Educational Performance: baldwin[GIOVANNI]brando; Neptune; Romeo and Juliet; Three Sisters, Columbia University. Education: MFA, Directing for Theatre, Columbia University 2020; BM (Honors), Jazz Vocals, University of Cape Town; BA Drama and English Literature, University of Cape Town.

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Choreography Assistants

Christiana Hunte

Sarah Shin

Production Assistants

Carolina Arboleda

Bradley Costa

Jess Kemp

Jenna Ng Lowry

CASTING
STEWART/WHITLEY
Duncan Stewart, CSA; Benton Whitley, CSA; Joey Montenarello, CSA; Sam Yabrow; Luke Schaffer

Additional Sound Equipment provided by PRG
Additional Lighting Equipment provided by Christie Lites
Additional Puppets constructed by Honey Goodenough

Moby-Dick rehearsed at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet.

Special Thanks

ArtsEmerson and the staff at the Cutler Majestic Theater, the American Museum of Natural History, Amy Brakeman, Save That Stuff, Green Mattress Recycling, Hilton’s Tent City,
Jonathan Perry & Siobhan Brown

Dave Malloy would like to thank:

Rick Burkhardt, Blake DeLong, Alec Duffy, Jerome Ellis, Oskar Eustis, Paul Ketchum, Lin-Manuel Miranda, James Harrison Monaco, Madeline Oldham, Azudi Onyejekwe, Nathaniel Philbrick, and Margaret Toth for all their insights and conversation; Mandy Hackett and Jesse Alick and everyone at the Public Theater, Shanta Thake and everyone at Joe’s Pub, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Eleanor Wallace and the Baryshnikov Arts Center, The MacDowell Colony, The Hermitage Artist Retreat, The Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, The Sundance Institute Theater Program/Ucross Foundation, Emily Simoness and Space on Ryder Farm, The Vineyard Arts Project, and Ann and Graham Gund for all their developmental support; Alonso Teruel and everyone at the American Museum of Natural History who made our Under the Whale concert such a sublime experience; Kym McNair, Addys Castillo, Joe Barndt, and The People’s Institute for Survival & Beyond’s Undoing Racism Workshop; and all the people who were involved in the show’s many workshops and other stepping stones along its 6-year journey, including Isaac Alter, Brent Arnold, Brittain Ashford, El Beh, Gelsey Bell, Eliza Bent, Alon Bisk, Catherine Brookman, Eisa Davis, Emily DeCola, Ty Defoe, Lea DeLaria, Angel Desai, Daveed Diggs, Clifton Duncan, Lulu Fall, Safiya Fredericks, Eddie Gesford, Maria Goyanes, The Squeezers of Great Comet, Samantha Greene, Ryan Haddad, Curtis Hasselbring, Paul Jones, Karl Josef Co, David Patrick Kelly, Amy Rebecca King & The Joe’s Pub Tambourine Chorus, Jo Lampert, Kristine Haruna Lee, Amy Lizardo, Zonya Love, Alex Lydon, Ken Marks, Hiroyuki Matsura, April Matthis, Grace McLean, Jamie Mohamdein, John Murchison, Shoba Narayan, Tanis Paranteau, Paul Pinto, Alex Rodriguez, Jermaine Rowe, Christina Sajous, Pamela Salling, Heathcliff Saunders, Adrienne Shamszad, Rona Siddiqui, Pearl Sun, Karen Szpaller, Annie Tippe, Mariand Torres, Pinky Weitzman, Tobias Wong, Clive Worsley, Davren Wright, Katrina Yaukey, and Rasha Zamamiri.