saw a preview of this play tonight. it runs at 165min. unlike anything ive ever see. really interesting stuff. and if you like carl sagan you will have a blast during a certain part of the play.
Prince Music Theatre
1412 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
From the mind of Thaddeus Phillips comes an equally inventive and mysterious theatrical epic that connects worldwide telecommunications systems, humpback whale songs, Carl Sagan, and dinner at Applebee’s. A modern Moby Dick adventure (with microphones instead of harpoons), this mythic tale follows a composer chasing whale songs on a seemingly accidental quest from New York to the wilds of Colombia’s Pacific coast to the white icescapes of Antarctica.
Audiences sit on both sides of a long stage the size of a humpback whale. At either end is a mini proscenium, with the action moving between them. Scaffolding, books, sails, flippers, buckets of water, and a tea kettle, are transformed into ice shelves, a fiber optics station in New Jersey, a library, the ocean, outer space, a dive shop, a fishing boat, airplanes, bars, museums, and the belly of a whale. As objects float above and in front of them, and sound swirls around and beneath them, audiences experience intimate contact with a major theatrical spectacle.