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Excerpts from Moby-Dick, In Concert Under the Whale

Part of Events for Adults

Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27, 2019

Watercolor painting of a whale © AMNH/M. Fearon

The American Museum of Natural History in association with the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University presents a live musical theater event: staged excerpts from Moby-Dick, a musical adaptation of Herman Melville’s 1851 classic novel. Reimagined for a contemporary audience by Tony-nominated composer Dave Malloy (Octet; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) and Tony Award-winning director Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Moby-Dick will be presented as an immersive performance under the whale in the Museum's Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Featuring a cast of 11 and a live seven-piece orchestra performing a score that draws on a myriad of musical genres, Moby-Dick plays at the Museum for two nights only.

The performance will be 90 minutes with no intermission.

ASL interpreter available

Both performances will provide American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation.

Rachel Chavkin headshot

Rachel Chavkin is a director, writer and dramaturg, as well as the founding Artistic Director of Brooklyn-based company the TEAM whose work has been seen all over London and the U.K. including the National Theatre, the Royal Court, Old Vic, and multiple collaborations with the National Theatre of Scotland and the Battersea Arts Centre. Selected freelance work includes Dave Malloy's Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova, A.R.T., Broadway), Anaïs Mitchell's Hadestown (New York Theatre Workshop, Edmonton Citadel, London's National Theatre, Broadway), Arthur Miller’s The American Clock (Old Vic), Matt Gould and Carson Kreitzer's Lempicka (Williamstown), Caryl Churchill's Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (New York Theatre Workshop), Marco Ramirez’s The Royale (Old Globe, Lincoln Center), Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova, Off-Broadway, national tour), Sarah Gancher’s I’ll Get You Back Again (Round House), and multiple collaborations with Taylor Mac including The Lily's Revenge, Act 2 (HERE); and with Chris Thorpe, including Confirmation and Status. Chavkin is a two-time recipient of a Tony nomination for Best Direction, three Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, multiple Lortel nominations, two Doris Duke Impact Award nominations, and the 2017 Smithsonian Award for Ingenuity along with Dave Malloy.

Dave Malloy headshot
Photo by Michael De Angelis

Dave Malloy is a composer/writer/performer/orchestrator. He has written thirteen musicals, including Octet, a chamber choir musical about internet addiction; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, an electropop opera based on a slice of Tolstoy’s War & Peace (12 Tony nominations, including Best Musical, Score, Book, and Orchestrations); Ghost Quartet, a song cycle about love, death, and whiskey; Preludes, a musical fantasia set in the hypnotized mind of Sergei Rachmaninoff; Little Bunny Foo Foo, a forest entertainment for small people; Three Pianos, a drunken romp through Schubert’s “Winterreise”; Black Wizard/Blue Wizard, an escapist RPG fantasy; Beowulf—A Thousand Years of Baggage, an anti-academia rock opera; Beardo, a reinterpretation of the Rasputin myth; Sandwich, a musical about killing animals; and Clown Bible, Genesis to Revelation told through clowns. He has won two Obie Awards, a Smithsonian Ingenuity Award, a Theater World Award, the Richard Rodgers Award, an ASCAP New Horizons Award, and a Jonathan Larson Grant, and has been a MacDowell fellow and Composer-in-Residence at Ars Nova and the Signature Theatre. He lives in Brooklyn.