Living with the Whale

Posted on October 2, 2011 by Haymaker


Sure, it’s the great American novel. But try to forget that for a second.

Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is also the craziest American novel. We read a bunch of it out loud this summer (tigers, whales, what’s the difference?), and it’s full of everything! It’s like America in a blender – a million different subjects, styles, voices and stories, all packed into a few hundred pages. We want our play to have that same kaleidoscopic feeling to it, and that white whale is a lot to live up to.

Actually, we want the play to feel like this sentence from Moby-Dick:

“These are the times of dreamy quietude, when beholding the tranquil beauty and brilliancy of the ocean’s skin, one forgets the tiger heart that pants beneath it; and would not willingly remember that this velvet paw but conceals a remorseless fang.”

Good, right? But don’t believe us: click on the link below to hear special Haymaker guest Tim Marr (of UNC fame) talk all about what a whale has to do with tigers and America.

Thar she blows!