West Virginia University at Parkersburg
300 Campus Drive Parkersburg WV 26104
Phone: 304-424-8203 | Fax: 304-424-8315
The Acting Company to present "Moby Dick Rehearsed" March 18, 2008 at WVU Parkersburg.
CONTACT: H.G. Young III, professor of music, 304-424-8248.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Tony-honored Acting Company will bring Herman Melville’s classic novel “Moby Dick” to the stage on Tuesday (March 18) at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
Curtain time is 7 p.m. for “Moby Dick Rehearsed” in the College Activities Center. This is the final program of the college’s 2007-2008 Distinguished Performance Series.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students; WVU Parkersburg students may purchase special advance tickets for themselves and one guest for $2 in advance. Ticket information is available by contacting the college’s business office.
The production is an adaptation by Orson Welles. Theater enthusiasts will love what Welles has created. Those who enjoy having their literature served up in delightful dramatic adaptations will find much to enjoy in this hybrid of Melville's story adapted to draw a parallel between King Lear and Captain Ahab.
Set in an empty theater, a tyrannical actor-manager leads his crew and transports audiences to Captain Ahab’s fateful voyage across the open seas aboard the Pequod in search of the great white whale, Moby Dick.
Welles treats the audience as a partner in creating illusion which comes through vividly in this simple but riveting production. Noted theater critic Kenneth Tynan wrote, “With this Moby Dick, the theater becomes once more a house of magic.”
Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Jesse L. Martin, Frances Conroy, David Ogden Stiers, Jeffrey Wright and Rainn Wilson are but a handful of actors whose careers have been developed by The Acting Company. Honored by the Tony Awards for Excellence in Theater, the Company has won the Obie, Audelco, Citibank’s Excellence in Education and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards.
Since its founding by the legendary John Houseman and Margot Harley in 1972, The Acting Company has performed 127 productions touring to 48 states and ten foreign countries.
This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and the West Virginia Humanities Council.