Gare St. Lazare Players
One actor. One musician. One white whale. One heck of a night of theater.
“A must-see. Lovett holds us spellbound as he captures the humor as well as the wisdom of Melville.” —The Irish Examiner
“For there is no folly of the beast of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men,” Herman Melville wrote in Moby-Dick. Compressing the novel’s details, characters and gigantic themes into one riveting night of theater, veteran Irish actor Conor Lovett reels us into the harsh world of 19th-century whale hunting. In this battle with nature, the humans are determined to win—but at what cost?. This engrossing, one-man refresh of Melville’s 1851 novel is backed by 10-string fiddler Caoimhin O'Raghallaigh (of The Gloaming). An American literary anchor splashes on stage.
Irving Institute director Elizabeth Wilson and Biological Sciences Professor Celia Chen, on the interconnected histories of energy and whaling
Sat, June 22, 6:30 pm, Top of the Hop, Free
Hear about the fascinating anatomy of whales, particularly of sperm whales like the fabled Moby Dick, and how the natural oil reservoirs in their heads help them to hunt and communicate but also made them a prime target of the whaling industry (as chronicled by Melville) in the 18th century. Today, the search for oil and gas on the ocean floor brings sonic airgun blasting that interferes with the whales’ abilities to communicate.
Professor Donald E. Pease on Melville and the American Renaissance
Sun, June 23, 6:30 pm, Top of the Hop, Free
Hear about the modern relevance and resonance of Melville’s novel Moby-Dick from Donald Pease, the Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities and an international authority on 19th- and 20th-century American literature. A lecture hall legend for generations of learners at Dartmouth and beyond, Pease has lectured widely on Melville and other American writers of that era, including to audiences at Mystic Seaport and the Nantucket Whaling Museum.
Part of SHIFT: Across the globe, humans struggle to find balance in our relationship with nature. How can a quest for dominance transform into a sustainable collaboration? In SHIFT 2019, artists take on the Anthropocene with 10 days of events that explore the push and pull of that Human/Nature bond.