Literature Live! returns with an online theatrical production of Herman Melville’s American classic Moby Dick.
This 90-minute adaptation is based on the seminal 1851 Herman Melville novel Moby Dick; or, The Whale. Skillfully condensing and theatricalizing Melville’s classic tale, the show features a versatile ensemble of actors who portray the book’s unforgettable characters, including Ishmael, Queequeg, Starbuck, and Captain Ahab.
The exciting cast features celebrated actor and East End native Harris Yulin; Broadway and stage stars Dan Domingues, Wonza Johnson, Nehal Joshi, John Kroft, and Trent Saunders; and Bay Street’s Director of Education, Allen O’Reilly. The production is adapted by Bay Street Theater Director of Education & Community Outreach, Allen O’Reilly, directed by Bay Street Theater’s Associate Artistic Director Will Pomerantz, and features special video affects and editing by Mike Billings, an original score by Michael Holland, and costume design by Meghan O’Beirne.
Following this online premiere, the audience is invited to “raise a cup of ale” alongside the production's cast and crew as part of a talkback segment held via Zoom.
Now in its twelfth year, Literature Live! is a BOCES-approved Arts-in-Education program designed specifically with middle and high school age students, their teachers, and administrators in mind. Plays are chosen from standards-based literature and are supported with teacher-developed lesson plans and reference materials. All performances are approximately 90 minutes in length, and provided free of charge to any school group, their teachers, and administrators. In the past, schools from as far west as Hempstead and Brentwood have enjoyed Literature Live! productions, and additional showings for those with special needs, including the Cleary School for the Deaf, have been provided, as well. With over 30,000 students and nearly 60 schools participating, Literature Live! remains a cornerstone of Bay Street’s Educational outreach programming.