Moby Dick or The Brotherhood of the Monastic Order of Ancient Mariners Purges the Ills of Society Through a Reading of the Tales of Moby-Dick

This contemporary interpretation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick reunites puppeteer Blair Thomas, songwriter Michael Smith, and percussionist Michael Zerang.

Together they explore the implications of storytelling, tracing Ishmael’s hope that recounting his adventure will deliver his soul. Through Thomas’s image-based theater, Smith’s folk-rock songs, and Zerang’s atmospheric percussion, the themes, sensations, and environments of this larger than life story becomes visible.


Production Credits

Conceived by Blair Thomas by Herman Melville and created in collaboration with the company
Directed and co-adapted by Greg Allen
Songs by Micheal Smith
Live Sound by Michael Zerang

Blair Thomas
Michael Montenegro

Michael Smith
Michael Zerang

Performance History

Excerpted Preview Performances
Museum of Contemporary Art | Chicago, IL | March-April 2016
Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech | Blacksburg, VA | February 5, 2016
Chicago Humanities Festival, Harold Washington Library | Chicago, IL | November 2, 2013
Logan Center, University of Chicago, IL | Chicago, IL | September 2012
Living Room Tour | Chicago, IL | June-August 2010
Toy Theater Festival St Ann’s Warehouse | Brooklyn, NY | May 2010
Links Hall | Chicago, IL | February 2010
Jay Pritzker Pavillion Stage Millenium Park | Chicago, IL | January 2010



Technical Rider

Available upon request.

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