Or The Whale
[or, the whale]
This is a story about a man who lost his leg. Lost: leg. Adrift. At sea.
Following sold out runs of Drowned Horse Tavern and All Well, [or the whale] is the third installment in PETE’s The Journey Play Is The Whole Thing: A Constellation Of Art Events, Objects and Experience. The play is a meditation on finding and forgetting, loss and madness, in which four actors play the infamous Captain Ahab. Driven by an impossible hunger, PETE’s four Ahabs will search the deep for the long lost leg. We search for wholeness. But who’s ever heard of an Ahab with two legs? No one. [or, the whale] is playful and profound, diving into Melville’s existential questions with humor and wry self-reflection.
PETE are putting on the boldest and bravest productions in town.
[The] crack ensemble in fine form playing in the deep of a dense yet whimsical text by playwright Juli Crockett. The play of language, meaning, and ideas is deeply rooted in the physical choices centering around the company’s ghostly, latex-painted lower limbs, representing Ahab’s ivory pegleg... Genius.
Original, funny, thought-provoking... As we scurry about for “meaning,” one of the things we start to understand better is the power of art.
It’s a wild and intensely emotional ride. When it was over, I felt that same calm you get after exhausting yourself in a temper tantrum, or a good cry... PETE charges straight through the boundaries of what you think you can experience at the theatre.
A melodic, entrancing and downright bizarre interpretation of Moby Dick from PETE that is a kick in the emotional gut.
Carefully pared-down minimalism permeates everything about [or, the whale], from Peter Ksander’s perfectly-appointed set to the show’s exquisite final moment.
An impressive cast... a full range of individually brilliant performances.
January 9-23, 2016
Venue: Reed College
Text by Juli Crockett
Director: Peter Ksander
*Member, Actors' Equity Association
Costume design: Jenny Ampersand
Lighting design: Miranda K Hardy
Set design: Peter Ksander
Sound design: Mark Valadez
Stage Manager: Kristina Mast
Assistant Stage Manager: Jenn Lindell
Production Assistant: Claire Thomforde-Garner
Photography: Owen Carey
Made possible with support from Ronni LaCroute, The Kinsman Foundation, The Jackson Foundation, and The Oregon Cultural Trust.