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Telling ‘Moby-Dick’ From Inside The Whale

Horse Head Theatre’s production of The Whale brings the audience inside the whale — a portable theater created from a geodesic dome on the banks of Buffalo Bayou.

The Whale Banner Horse Head TheatreThe Whale Poster Horse Head TheatreDoing a stage adaptation of Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby-Dick would probably be challenging. You’d need ships, and sailors, and some sort of stand-in for water and – of course – a great white whale.

It would be even more challenging to stage Moby-Dick as a one-man show, which is exactly what Houston’s Horse Head Theatre is attempting this summer in its new production of The Whale (or, Moby-Dick).

Michael Hagerty gives us a better understanding of how this unique production works by talking with artistic director Jacey Little and actor Philip Hays.

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He...

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