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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.


Michael Hagerty

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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