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Whale, The - Full Length Play, Drama

Whale, The

Samuel D. Hunter

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Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573701665

A six hundred pound recluse, hiding away from the world and slowly eating himself to death, is given one last chance at redemption.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - Northern Idaho, the present.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Monologues, Scene work

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Elaborate / High Volume Costumes

CAUTIONS

Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

WINNER - 2013 Lucille Lortel Award, Best Play 
WINNER - 2013 Drama Desk Special Award for Significant Contribution to Theatre 
WINNER - 2013 GLAAD Media Award, Outstanding New York Theatre 
NOMINEE - 2013 Drama League Award, Outstanding Production of a Play 
NOMINEE - 2013 Outer Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play 
NOMINEE - 2013 John Gassner Award, Oustanding New American Play
FINALIST - 27th Annual Lambda Literary Award, for best LGBT Drama of 2014/15

Samuel D. Hunter is a 2014 MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellow 
Samuel D. Hunter is the 2012 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama

On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a six hundred pound recluse hides away in his apartment, and slowly eats himself to death. Desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Big-hearted and fiercely funny, The Whale tells the story of a man's last chance at redemption, and of finding beauty in the most unexpected places.




REVIEWS

"Riveting...An impassioned and arresting clash of minds and emotions. I was glued to the stage...Equally dynamic and horrifying." - New York Observer, Read More

"Vibrant and provocative...Hunter explores his material with sharp-eared skill and sensitivity." - Village VoiceRead More

"Extraordinary. As he did in his breakthrough play A Bright New Boise, Hunter has constructed an outsize, gothic scenario in tender miniature." - New York MagazineRead More

"FOUR STARS. A deeply affecting and piercingly amusing play by Samuel D. Hunter...Leaves an emotional wallop in its wake." - New York Daily NewsRead More

"CRITIC'S PICK. FOUR STARS. Sharp and funny...Harrowingly good, endowing [its main character] with wit and dignity." - Time Out New YorkRead More


Samuel D. Hunter on The Whale

"Though the story of The Whale is fundamentally a story of a father trying to reconnect with a daughter, he's doing so by trying to teach her how to write a good essay. But in teaching her how to write a good essay, he's trying to teach her how to think independently and how to relate to other people. Ultimately, he's teaching her how to have empathy." Read the entire essay here.


RELATED ARTICLES ON BREAKING CHARACTER

A Gripping Redemption: THE WHALE
by Julia Izumi
February 25, 2015


The Whale was developed in part at the Denver Center Theatre Company's 2011 New Play Summit. The play had its world premiere at the Ricketson Theatre in Denver, Colorado, presented by the Denver Center Theatre Company in January 2012. It was directed by Hal Brooks. The play was first presented Off Broadway by Playwrights Horizons at the Peter J. Sharp Theatre on October 12, 2012. It was directed by Davis McCullum.

Characters

CASTING

2m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Features Teens, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

CHARLIE - Early to mid-forties, male, weighing around 600 lbs.
LIZ - Mid to late-thirties, female.
ELDER THOMAS - 19, male.
ELLIE - 17, female.
MARY - Early to mid-forties, female.
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Videos
  • Samuel D. Hunter, Advice on Producing His Plays

  • Becoming Charlie, South Coast Rep

  • The Whale, Playwrights Horizons Trailer

Author
Samuel D. Hunter

Samuel D. Hunter

Samuel D. Hunter’s plays include "The Whale" (Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, GLAAD Media Award, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play), "A Bright New Boise" (Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), "The Few," "A Great Wilderness," "Rest," "Pocatello," and most recently, "Lewiston" and "Clarkston." He is the recipient of a 2014 ... view full profile

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Reviews
Kevin Gardner 2/11/2014 5:51 PM
Amy Scholl 2/3/2014 10:43 AM
While it may be difficult to produce this play due to the demands of the "fat suit", it is full of good scene material.  Rich, psychologically flawed humans with a lot of heart.  The production at the Denver Center was fabulous!
J. Thomas Kidd 9/24/2013 12:04 PM

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