New York City
Four performers, one boat on wheels and a few buckets of water add up to all 135 chapters of Melville’s classic novel. With a layman’s cursory knowledge of this epic, Buntport is belly-flopping right in. And the water is funny and strange and beautiful and difficult and surprising.
BTC gave themselves the task of adapting Melville’s most famous work, something that has been done many times for the stage and the screen. However, their approach might be a little different. Sure, they’ve left in the all too familiar storyline of Ahab’s obsession with the white whale. However, unlike so many before, they’ve also left in all of Melville’s meanderings, side stories, educational chapters about the whaling business, etc. This is Moby Dick with the fat left on. And in true Buntportian fashion, it all happens fast and with the help of little more than some rope, pulleys and fabric.
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