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A "Nantucket sleigh ride" is an old whaling term: "Sailors would harpoon a whale, and the whale would drag the sailors on a frantic race across the ocean — for hours — for days — until the whale had died or the sailors had drowned." In his attempts to recover a memory of an event that happened on a faraway island 35 years before, Nantucket Sleigh Ride plunges a New York playwright-turned-venture capitalist (to be played by John Larroquette) into a whirlpool of a giant lobster, Roman Polanski, a pornography ring, Walt Disney, a murder, stranded children, and Jorge Luis Borges, with the most unexpected results. This production marks the return of playwright John Guare and director Jerry Zaks to Lincoln Center Theater, where their critically acclaimed productions of The House of Blue Leaves and Six Degrees of Separation premiered.

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