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The Foundry Theatre
140-142 2nd Ave, Suite 405
New York, NY 10003
(212) 777 - 1444

And God Created Great Whales


Dance Theater Workshop, 45 Bleeker, and on tour
An extraordinary and haunting musical adventure into the psyche of an artist, AND GOD CREATED GREAT WHALES follows a gifted composer on a quest to finish his opus: an opera based on Moby Dick. Desperately fighting against a disease eating away at his mind, he is forced to rely on a tape recorder hung around his neck, each day pressing “Play” and hearing yesterday’s instructions to himself. As his faculties irrevocably diminish, Nathan is forced into a race against time, struggling through waves of confusion not only for the notes of his opera, but for the very chords of his own mind.

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Written, composed and performed by Rinde Eckert

Featuring Nora Cole
Directed by David Schweizer
Set and Lighting Design Kevin Adams
Sound Design James Rattazzi
Costume Design Clint E.B. Ramos

Production Stage Manager Scott Pegg


One is overwhelmed by the power of quest and loss, and by the beauty of the music.

It made me feel alive at a time when little in musical theater does.
Village Voice


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