And God Created Great Whales


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.

Written, Composed & Performed By
Rinde Eckert
Directed By
David Schweizer
Creative Producer:
Melanie Joseph

June, 2000 : Dance Theater Workshop
Sept-October, 2000 : 45 Bleecker St Theater



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 … The emotion that washes over the audience is astonished satisfaction, as though we had done it all ourselves..” The New York Times

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

‘He ends up disappearing into his own opera,” Mr. Eckert explained. ”As his mind goes down for the last time, he becomes Ahab and goes down with the whale, never to be seen again.” The New York Times


OBIE Award
for Best Performance – Rinde Eckert
Drama Desk Nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience


On Tour

August 2001
Mass MOCA, North Adams, MA
December 2001
The Culture Project, NYC  (4 weeks)
February 2001
Portland Institute for Contemporary Arts, Portland, OR
May 2002
Center Stage, Baltimore, MD (6 weeks)
November 2002
UC Davis, Davis, CA
June 2003
The Barbican Centre, London, UK
June 2004
Bonn Bienale, Bonn, Germany