Created, Composed, Written by Rinde Eckert
Directed by David Schweizer
Performed by Rinde Eckert and Nora Cole
Performances begin February 7
Opens February 12
45 Bleecker Street
(near the NE corner of Lafayette Street)
New York, NY 10012
Evening performances at 8pm.
Sunday matinee performances at 3:00pm.
Tickets available for purchase online, by calling 866-811-4111, or at the box office (opens one hour before show time)
$55 for regular performances, $35 for previews, $20 student rush available at the box office (limited availability)
And God Created Great Whales is a haunting musical adventure that delves into the psyche of a composer who is trying to create an opera based on Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Desperately fighting against a disease that is eating away at his mind, he must rely on a tape recorder to remind him of yesterday’s instructions to himself. Rinde Eckert displays his full creative force in this frenzied, funny, romantic, and moving play.
Conceived by Rinde Eckert, And God Created Great Whales garnered the attention of critics and audiences alike when it premiered at Dance Theatre Workshop in early 2000. The New York Times hailed the piece as “total magic,” while Billboard called it “one of the most strikingly original works to be seen in New York.” After receiving an Obie Award and a Drama Desk nomination, the show was remounted at the 45 Bleecker Street Theatre and produced by Culture Project. And God Created Whales has been seen across the country, including at MassMoCa, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in Oregon, and Baltimore’s Center Stage. Now, under the original director David Schweizer, and performed by Nora Cole and Rinde Eckert, And God Created Whales returns to its origins to thrill New York audiences once more.