By Victor I. Cazares / Directed by Shana Cooper / Amherst College Artists in Residence / 2009

The full nth company returned to Amherst College to mount the first public performances of The Whale Play, an ambitious new text by company member Victor I. Cazares. Cast members were challenged to create oceans, apocalypses, and spontaneous evolution. The production played to packed houses, and the division between the audience and the performance was erased at intermission when the theater was transformed into a thriving, jumping dance club -- with electronic house music spun by DJ iRATE -- and actors and audience became one as they danced towards the apocalyptic climax of the play.

Play Synopsis:

Kavir returns to the city whose divine destruction his mother had prophesized many years ago. With the guidance of two childhood friends who ignored her mother's message, he plunges into the depths of the city to discover not only its dangerous underbelly and pop cultures' revelry, but also the billions of years between himself and the first fish that left the ocean. If he is to escape God, Kavir reasons, then he must return to the ocean and swim until he becomes a fish again.

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