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Various stage versions for Moby-Dick particular theater-goers

Following this spring’s theatrical production of Moby-Dick staged by Northwestern University in Evanston, comes Shattered Globe Theatre’s Midwest premiere of The Whaleship Essex by Founding Ensemble Member Joe Forbrich.

“Joe’s play captures the theme 'for what shall it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his soul,’” explains director Lou Contey. “In a world constantly challenged by climate change and dependence on fossil fuels, the story of The Whaleship Essex is even more relevant as it examines mankind's hubris in relationship to his environment. The play shows that the relentless pursuit of oil, in any era, has a price beyond the cost of a barrel of oil: it may cost us our humanity: indeed our very existence.”

The nautical drama based on the ship that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby-Dick features Steve Peebles, Angie Shriner, Drew Schad, Kevin Viol, Ben Werling, Joe Wiens and Brad Woodard with Zach Bloomfield, Lionel Gentle, Darren Jones, Josh Nordmark, Bridget Schreiber, Jonathan Stutzman, Alif Muhammad and Antonio Zhiurinskas.

The Whaleship Essex performs from August 28 through October 11, 2014 at Chicago’s Theater Wit on 1229 W. Belmont Avenue. For tickets ($15-$25) and more information, visit

Also in October, the House Theatre of Chicago presents Season on the Line featuring Thomas J. Cox, Maggie Kettering, Ty Olwin, Marika Mashburn, Abu Ansari, Christopher M. Walsh, Mary Hollis Inboden, Danny Bernardo, Tiffany Yvonne Cox, Shane Kenyon, Bob Kruse, Andy Lutz, Molly Lyons, Marvin Quijada, Sean Sinitski, Jessica Dean Turner, and Rawson Vint. This world premiere version of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is written by Company Member Shawn Pfautsch and directed by Jess McLeod. Tickets ($10-$35) and more information can be found at

Another world premiere of Moby-Dick will be presented by Lookinglass Theatre Company in association with The Actors Gymnasium. Adapted and directed by Ensemble Member David Catlin, the play opens in spring of 2015 at Chicago’s Water Tower Water Works on 821 N. Michigan Avenue. For details call 312-337-0665 or visit

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