Moby Dick—Rehearsed, A Play by Orson Welles | Newberry

Moby Dick—Rehearsed, A Play by Orson Welles

Typescript copy in the Newberry collection of Moby Dick—Rehearsed, a play by Orson Welles.

Typescript copy in the Newberry collection of Moby Dick—Rehearsed, a play by Orson Welles.

Staged Reading by the Shakespeare Project of Chicago
Saturday, March 16, 2019

10 am

Ruggles Hall

Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Open to the Public

A Shakespearean company puts down their rehearsal sides of Lear and curiously take up those of a new play entitled Moby Dick.

On the rehearsal stage of platforms, the teasers overhead suddenly become yardarms with sails and a tall ladder becomes a mast. The platforms become the decks of the ship on which the cast sails through the storms and tribulations of the Pequod hunting for Moby Dick.

The original production of Moby Dick—Rehearsed, directed by the author, Orson Welles, ran June 16 to July 9, 1955, at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London.

This event is part of our programming in connection with the exhibition Melville: Finding America at Sea, sponsored by Elizabeth Amy Liebman and the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation. See the exhibition from January 18 through April 6, 2019, at the Newberry.

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Cost and Registration Information 

Free and open to the public; registration required. Register using this online form by 8 am Saturday, March 16.

Doors open half an hour before the program begins, with first-come, first-served seating for registered attendees. If seats remain available, walk-ins will be admitted about ten minutes before the event’s start.

People with disabilities and other accessibility concerns can request to be seated first. To reserve an access-friendly space in the room, first register using the link above, then email publicprograms@newberry.org at least 48 hours before the event. Seats arranged in this way will be held until 10 minutes before the event starts.