The Whale

Playwright: Samuel D. Hunter

Directed by:Assoc. Artistic Director, Annamaria Pileggi

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Now an Academy Award® Winning film, Artistic Director William Roth Stars.

On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a 600-pound recluse hides away in his apartment and slowly eats himself to death. Desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Big-hearted and fiercely funny, The Whale tells the story of a man's last chance at redemption, and of finding beauty in the most unexpected places.

Winner! 2013 Lucille Lortel Award, Best Play
Winner! 2013 Drama Desk Special Award for Significant Contribution to Theatre
Winner! 2013 GLAAD Media Award, Outstanding New York Theatre

Finalist: 27th Annual Lambda Literary Award, for best LGBT Drama of 2014/15


“Vibrant and provocative... Hunter explores his material with sharp-eared skill and sensitivity.”

– Village Voice

“CRITIC'S PICK. FOUR STARS. Sharp and funny... Harrowingly good, endowing [its main character] with wit and dignity.”

– Time Out New York

“Riveting... an impassioned and arresting clash of minds and emotions. I was glued to the stage... Equally dynamic and horrifying.”

– New York Observer