The Whale

March 7 - April 12, 2014

Written by Samuel D. Hunter
Directed by David R. Gammons
Scenic Design by Cristina Todesco**
Costume Design by Gail Astrid Buckley**
Lighting Design by Jeff Adelberg**
Sound Design by David Remedios**
Production Stage Managed by
Christine Lomaka*

Charlie has hidden himself away in his Northern Idaho apartment and is quietly eating himself to death in the wake of a personal tragedy. With his health deteriorating, Charlie makes one last desperate attempt to connect with his estranged daughter Ellie, a sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen whom he has not seen in 15 years. As Charlie embarks on his quest for redemption, he looks to his enabling caregiver Liz, ex-wife Mary, and Mormon missionary Elder Thomas for closure, meaning, and forgiveness.



Josephine Elwood…Ellie
Maureen Keiller*…Mary
John Kuntz*…Charlie
Georgia Lyman*…Liz
Ryan O’Connor…Elder Thomas


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2014 IRNE Nominations

The Independent Reviewers of New England have announced their nominations for the 2015 IRNE Awards, and SpeakEasy is proud to have earned 20 nominations for our productions and artists. The ceremony will be held April 13, at 7:30 pm (doors at 7 p.m.), at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, […]

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The Anatomy of The Whale

Anatomy of THE WHALE THE WHALE is full of striking elements: its colorful characters, its setting in small-town Idaho, and of course, its six-hundred pound protagonist Charlie. But playwright Samuel D. Hunter didn’t find his initial inspiration in any of those things. Instead, it was a job teaching expository writing at Rutgers that sparked what […]

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David R. Gammons

Production History Written by Samuel D. Hunter and first produced by Playwright’s Horizons in 2012, THE WHALE has earned a 2013 Drama Desk Award, a 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, and Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play. Director David R. Gammons David is thrilled to return to the SpeakEasy […]

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