Press Release - ​​​Moby Dick

South Coast Repertory Sails Into New Year With Stunning Adaptation of Moby Dick

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Jan. 9, 2017)—Whether you enjoyed or avoided Moby Dick in high school, Lookingglass Theatre Company’s acclaimed stage adaptation will take your breath away. The production, with its bold use of acrobatics and physical daring, ushers in the New Year on South Coast Repertory’s Segerstrom Stage, Jan. 20-Feb. 19. Tickets are now available at

Lookingglass Artistic Director David Catlin has taken the classic from page to stage and will direct the production at SCR. Like Melville’s book, the play sets sail with three words—“Call me Ishmael” —and then follows the bigger-than-life characters on the hunt for the elusive white whale.

“For me, the more impossible the book, the more exciting it is and the more fun it is,” Catlin said. “We turned this classic story into something sublime and amazing and it makes for a powerful experience.”

The stage is filled with interlocking ropes and cables, framed by arches that hint at both the curved ribs of a whale and the hold of a ship, over an ocean created from a wash of billowing blue silk. Lookingglass’ Moby Dick premiered in 2015 to rave reviews. The production was developed with the acclaimed Actors Gymnasium, which infused the storytelling with riveting physical theatre and circus-like acrobatics.

Lookingglass’ Moby Dick also brought together three theatre companies—Alliance Theatre (Atlanta), Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.) and South Coast Repertory— to co-produce and share the experience with their respective audiences. Atlanta INtown called Moby Dick “gigantic, breathtaking, artistic”; and DC Theatre Scene called the show “brilliant… this may be the best thing you’ll see in theater all year.”

Founded in 1998, Tony Award-winning Lookingglass Theatre Company is acclaimed for fresh and innovative adaptations of literary classics. Its past productions include Lookingglass Alice, Treasure Island, The Little Prince, Ethan Frome and The Arabian Nights. For Moby Dick, the theatre collaborated with Actor’s Gymnasium to bring high-flying physical theatre and circus-like acrobatics to the story.

The cast includes Kelley Abell, Jamie Abelson, Walter Owen Briggs, Cordelia Dewdney, Christopher Donahue, Micah Figueroa, Anthony Fleming III, Kasey Foster, Raymond Fox and Javen Ulambayar, with understudies Adeoye and Chris Mathews.

The design and creative team includes Courtney O’Neill, scenic design; Sully Ratke, costume design; William C. Kirkham, lighting design; Rick Sims, sound design/composition; Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi, aerial and acrobatic choreography; Kathy Logelin, dialect coach; Isaac Schoepp, rigging design; and Philip R. Smith, casting. The production manager is Joshua Marchesi and the stage manager is Mary Hungerford.

Moby Dick has generous support from Honorary Producers Carolyn and Bill Klein, and Sandy Segerstrom Daniels. The Corporate Honorary Associate Producers are Haskell & White LLP and BNY Mellon Wealth Management and the media partner is KCRW.

Tickets start at $22. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, fulltime educators, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For complete information, visit:

Related Information for Moby Dick

Tickets: May be purchased online at, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the Box Office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances run Jan. 20-Feb. 19. Ticket prices start at $22. Low-priced previews run Jan. 20-Jan. 26. SCR’s performances run Tuesdays-Sundays; there are no performances on Mondays.

Performance Dates, Times: 

  • Previews run Jan. 20-26

    • Friday and Saturday, at 8 p.m., Jan. 20-21.
    • Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 22, and Jan. 24-25.
    • Thursday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m.
  • Regular performances run Jan. 28-Feb. 19. 
     Note: Friday, Jan. 27, is an invitation-only performance. 
    • Evening Performances:
      • Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, at 7:30 p.m.: Jan. 29, Jan. 31-Feb. 1; Feb. 5, Feb. 7-8; and Feb. 12, Feb. 14-15.
      • Thursdays-Saturdays, at 8 p.m.: Jan. 28; Feb. 2-4; Feb. 9-11; and Feb. 16-18.
    •  Matinees:
      • Saturdays-Sundays, at 2:30 p.m.: Jan. 28-29; Feb. 4-5; Feb. 11-12; and Feb. 18-19.
      • ASL-interpreted: Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2:30 p.m.

Special Events

  • Post-Show Discussions: Wednesday, Feb. 1, and Tuesday, Feb. 7. Discuss the play with cast members of Moby Dick during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Segerstrom Stage.
  • Inside the Season: Saturday, Feb. 4, from, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Led by members of SCR’s literary staff, this lively two-hour session includes in-depth interviews with cast members and artists from the production staff, revealing secrets and offering insights into SCR’s production of Moby Dick.  Segerstrom Stage. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.
  • American Sign Language-Interpreted: Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2:30 p.m.

Location: South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Boulevard.

Current and Upcoming Productions:
The Roommate by Jen Silverman, through Jan. 22; Lookingglass Theatre Company’s Moby Dick, adapted by David Catlin, Jan. 20-Feb. 19; Orange by Aditi Brennan Kapil, March 5-26; Flora & Ulysses by John Glore, adapted from the book by Kate DiCamillo, Feb. 3-19 (Theatre for Young Audiences); The Siegel by Michael Mitnick, March 24-April 23; A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath, April 9-30; 20th Pacific Playwrights Festival, April 21-23; The Monster Builder by Amy Freed, May 5-June 4; and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing adapted by Bruce Mason from the book by Judy Blume, May 19-June 4 (Theatre for Young Audiences).  More information is available at

ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio.