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    Kill The Whale: A Musical Odyssey

    Writer/Composer: Daniel Emond
    September 16
    Bennett Hall, 62 Centre Street

    Kill the Whale: A Musical Odyssey is a musical and visual re-imagining of the classic Moby-Dick. The score, soaked in rock and hip hop, folk and roots, rhythm and blues, psychedelia and soul, like the culturally inclusive company of singer-musicians, is an eclectic reflection of America’s diversity. The show and future music videos will feature a strong and diverse group of singers, including Courtney Bassett as Starbuck. On September 16th, the show will be presented as a concert of selections by the Nantucket Theatre Workshop, at Bennet Hall, with an introduction from Daniel’s friend and fellow Mellvilean, the acclaimed author Nathaniel Philbrick (In the Heart of The Sea, Why Read Moby-Dick). Daniel Emond has dreamt of bringing a concert of songs from Kill The Whale to Nantucket ever since he first visited the island in 2017, an island that deeply influenced Melville and his universally known yet often misunderstood opus. Joined by five other singers and musicians from the cast, Daniel (or Ishmael) will lead the audience through some of the show’s musical movements, providing context for the characters’ circumstances and emotional states.

    Kill the Whale: A Musical Odyssey was recently workshopped at Corkscrew Festival in NYC, garnering early praise and buzz from fans and industry alike. This week, the musical/visual project Kill the Whale: A Musical Odyssey has revealed the second installment from its music video series, “Dusk.” The song introduces the character Starbuck, played by Courtney Bassett (The Great Comet). 

    “What I've seen so far of Daniel’s new musical reimagining of Moby-Dick is dynamic and intriguing and
    would, I think, be of great interest.” -Nathaniel Philbrick, In the Heart of the Sea-

    “Fascinating and powerful. The songs and voices are really terrific.” -Shayne Doty, Managing Director for Philanthropy at Asia Society

    • Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Daniel Emond*
    • Courtney Bassett*
    • Laura Dadap*
    • Josh Henderson
    • Nate Repasz
    • Claire Wellen*
    *Denotes a member of Actor’s Equity Association

    Nathaniel Philbrick (Introduction) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he attended Linden Elementary School and Taylor Allderdice High School. He earned a BA in English from Brown University and an MA in America Literature from Duke University, where he was a
    James B. Duke Fellow. He was Brown University’s first Intercollegiate All-American sailor in 1978. In 2000, Philbrick published the New York Times bestseller, In the Heart of the Sea, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction. The book was the basis of the 2015 movie of the same title directed by Ron Howard. In 2011 Philbrick’s Why Read Moby-Dick? was a finalist for the New England Society Book Award and was named to the 2012 Listen List for Outstanding Audiobook Narration from the Reference and User Services Association, a division of the ALA.

    Daniel Emond* (Ishmael) a lifelong musician, singer, and composer, spontaneously began this massive work on a bike ride through Brooklyn, writing the melody to the chorus of his first song, The Whale. Since then, he has developed Kill the Whale: A Musical Odyssey––An irreverent Re-telling of Moby-Dick that would manifest as a live musical production, a musical film, and a concept album. Composition and music-directing credits include Dawn (Signature Theatre, Sonnet Rep, Space on Ryder Farm, O’Neill Finalist) and Daphne (IRT).

    Courtney Bassett* (Starbuck) is a NYC based actress/singer/songwriter. Recent favorite credits include Broadway's "Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812", "Somewhere" singer for New York City Ballet's "West Side Story Suite" , Alabama Shakespeare Festival's "The Sound of Music.” Television: Manifest, The
    Today Show, Good Morning America, The 71st Annual Tony Awards. Courtney is part of the indie-pop duo, @starbirdandthephoenixband. She is thrilled to bring this piece to Nantucket.

    Laura Dadap* (Fedallah) has been seen Off Broadway and on the international tour of Voca People, and Nickelodeon Presents: Storytime Live! Regional credits include 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Arkansas step), and Agent 355 (Chautauqua Theater Company). A proud graduate of Emerson College’s BFA
    Acting program and a founding member of Macabre Americana, a folk fusion band that explores the dark side of American history. Laura and her husband, John, are also aspiring hot sauce entrepreneurs. www.lauradadap.com

    Josh Henderson (Music Supervisor) is a NYC based Violinist, Violist, Electric Bassist and Composer. Josh leads a multi-faceted career that ranges from solo performances with orchestras to playing electric violin in Rock Bands. A player in the groups Contemporaneous, Alkali, and Warp Trio among others, he regularly performs all over the globe and loves playing music of all styles. He can be found online at www.joshhendersonmusic.com.

    Nathan Repasz (Bulkington/Drums/Violin) is a drummer, vocalist, composer, and improviser based in Brooklyn. He has most recently worked with composer Sxip Shirey providing music for the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus's Brooklyn Abridged and assistant music directing The Gauntlet, a large-scale choral installation at
    Rockefeller Center. He is currently developing an improvisatory operatic adaptation of Ursula K. LeGuin's The Dispossessed for the Loading Dock Theatre's Forklift Residency - to be presented Oct. 20. He is also looking forward to music directing Bard College's upcoming production of Promenade Oct. 24

    Claire Wellen* (Stubb) is originally from North Dakota and lives in Queens, NY, where she leads the ghost folk band Youth in a Roman Field. She is also member of the Brooklyn- based indie rock band San Fermin and works as a freelance violinist, singer, and writer. Broadway: Once National Tour: Once Off-Broadway: Accidentally Brave (Composer) Regional: Eastland (Lookingglass Theatre Company) To Kill A Mockingbird, Man In Love (Steppenwolf Theatre Company). She wants you to vote in all of your upcoming elections. #NeverAgain #MeToo #BLM www.clairewellin.com / www.youthinromanfield.com / twitter:
    @stonegrldancing / @inaromanfield

    Tickets on sale online and at the Main Street Box Office.
    * 24/7 at theatrenantucket.org
    * By calling 508.288.4305 (local: Mon-Fri 10AM-4PM)
    * By visiting our Box Office at 50 Main Street, Second Floor (Mon-Fri 10AM- 5PM)

    All performances at Bennett Hall
    62 Centre Street – on the grounds of the First Congregational Church
    Running Time: Approx. 70 minutes

    Monday, September 16 at 7:00PM