Rinde Eckert

Rinde Eckert: And God Created Great Whales

“One is overwhelmed by the power of quest and loss and by the beauty of the music.” The New York Times

“It made me feel alive at a time when little in the musical theater does.” Village Voice

Hailed as “total magic” by The New York Times, this Obie Award-winning work of groundbreaking music-theater is a morbidly funny and deeply moving operatic journey into the psyche of an eccentric composer as he desperately tries to complete his final opus: an opera based on Melville’s Moby-Dick. Alpert Award-winner Rinde Eckert’s tour de force performance draws the audience into the haunted world of Nathan, whose struggle against mental deterioration forces him to rely on a tape recorder worn around his neck, in place of a working memory, as his obsession with the opera becomes as total as Ahab’s quest for the white whale. Masterfully directed by David Schweizer and featuring the vocal magic of original cast member Nora Cole, these performances mark the return of Eckert’s seminal 2000 off-Broadway production, which prompted critics to cite such diverse references as Bertolt Brecht, Samuel Beckett and Tom Waits.

Funded in part with generous support from The Herb Alpert Foundation. The Alpert Award in the Arts, a fellowship program that supports innovative practitioners in the fields of dance, film/video, music, theater and visual arts, is administered by CalArts on behalf of The Herb Alpert Foundation.

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Date/TimeGSTCA
WED 1/25
8:30 pm
$20$16$10
THU 1/26
8:30 pm
$20$16$10
FRI 1/27
8:30 pm
$20$16$10
SAT 1/28
8:30 pm
$25$20$12
SUN 1/29
3:00 pm
$25$20$12

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff