by Herman Melville, adapted for the stage by Jim Burke
Directed by Alex Goldrich
Herman Melville's classic tale of revenge gets a buoyant , and lively adaptation by Montrealer Jim Burke
Considered one of the greatest novels in American literature, Moby Dick tells the story of Ishmael, a whaler on his first expedition on The Pequod. He suddenly finds himself part of Captain Ahab's obsessive search for the infamous white whale that destroyed his ship and tore off his leg.
Alex Goldrich directs 5 actors who dive in and out of over 30 characters in order to bring this tale to life.
Studio Jean-Valcourt du Conservatoire
CAST AND CREW
ALEX GOLDRICH - Director
Alex Goldrich was born in Ottawa, raised in New Brunswick, and has lived in Montreal since 2007. As an actor he has performed in such roles as Horatio in Hamlet (Persephone Productions), Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Saint John Theatre Company), as the title role inMacbeth (Montreal Shakespeare Theatre Company), Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (Saint John Theatre Company) in various roles inHarry The King (Repercussion Theatre), and most recently as Dr. Jekyll in Persephone's production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He made his directorial debut in 2013 with Closer (RAW Productions). Alex is grateful to Persephone Productions for the wonderful opportunities they continue to give to local theatre artists, and for the opportunity to help bring the amazing story of Moby Dick to life.
ANNE-MARIE SAHEB - Ishmael & Ensemble
Anne-Marie is a graduate of the Dawson College Professional Theatre Program, and works in both English and French in theatre, film and television as an actor, director and producer. She is a co-founder and artistic co-director of the Third Eye Ensemble, a Montreal-based production company, and she is part of the Black Theatre Workshop's 2015-2016 Artist Mentorship Program. This will be her first time working with Persephone Productions and she is thrilled to be sharing the experience with this very talented cast and crew! Enjoy the voyage!
MARTIN LAW - Captain Ahab & Ensemble
Martin Law is the co-founder of Chocolate Moose Theatre Company. This will be his third time appearing with Persephone. Previous credits include Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Stage Beauty (Persephone), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and one-man performances in Richard III and An Iliad (Chocolate Moose). Directing credits include: Conspiracy!, The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine, Doctor Faustusand Zoo Story (Chocolate Moose).
ALEX PETRACHUK - Pip & Ensemble
Alex Petrachuk is a graduate of the BFA Theatre Performance program at Concordia University. Born and raised in the nation’s capital, she grew up performing alongside her trumpet playing Grandfather. She has made her home in the vibrant city of Montreal where she plays as both actor and multidisciplinary artist. She is a founding member of obra anaïs, a contemporary performance ensemble that approaches work from an intersectional feminist perspective. Selected theatre credits include: VANITASX3 (Theatre NUAJ), The Saint Plays (Clea Minaker), Compleat Female Stage Beauty (Persephone Productions) and most recently, Conspiracy! (Chocolate Moose Theatre). Alex has had the opportunity to learn from some of Montreal's most engaged theatre makers, friends and family - for this, she is very grateful.
CHRIS HICKS - Queequeg & Ensemble
Chris is a Montreal native and graduate of Concordia University’s Theatre Performance program. After having been away from the stage for some time he’s glad to be welcomed back by Persephone Theatre. This is Chris’ second time working with Persephone after the 2013 production of Oroonoko. He’s had the pleasure of playing Marcellus Wallace for Beyond the Mountain’s Bard Fiction, the Dragon King for Jingju Canada’s The Dragon King and Delbert Tibbs for Third Eye Productions The Exonerated. Chris is thrilled to be working with some of the most talented and committed people this city has to offer and invites you to set sail with us on this thrilling adventure!
NILS SVENSSON-CARELL - Flask & Ensemble
Nils Svensson-Carell grew up in Sweden where the theatre bug first clasped its pinchers around his throat. A love for the craft and a desire to perform in the English language made him switch scenery from the cold borders of Sweden to the even colder ones of the Great White North where he graduated from Dawson College Professional Theatre Program in 2015, having played parts such as Oberon and a Modern twist of Lear. He is very excited to be taking part in his first Persephone production with such an amazing and welcoming cast and crew and looking forward to a future within the Montreal Theatre community.
PETER VATSIS - Set Designer
RACHEL QUINTERO FAIA - Costume Designer
Rachel is among the recent graduates of John Abbott College’s Professional Theatre Program. This is her second time working with Persephone Productions, and she is very excited to have the opportunity to work with such a group of talented artists once again. Her latest credits include Set Designer for Compleat Female Stage Beauty (Persephone Productions), Costume Designer for Captain Aurora: A Superhero Musical (Kaleidoscope Theatre), Artistic Director and Costume Designer for the short film Hidden (One Thought Productions), and is currently an in-house technician at Hudson Village Theatre.
ROBERT MOODY - Lighting Designer
Robert King Moody IV is a recent Graduate of the John Abbott College Theatre program, where he studied lighting, sound, carpentry, and many other theatre techniques. He has worked in small part on many shows in the Montreal area, and spent a summer as assistant technical director at Hudson Village theatre for the summer 2014 season. He’s happy to be a part of this production, Moby Dick, and this is his second time working with Persephone Productions.
ELYSE QUESNEL - Stage Manager
Elyse Quesnel studied technical theatre and playwriting in Montreal. She returns to Montreal after a year working as an Apprentice Stage Manager at the Shaw Festival. Since graduating she’s worn many hats, but prefers stage management. She has had the pleasure of stage managing 3 Montreal Fringe shows; Reflections on Giving Birth to a Squid (Parent Productions), 8 Ways My Mother Was Conceived (Marybeth Productions) and Chamber Music (We Are One). She was fortunate enough to take 8 Ways My Mother was Conceived to New York City and Winnipeg. Other stage managing credits include Under Milk Wood (Jac’N’Burgh) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Romeo and Juliet, 1984 (JAC), Brighella, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead(Collective Productions), Standing on Ceremony, Done To Death (Brave New Productions), Spring Awakening: the Musical, Walnut Tree (Persephone Productions) Billy, the Days of Howling(Talisman Theatre). Apprentice Stage Management credits include: Othello (Scapegoat Carnivale/Segal Center for Performing Arts), The Meeting (Black Theatre Workshop), Top Girls (Segal Center for Performing Arts), Harry The King (Repercussion), Corpus (Teesri Duniya), Lady from the Sea, Light up the Sky and Lithuania (Shaw Festival). Most recently she had her Stage Management debut in Toronto with a record breaking show for the Storefront Theatre with Edmond. She returns to the Shaw Festival for her second season at the end of February. She is very excited to be back in Montreal and to be working with Persephone for the fourth time.