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FALL THEATRE PRODUCTION: THE WHALE

In the first production of the newly-created School of Visual and Performing Arts, the theatre arts department at the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma will perform Samuel D. Hunter’s “The Whale” Nov. 18-19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Davis Hall Little Theatre.

Recently released as a full-length feature film starring Brendan Fraser to critical acclaim at this year’s Venice Film Festival, “The Whale” is about Charlie, a 600lb, middle-aged, gay man, as he attempts to reconnect with his 17-year-old daughter. Supporting himself by teaching online writing courses and facing congestive heart failure, Charlie joins with a Mormon missionary and a nurse on a hero’s journey in this play that challenges audiences to see beyond their prejudice. The award-winning script uses imagery and ideas from Moby Dick and the Book of Jonah to hold a mirror to a contemporary struggle with judgement, guilt, and repentance.

“Each play that we perform is selected to support specific learning goals. Our theatre is our laboratory. This term, students are studying contemporary drama and will read more than twenty plays written in the past decade,” said Katie Davis, professor of theatre arts, department coordinator and production director. “I was not surprised to see that this relatively new play was selected to be made into a film. It is relatable, and emotional, and a great challenge for actors. Audiences will get the chance to see the script as it first was created for the stage in our production before the theatrical release of the film in December.

Tickets will be $10 at the door. Due to COVID-19, seating is limited and reservations are encouraged by calling (405)-574-1310. Social distancing and masking will be expected at the event.