By Suzanne Fisher
Western Sun news editor
Spring brings to Golden West College another season of artistic excellence in the Fine and Performing Arts. In the month of March, the play “Moby Dick” can be seen and promises to provide a lineup of talented performers with reasonable ticket prices offered.
Tom Amen will bring Herman Melville’s towering masterpiece “Moby Dick” to life in a new stage play adaptation. In the reflective fashion of a memory play, the action follows the adventure of a young sailor, Ishmael, and his voyage aboard the Pequod; an American whale ship commanded by one of the most haunting and enigmatic literary figures ever created, Captain Ahab.
Bent on revenge for the cruel loss of his leg during a battle with a notoriously menacing white whale, Ahab will stop at nothing in his quest for a moment of reckoning with his hated nemesis. Endowing Moby Dick with brutal, malignant and evil intentions, Ahab pursues the legendary leviathan across whole oceans until, at long last, these two forces of nature collide in the emptiness of the vast pacific.
Shakespearean in scope and scriptural in tone, Melville’s language takes center stage in this dramatic adaptation that is at once faithful to the novel, yet innovative and interpretive in its own right. The result is a powerful, mesmerizing and thought provoking meditation on the nature of vengeance, obsession and the extreme complexity of the human heart.
The play can be seen on March 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m., and March 10 and 17 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mainstage Theater. Ticket prices for General Admission are priced at $15 and Student/Seniors are priced at $13. For more information call the Arts and Letters Division at (714) 895-8772.