Proteus Floats Welles' Moby Dick on NYC's City Island July 19-21

News   Proteus Floats Welles' Moby Dick on NYC's City Island July 19-21 Orson Welles' adaptation of Herman Melville's great novel, "Moby Dick," gets a unique staging from the recently-formed Proteus theatre company when the production plays July 19-21 in the large boat shed at the historic Consolidated Yachts on City Island in the Bronx.
August David Paz and Jimmy O'Neill in Moby Dick.
August David Paz and Jimmy O'Neill in Moby Dick. (Photo by Photo by Ron Carter)

Orson Welles' adaptation of Herman Melville's great novel, "Moby Dick," gets a unique staging from the recently-formed Proteus theatre company when the production plays July 19-21 in the large boat shed at the historic Consolidated Yachts on City Island in the Bronx. Consolidated Yachts, where Sir Thomas Lipton, the Vanderbilts and Astors once had their luxury yachts built, is a natural locale for Moby Dick, a retelling of the whaling novel via a turn-of-the-century company of actors attempting to mount the play. The Actor-Manager, played by Welles and then Rod Steiger in the Broadway staging, takes the role of Ahab during a rehearsal, performing the character on a bare stage and bringing the story of Moby Dick to life. Future productions of Proteus' Moby Dick are planned for Queens and Long Island.

Ray Recht will design the sets for the unconventional space. His credits include Broadway's The Flowering Peach and The Babe and Off-Broadway's Collected Stories and Mrs. Klein.

Tickets are $15. The Consolidated Yachts is located at 157 Pilot Street. For reservations, call (718) 885-9708.

Robert D. Simons is producing-director of the not-for-profit Proteus. Currently chairman of the speech and theatre department at Queensborough College, he presented the New York premieres of Krapp's Last Tape and The Zoo Story in the 1960's. Recently he directed The Curate Shakespeare As You Like It.

— By Christine Ehren