PHOTO CALL: Tony Winner Shuler Hensley Is 600-Pound Man in NYC Premiere of The Whale

Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley stars in the New York City premiere of Obie Award winner Samuel D. Hunter's The Whale, about a 600-pound man trying to reclaim his life, beginning Oct. 12 at Playwrights Horizons.

Hensley ( Young Frankenstein, Tarzan) is joined by Theatre World Award winner Cassie Beck ( The Drunken City and Prayer for My Enemy at Playwrights, Broadway's The Norman Conquests), Reyna de Courcy (Off-Broadway's Burning), Tasha Lawrence ( Wilder, Wilder, Wilder and Good People on Broadway) and Cory Michael Smith ( The Shaggs at Playwrights, Cock). Here's how Playwrights bills the play: "On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a 600-pound recluse (Hensley) hides away in his apartment eating himself to death. Desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter (de Courcy), he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Big-hearted and fiercely funny, The Whale tells the story of a man's last chance at redemption, and of finding beauty in the most unexpected places."

Here's a look at the production:

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