A New York playwright-turned-venture capitalist, trying to remember the events that occurred on an island three decades prior, finds his quest leading him to an unexpected whirlpool involving a giant lobster, Roman Polanski, a pornography ring, Walt Disney, Jorge Luis Borges, and more.
The Off-Broadway production of Nantucket Sleigh Ride closed May 5, 2019. For current Off-Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
From the producers: "Nantucket Sleigh Ride" is a new work in the classic John Guare style: urbane, funny, literate and off-beat - with its finger right on the pulse. And a racing pulse at that! For those not up on their 19th century whaling slang, a “Nantucket Sleigh Ride” is literally a wild ride: a harpooned whale would sometimes drag a ship full of whalers on a crazy desperate course, often for miles, as it thrashed and flailed trying to escape its captors. Guare takes us on just such a voyage with Mundie, a playwright turned New York stockbroker, who ventures from Manhattan to Nantucket island one day on a surreal errand. He gets mixed up with a giant lobster, Roman Polanski, a pornography ring, Walt Disney, stranded children, a murder, and Jorge Luis Borges to name a few. The action takes place in both the present day, and in a memory-filled excursion to the 1970s, because, in Guare's universe, the standard rules of time and space delightfully don’t apply.
Irish American playwright John Guare is best known as the author of "The House of Blue Leaves," "Six Degrees of Separation," and "Landscape of the Body." His style, which mixes comic invention with an acute sense of the failure of human relations and aspirations, is at once cruel and deeply compassionate. "Nantucket Sleigh Ride" marks the reunion of Guare, director Jerry Zaks, and Lincoln Center Theater - where previous collaborations "The House of Blue Leaves" and "Six Degrees of Separation" premiered.
The production features Tony and Emmy winner John Larroquette, Tony nominees Will Swenson and Douglas Sills, Clea Alsip, Tina Benko, Adam Chanler-Berat, Jordan Gelber, Grace Rex, and Stacey Sargeant.
What's Lincoln Center Theater? One of the largest and most prominent non-profit theaters in the city, LCT has three state-of-the-art venues at Lincoln Center, and occasionally produces shows in the theater district proper. On rare occasions the fare is controversial, but as a matter of course, it's the best-regarded theatrical producing organization in the city. The company's LTC3 initiative is devoted to producing the work of new artists and building new audiences. More here.