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Hoist sail, raise anchor, and join the hunt for the great white whale! Set off on an epic sea adventure as one of America’s greatest novels comes to life on stage.

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  • Presenting Sponsor Performances for Young Audiences

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    EBased on the novel by Herman Melville

    Presented by Theater Triebwerk from Germany

    Hoist sail, raise anchor, and join the hunt for the great white whale! Youre off on an epic sea adventure as one of Americas greatest novels comes to life on stage.

    The harpooner known as Queequeg, who throws barbed spears (or harpoons) at whales, scans the horizon looking for Moby Dick.

    Explore More!Go to KC Connections on ARTSEDGEartsedge.kennedy-center.org/students/kc-connections

    Based on the novel by Herman Melville

    Presented by Theater Triebwerk from Germany

    Presenting Sponsor Performances for Young AudiencesPresenting Sponsor Performances for Young Audiences

    David M. Rubenstein Chairman

    Deborah F. RutterPresident

    Mario R. RosseroSenior Vice President, Education

    Additional support for Moby Dick is provided by The Clark Charitable Foundation; Mr. James V. Kimsey; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; and the U.S. Department of Education.

    Major support for educational programs at the Kennedy Center is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program.

    Kennedy Center education and related artistic programming is made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts and the Presidents Advisory Committee on the Arts.

    www.kennedy-center.org/artsedge

    Cuesheets are produced by ARTSEDGE, an education program of the Kennedy Center.

    Learn more about Education at the Kennedy Center at www.kennedy-center.org/education

    The contents of this Cuesheet have been developed under a grant from the U.S. Departwment of Education but do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education. You should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

    2016 The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

    About Theater TriebwerkFounded in Hamburg, Germany in 1995, triebwerk in German means to work with driving force, and refers to the groups desire to create powerful theater. The company is known for their use of music and the ability to create unique theater experiences using the simplest of ingredients.

    Ready to Climb Aboard? A Few Last ThingsWatchhow the actors use their body movements, facial expressions, plus a range of voices to change charactersand create the feeling of being out at sea.

    Listenhow the songs and music add to the storytelling. Pay special attention to the sounds the instruments make from the creaking of the oars, to the moaning of the ships hull, to the mysterious whale himself.

    Think Aboutthe three main characters in the playAhab, Ishmael, and Starbuck. Compare and contrast their actions and feelings toward one another.

    Createa big story in a small space. Try choosing an epic story or fairy tale and think how you could tell it with only two other people and with little or no props. Practice different ways to show one big scene from the story.

    And rememberYou dont have to be a seafarer to be a good audience memberjust stay seated and quiet, dont eat, turn off your phone and other electronics, and remember to watch, listen, and clap at the end.

    Photo credits: Cover: photo by Oliver Fantitsch; illustration from The Natural History Museum/Alamy.Page 2: Whale FisheryAttacking a Right Whale, New England whaling ca. 1860. Page 3: Oliver Fantitsch.Page 2 and 3: background image from The Natural History Museum/Alamy.Page 4: Talula Sheppard

  • In the 1800s there were eight types of whales commonly hunted for their oil. A whale such as Moby Dick could have measured up to 60 feet in length and weighed as much as 120,000 pounds.

    Moby Dick is a play in one act based on the novel of the same name by American author Herman Melville. It tells the story of the hunt for Moby Dick, an enormous white whale that had bitten off the leg of Captain Ahab on an earlier voyage. The action of the play takes place on a sailing ship based in Nantucket, Massachusetts and on the Atlantic and Pacifi c oceans during the middle of the 19th century.

    Some History FirstFor many centuries, the mysterious whale was an essential part of human life and the global economy. This was mostly because the fatty oil gathered from whale blubber was used to light lamps in the days before electricity. Many whaling ships sailed out of the island of Nantucket, which became a headquarters for sailors bent on catching whales. From there, men journeyed around the world for years at a time, risking life and limb to capture these colossal whales.

    A Great American NovelThe need for whale oil reached its peak in the 1800s, and the whale trade became so popular it prompted many 19th-century authors to write about whale hunting on the high seas. Novelist Herman Melville drew upon his own experiences as a whaler as well as true tales of violent encounters with the gigantic animals to create his 1851 masterpiece, Moby-Dicka powerful story of friendship, ambition, and revenge.

    From Page to StageTheater Triebwerk (pronounced TRIBE-work) transformed Melvilles lengthy novel into a one-act play by reducing the plot and cutting 25 characters down to ten. Three actors combine costumes, simple objects, music, and sound to bring Melvilles story to life. One more thingyou might notice the performers speak English a little differently. Thats called an accent, and they have one because their fi rst language is German, not English.

    What Happens in the Story?On board a whaling ship known as the Pequod (PEA-qwod), a young sailor named Ishmael (ish-MALE) and his fellow seamen struggle to survive a perilous journey on treacherous seas. However, the men soon realize their greatest danger is their vengeful captain, the peg-legged Ahab. As the hunt drags on, Ahab loses all sense of reason and threatens to bring down the whole crew in his attempt to capture the very whale responsible for the loss of his leg.

    Driven by revenge for his lost leg, Ahab orders his men to the boats when they spot Moby Dick.

    A Cast of CharactersHere are some of the plays main characters. Remember, there are only three actors, so be sure to watch how they quickly change rolesand costumes.

    Ishmael, the narrator or storyteller, and sailor

    Ahab, captain of the PequodQueeqweg, (QWEE-qweg) an island native and harpooner

    Starbuck, fi rst mateStubb, second mate

    The Other ActorsA variety of musical instruments help to tell the story, so much so that they have been nicknamed the other actors. Listen for how the sounds of the double bass, cello, and ships bell can add excitement or suspense through original songs and sound effects.

    The Voyage of the Pequod from the book Moby-Dick by Herman Melville.Herman Melville (18191891)

  • In the 1800s there were eight types of whales commonly hunted for their oil. A whale such as Moby Dick could have measured up to 60 feet in length and weighed as much as 120,000 pounds.

    Moby Dick is a play in one act based on the novel of the same name by American author Herman Melville. It tells the story of the hunt for Moby Dick, an enormous white whale that had bitten off the leg of Captain Ahab on an earlier voyage. The action of the play takes place on a sailing ship based in Nantucket, Massachusetts and on the Atlantic and Pacifi c oceans during the middle of the 19th century.

    Some History FirstFor many centuries, the mysterious whale was an essential part of human life and the global economy. This was mostly because the fatty oil gathered from whale blubber was used to light lamps in the days before electricity. Many whaling ships sailed out of the island of Nantucket, which became a headquarters for sailors bent on catching whales. From there, men journeyed around the world for years at a time, risking life and limb to capture these colossal whales.

    A Great American NovelThe need for whale oil reached its peak in the 1800s, and the whale trade became so popular it prompted many 19th-century authors to write about whale hunting on the high seas. Novelist Herman Melville drew upon his own experiences as a whaler as well as true tales of violent encounters with the gigantic animals to create his 1851 masterpiece, Moby-Dicka powerful story of friendship, ambition, and revenge.

    From Page to StageTheater Triebwerk (pronounced TRIBE-work) transformed Melvilles lengthy novel into a one-act play by reducing the plot and cutting 25 characters down to ten. Three actors combine costumes, simple objects, music, and sound to bring Melvilles story to life. One more thingyou might notice the performers speak English a little differently. Thats called an accent, and they have one because their fi rst language is German, not English.

    What Happens in the Story?On board a whaling ship known as the Pequod (PEA-qwod), a young sailor named Ishmael (ish-MALE) and his fellow seamen struggle to survive a perilous journey on treacherous seas. However, the men soon realize their greatest danger is their vengeful captain, the peg-legged Ahab. As the hunt drags on, Ahab loses all sense of reason and threatens to bring down the whole crew in his attempt to capture the very whale responsible for the loss of his leg.

    Driven by revenge for his lost leg, Ahab orders his men to the boats when they spot Moby Dick.

    A Cast of CharactersHere are some of the plays main characters. Remember, there are only three actors, so be sure to watch how they quickly change rolesand costumes.

    Ishmael, the narrator or storyteller, and sailor

    Ahab, captain of the PequodQueeqweg, (QWEE-qweg) an island native and harpooner

    Starbuck, fi rst mateStubb, second mate

    The Other ActorsA variety of musical instruments help to tell the story, so much so that they have been nicknamed the other actors. Listen for how the sounds of the double bass, cello, and ships bell can add excitement or suspense through original songs and sound effects.

    The Voyage of the Pequod from the book Moby-Dick by Herman Melville.Herman Melville (18191891)

  • Presenting Sponsor Performances for Young Audiences

    Cuesheet P

    ER

    FO

    RM

    AN

    CE G

    UID

    EBased on the novel by Herman Melville

    Presented by Theater Triebwerk from Germany

    Hoist sail, raise anchor, and join the hunt for the great white whale! Youre off on an epic sea adventure as one of Americas greatest novels comes to life on stage.

    The harpooner known as Queequeg, who throws barbed spears (or harpoons) at whales, scans the horizon looking for Moby Dick.

    Explore More!Go to KC Connections on ARTSEDGEartsedge.kennedy-center.org/students/kc-connections

    Based on the novel by Herman Melville

    Presented by Theater Triebwerk from Germany

    Presenting Sponsor Performances for Young AudiencesPresenting Sponsor Performances for Young Audiences

    David M. Rubenstein Chairman

    Deborah F. RutterPresident

    Mario R. RosseroSenior Vice President, Education

    Additional support for Moby Dick is provided by The Clark Charitable Foundation; Mr. James V. Kimsey; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; and the U.S. Department of Education.

    Major support for educational programs at the Kennedy Center is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program.

    Kennedy Center education and related artistic programming is made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts and the Presidents Advisory Committee on the Arts.

    www.kennedy-center.org/artsedge

    Cuesheets are produced by ARTSEDGE, an education program of the Kennedy Center.

    Learn more about Education at the Kennedy Center at www.kennedy-center.org/education

    The contents of this Cuesheet have been developed under a grant from the U.S. Departwment of Education but do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education. You should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

    2016 The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

    About Theater TriebwerkFounded in Hamburg, Germany in 1995, triebwerk in German means to work with driving force, and refers to the groups desire to create powerful theater. The company is known for their use of music and the ability to create unique theater experiences using the simplest of ingredients.

    Ready to Climb Aboard? A Few Last ThingsWatchhow the actors use their body movements, facial expressions, plus a range of voices to change charactersand create the feeling of being out at sea.

    Listenhow the songs and music add to the storytelling. Pay special attention to the sounds the instruments make from the creaking of the oars, to the moaning of the ships hull, to the mysterious whale himself.

    Think Aboutthe three main characters in the playAhab, Ishmael, and Starbuck. Compare and contrast their actions and feelings toward one another.

    Createa big story in a small space. Try choosing an epic story or fairy tale and think how you could tell it with only two other people and with little or no props. Practice different ways to show one big scene from the story.

    And rememberYou dont have to be a seafarer to be a good audience memberjust stay seated and quiet, dont eat, turn off your phone and other electronics, and remember to watch, listen, and clap at the end.

    Photo credits: Cover: photo by Oliver Fantitsch; illustration from The Natural History Museum/Alamy.Page 2: Whale FisheryAttacking a Right Whale, New England whaling ca. 1860. Page 3: Oliver Fantitsch.Page 2 and 3: background image from The Natural History Museum/Alamy.Page 4: Talula Sheppard