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The audience is confined onboard with the crew of the Pequod as this new version of "Moby-Dick" focuses on the contagious nature of obsession. Evolving from our highly physical 2006 adaptation, this production reaches beyond the story of Captain Ahab to capture the shifting currents of the novel itself. Melville's prose mixes with movement and miniature ships as a trio of percussionists propel Ahab's obsession with the white whale to its fateful conclusion.

The Building Stage exists to create original theatrical events that celebrate, mourn, explore, and question our world and ourselves. Serving as both a neighborhood theater and a cultural destination, we seek to combine an entertaining, approachable experience with unique and challenging artistic products. We aspire to contribute to the evolution of the modern theater as we rediscover the vital role that theater can play in American cultural life.

The Building Stage works from pre-existing sources that reflect the world we live in. We transform those sources through rehearsal, creating on our feet, with no separation between play and production. This process allows us to highlight the rapport that is created between performers and audience in the space and time of performance. Our pieces do not simply tell narrative stories; instead, they play with the boundary between poetry and prose, engaging the mind as well as the emotions, stirring the imagination as much as the senses.

For the first time, after six years of producing on a project-by-project basis, The Building Stage will present a cohesive four-show season. Also, as part of our evolution, each play will unfold within the context of a larger event. So come join us as we celebrate, mourn, question, and explore together over the course of ten months.

adapted by the building stage
from the novel by Herman Melville
conceived and directed by Blake Montgomery
with original music by Kevin O'Donnell
September 15  October 30, 2011

"Charles Dickens Begrudgingly Performs 'A Christmas Carol.' Again."
created by the building stage
loosely based on the life of the author and his most performed text
featuring Blake Montgomery as Dickens
November 17  December 24, 2011

"Hänsel und Gretel"
created by the building stage
conceived and directed by Blake Montgomery
inspired by the classic story and its variations from
The Brothers Grimm to the opera by Englebert Humperdinck
February 25  April 15, 2012

"Life is a Dream"
by Pedro Calderon de la Barca
in a new adaptation by the building stage
performed in an "outdoor setting" inside the building stage
May 5  June 24, 2012



The Building Stage (View)
412 N Carpenter Street
Chicago, IL 60642
United States

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Arts > Theatre

Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: The Building Stage
On BPT Since: Sep 23, 2007
Building Stage Box Office
(312) 491-1369

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