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July 20 – August 6, 2021
Peter and the Starcatcher
A Play by Rick Elice
Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Music by Wayne Barker
Directed by Lynne Bolton
The Neverland you never knew.
There was a whole lot of adventure before Peter met Wendy! In this Tony Award-winning best play of 2012, a brave girl leads a band of orphans to thwart a notorious pirate in this imaginative prequel to the classic Peter Pan. With its gorgeous music, an incredible ensemble of actors playing over 100 characters both familiar and new, and performed outdoors at the Oldest House on Sunset Hill, audiences of all ages will be entranced by a delightful evening of theatre. Join us under the stars and fly back to Neverland. Way back.
August 9 – September 2, 2021 (in Rep)
By Richard Dormer
Directed by Michael Kopko
A mid-life crisis a half-hour before curtain.
The “Half” is the 30 minutes in the dressing room before the curtain rises, which feels like an eternity for one actor about to perform his one-man Hamlet for the first time. The show must go on, but can he? White Heron is proud to offer the North American premiere of this delightful comedy of an ambitious performer taking on this great Shakespearean play – and a lot of personal demons.
August 13 – September 5, 2021 (in Rep)
See Monsters of the Deep
By Mark Shanahan and Steve Pacek
Directed by Mark Shanahan
Sometimes it’s good to rock the boat.
Hang on to your seat for a true-ish Nantucket mystery! The quiet, unassuming Morton Plank is haunted by his child memory of a boating accident that occurred under uncanny circumstances. He sets out on his boat named “Courage” to face his fear and discover the truth and becomes a part of Nantucket history. This world premiere blends innovative theatricality with first-class storytelling to create a performance full of magic and fun.
November 25 – December 4, 2021
A Nantucket Christmas Carol
Adapted by Mark Shanahan
from Charles Dickens
Directed by Graydon Gund
Let the holiday spirits light your way.
The spirit of the island meets the spirits of the holidays! The whale oil trade has made Ebenezer Scrooge a wealthy man, but islanders know him better for his hard heart and miserly ways. The apparition of his partner, Jacob Marley, and the three spirits of Christmas visit to remind him that “mankind is his business.” This clever weaving of the beloved tale with Nantucket history creates a wholly original experience for the whole family.
WHITE HERON RADIO THEATRE
In theatre we have a tradition. Whenever the stage goes dark between performances, we always like to leave a single light burning in the house until the curtain can rise again. We call it – a “ghost light.” And until we can all meet once more at White Heron, we’re pleased to offer you something we like to call our Ghost Light Series. Our first series is adapted and directed by Mark Shanahan from Blue Balliett’s book Nantucket Ghosts, 44 True Accounts. Performed by White Heron’s award-winning actors. Original music, sound design and audio production by John Gromada.
Ghost Light Series
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|A Trip Across the Sound|
From the Archives of the Inquirer and Mirror
Told by Lynne Bolton
|A letter to the editor of Nantucket’s hometown newspaper, dated August 1942. While crossing the Nantucket Sound on the ferry to Nantucket, a reader reports a strange and unexplainable sighting among the passengers aboard.|
|A Shaker Rocker|
Told by Drew McVety Whistle
Featuring Steve Pacek, Alexandra Kopko and Catherine Shanahan
|Restoring an old Nantucket house means getting to know it intimately. For one couple, pulling up floorboards and tearing down wallpaper reveals the history of their new home’s original owner- a whaling captain who left his name hidden in unexpected places throughout the house. In some ways, his presence is still very much felt, as if he never left the house. Then again, maybe…he didn’t.|
Featuring Michael Kopko, Ciaran Byrne and Sandra Shipley
|After a difficult year battling personal demons, Martin James returns to the Nantucket guest house he visited as a boy, hoping to recapture the happy days of his childhood. But when he stumbles across a mysterious relic on the beach, James accidentally summons a terrifying vision which grips him with fear… and may never let go.|
Inspired by the short story “O Whistle And I’ll Come To You, My Lad”.
|A Little Girl|
Told by Marina Morrissey
|James Parker is the best electrician on Nantucket Island. That’s why he was chosen to install the alarm system at the house on Mill Street. And yet, the alarm keeps going off, without explanation. But, Parker knows that there are some things which lurk just beneath the surface that can’t be explained. He saw something at that house. What it was, he cannot say. But it was there. Every parent wants to help a child in need. But when that child only appears from the beyond, things become a whole lot more complicated.|
TODOS TENEMOS UNA HISTORIA: EVERYONE HAS A STORY
In the spring of 2021, we recorded our fellow Spanish speaking Nantucketers. We are delighted to share their stories of immigrating to Nantucket with you for the first time in this new podcast series.
Audio production by John Gromada.
Co-producer Maria Partida.
Made possible with a project grant from the Mass Cultural Council