“Shipmates, God has laid but one hand upon you; both his hands press upon me.”

Written by James Armstrong

Directed by Dev Bondarin


  • Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 7:00pm

Language: English

Location: IATI Theater: 64 East 4th Street, NYC 10003

Website: FaceBook Event


This unique adaptation of Herman Melville's classic story Moby-Dick uses only four actors, one playing Ishmael, the others playing a variety of characters, from Captain Ahab, to Queequeg, to Starbuck and Stubb.  Utilizing simple props and costumes, the play draws the audience into the world of the Pequod and its ill-fated voyage to hunt the illusive White Whale.

The play begins with a cacophony of voices in the head the narrator, Ishmael, who embarks on a trip to Nantucket to sign up for a whaling voyage.  He encounters the monomaniacal Ahab, whose passion stirs his own soul, even as Ishmael realizes the foolishness of the captain's quest.  The play ends with Ishmael's rescue.  The captain who pulls him from the water asks Ishmael to recall his story, and we find ourselves back at the beginning again.

About the Playwright:

James Armstrong grew up in Pensacola, Florida, where he became one of the founding members of the Northwest Florida Young Playwrights Society. The Society produced several of his early plays, including Muddin' in Chumuckla, now published by Eldridge Plays and Musicals, and To A Steed, recently published in the literary journal Arts & Letters. His plays have been performed by such theatres as The Attic Ensemble (The Four Doctors Huxley), the Abingdon Theatre Company (Foggy Bottom), the Epiphany Theater Company (A Christmas Carol), and Playwrights Forum (The Metric System). New York audiences have seen the premieres of a number of his short plays, including The New Mrs. Jones, Searching for Saint Anthony, When Ladies Go A-Thieving, The Mysteries of the Castle of the Monk of Falconara, Corpse, The True Author... Revealed, and Housekeeping, as well as The Rainbow, which premiered at the American Globe Theatre and will be included in the forthcoming anthology The Best American Short Plays: 2012-2013. His play Meucci's Message is slated for a production by Sundog Theatre this summer, and his musical for young audiences, Keep on Walkin', with songs by Lavell Blackwell and Joshua H. Cohen, recently won the Anna Zornio Children's Theatre Playwriting Award and will be produced in 2015 by the University of New Hampshire. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and holds an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie-Mellon University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Theatre at The Graduate Center of City University of New York. You can keep up with him at


Montgomery Sutton*
Gordon Stanley*
Richard Dezmond*
Doug Rossi

*Member of AEA

Access to the Reading:

$5 suggested donation–the wine is on us.