Samuel D. Hunter’s award-winning and critically acclaimed new play, The Whale, opens tonight at The Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Fall, NY last night as part of The Adirondack Theatre Festival’s 2014 season. The production is directed by Kristen Van Ginhoven.
Charlie, a 600-lb man is slowly eating himself to an early grave. His caretaker and friend, Liz, has been trying to get Charlie to see a doctor for years, to no avail. Charlie teaches online writing courses from his Idaho apartment; his weight keeps him isolated from the physical world outside. His daughter, Ellie, a teenager who’s pushing against the adults in her life, suddenly shows up at his door. So does Elder Thomas, a young Mormon on his two-year mission. Charlie deals with more than weight issues; issues from his past have brought him to a crisis in the present.
We are joined now by two actors from the production, Timothy Carter who plays Charlie and Brenny Rabine who plays Liz.