Moby Dick

Moby Dick

October 12 to October 30, 2016 | On the Alliance Stage

Contains: Adult situations. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

"...a triumph of grand theatrical imagination, deep thought, superb acting, and eye-popping, ingeniously deployed physical daring..."
—Chicago Sun-Times review of original Lookingglass Theatre Company production

Melville’s classic tale of man’s obsessive battle against nature comes to life in “a triumph of grand theatrical imagination, deep thought, superb acting, and eye-popping, ingeniously deployed physical daring” (Chicago Sun-Times). Bold trapeze and acrobatic work turn this seafaring American classic into a thrilling experiment in aerial storytelling. Set sail for an epic adventure with Captain Ahab and his crew in this harrowing quest for the great white whale. From Lookingglass Theatre Company (Lookingglass Alice), see the jaw-dropping production that delighted Chicago audiences, young and old.  


Originally produced by Lookingglass Theatre Company in association with Actors Gymnasium in Chicago. This is a co-production with Arena Stage and South Coast Repertory.

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Cast & Crew


  • Fate/Innkeeper
    Kelley is delighted to make her Atlanta debut with Moby Dick. Chicago credits include Moby Dick and Peter Pan: A Play with Lookingglass Theatre, 42nd Street and... read more »
  • Ishmael
    Jamie is honored to make his debut at the Alliance with this production of Moby Dick. Recent Chicago theater credits include Moby Dick and Peter Pan at the Lookingglass... read more »
  • Starbuck/Father Mapple/Dr. Bunger
    Walter is making his Alliance debut. Lookingglass credits: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The North China Lover. Chicago credits: Hit the Wall (Steppenwolf),... read more »
  • Fate/Crone
    Cordelia is very excited to come to the Alliance stage. The Chicago-based actress received her degree in theater from Northwestern University and can be seen in a recent... read more »
  • Ahab
    Christopher is honored to make his Alliance debut. New York credits include Dogeaters, Measure for Measure (Public/NYSF), The Notebooks of Leonardo DaVinci (Second... read more »
  • Cabaco/Captain of New Bedford Whaling Ship
    Micah is happy to make his Alliance debut. Micah is a Chicago-based actor, choreographer and director. Chicago credits: Moby Dick, Lookingglass Alice (Lookingglass... read more »
  • Fate/Widow
    Kasey has been performing, singing, directing and producing in Chicago since 2004. She has worked with such Chicago-based theater companies as Lookingglass Theatre,... read more »
  • Stubb/Captain Boomer/Captain Gardiner
    Raymond is happy to make his Alliance Theatre debut. He has acted with numerous companies in Chicago, regionally and in Canada (Stratford Festival) including Blood... read more »
  • Queequeg
    Adeoye is thrilled to make his Alliance debut with this Lookingglass production. Previous Lookingglass credits: Lookingglass Alice, The Little Prince, Peter Pan, Icarus... read more »
  • Mungun/Circus Captain
    Javen is thrilled to return to the stage with the creative production of Moby Dick. His circus career has given him the opportunity to work with such companies as... read more »


  • Stage Management Apprentice
  • Adaptation for the stage
    David is a founding ensemble member of Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company, recipient of the 2011 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. David adapted and... read more »
  • Aerial/Acrobatic Choreographer
    Sylvia has been an Artistic Associate of Lookingglass Theatre Company since 1999, winning three of her four Joseph Jefferson Awards for choreography with the company.... read more »
  • Stage Manager
    Mary is honored to return to the Pequod with this incredible group of artists after working on the original production at Lookingglass Theatre in 2015. Other... read more »
  • Lighting Design
    William is thrilled to be setting sail with Moby Dick at the Alliance, in addition to the further adventures at Arena Stage and South Coast Repertory. Recent... read more »
  • Novelist
  • Set Design
    Courtney is thrilled to give Moby Dick another voyage at the Alliance Theatre. Design credits include Moby Dick and The Little Prince (Lookingglass Theatre); Julius... read more »
  • Costume Design
    Sully is grateful to be a part of such an inspiring project. Gratitude to David and the team for including her in this great work. She is a recent graduate from the... read more »
  • Rigging Design
    Isaac has rigging design credits that include Moby Dick (Lookingglass Theatre, Jeff Award); Marnie and Phil: A Circus Love Letter, Circuscope and Magical Exploding Boy (... read more »
  • Sound Design & Original Music
    Rick has composed and designed sound for numerous Chicago area theaters including Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, Congo Square, Writers Theatre, Lifeline, Griffin, Chicago... read more »
  • Assistant Stage Manager
    Jayson is proud to return to the Alliance Theatre! He has had the pleasure of working on Alliance productions such as The Geller Girls; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark;... read more »


  • Director
    David is a founding ensemble member of Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company, recipient of the 2011 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. David adapted and... read more »


  • Understudy for Ahab/Stubb/Captain Boomer/ Captain Gardiner/Ishmael/Starbuck/Father Mapple/Dr. Bunger/Cabaco/Captain of New Bedford Whaling Ship
    Chris is a company member at The House Theatre of Chicago, where he regularly writes and performs. With Nathan Allen and Jake Minton he has co-written The Sparrow (Jeff... read more »
  • Understudy for Queequeg/Mungun
    Matthew was last seen in Lookingglass Theatre’s Treasure Island. Other credits include Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure at Chicago Children’s Theatre,... read more »


Dinner & Show: Lure & Moby Dick

Wed, Oct 12 through Thu, Oct 27

Moby Dick: Dinner & Show gift card package

Wed, Oct 12 through Sun, Oct 30

Audience Feedback


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In an effort to cater to the busy theatre patron with the full schedule, here are five reasons why you should strongly consider spending an afternoon or evening on the Pequod.

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The Alliance Teen Ensemble has the opportunity to see and review each production during the season. See their responses to "Ugly Lies the Bone."



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