Full Length Play, Drama
Winner! 2013 Lucille Lortel Award, Best Play
Winner! 2013 Drama Desk Special Award for Significant Contribution to Theatre
Winner! 2013 GLAAD Media Award, Outstanding New York Theatre
Nominee! 2013 Drama League Award, Outstanding Production of a Play
Nominee! 2013 Outer Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
Nominee! 2013 John Gassner Award, Oustanding New American Play
On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a six hundred pound recluse hides away in his apartment eating himself to death. Desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Big-hearted and fiercely funny, The Whale tells the story of a man's last chance at redemption, and of finding beauty in the most unexpected places.
CHARLIE - Early to mid forties, male, weighing around 600 lbs.
LIZ - Mid to late thirties, female.
ELDER THOMAS - 19, male.
ELLIE - 17, female.
MARY - Early to mid forties, female.
"Riveting...An impassioned and arresting clash of minds and emotions. I was glued to the stage...Equally dynamic and horrifying." - New York Observer
"Vibrant and provocative...Hunter explores his material with sharp-eared skill and sensitivity." - Village Voice
"Extraordinary. As he did in his breakthrough play A Bright New Boise, Hunter has constructed an outsize, gothic scenario in tender miniature." - New York Magazine
" Wonderful...You feel as if you’ve met real people, made of flesh and blood" - New York Post
"Compelling, funny, and unexpectedly impactful...No holds barred." - Associated Press
"FOUR STARS. A deeply affecting and piercingly amusing play by Samuel D. Hunter...Leaves an emotional wallop in its wake." - New York Daily News
"CRITIC'S PICK. FOUR STARS. Sharp and funny...Harrowingly good, endowing [its main character] with wit and dignity." - Time Out New York
"Samuel D. Hunter is a highly promising writer worthy of Playwrights Horizons’ typically excellent attention." - New Jersey Newsroom