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Rinde Eckert’s “And God Created Great Whales” Is a Haunting, Thrilling PlayMakers Theater Experience
Before “And God Created Great Whales” even begins, Nathan — the central character portrayed by the play’s creator and composer Rinde Eckert, sits at a piano, fiercely scribbling onto music paper, shifting and sorting, erasing and rewriting. Eckert ferociously portrays Nathan as a man determined to create an opera based on “Moby-Dick.” The problem is, he has a degenerative mental disease that slowly eats away at his memories and his ability to create.
PlayMakers Repertory Company will present the OBIE Award-winning musical drama “And God Created Great Whales,” created, written, and composed by Rinde Eckert, on Jan. 9-13 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. The New York Times has saluted Eckert as “an American loner — eccentric with touches of Bertolt Brecht, Samuel Beckett, and Tom Waits.”