Posting Date: April 24, 2013
Saiah's production of "Moby-Dick" receives stellar reviews
Production features the work of KSU Professor John Gentile and many students and alumni
Saiah's production of "Moby-Dick"
Photo by Shannon Goodman
ArtsATL recently published a stellar review of local theatre company Saiah's current production of "Moby-Dick." Adapted for the stage by KSU Professor of Performance Studies John Gentile, "Moby-Dick" is described as a "don't miss" show.
"I am particularly attracted to texts, like "Moby-Dick," that involve humanity's relationship with a transcendent, numinous reality," Gentile says of his adaptation. "A Melville scholar told me after seeing the production that I captured 'its essence'; that was very gratifying, as was hearing from people who had always been intimidated by the novel. Once they saw the production, however, they eagerly returned to read it—and to discover it as one of their favorite novels."
Gentile's adaptation of "Moby-Dick" was first presented as a staged reading at KSU in 2004 and a fully-staged production in 2008. It subsequently won the top award for "Best Performance" at the Casablanca Theatre Festival in 2009 and Gentile won the College of the Arts Foundation Prize for the adaptation in 2010.
Saiah's production of "Moby-Dick" has many ties to KSU's Department of Theatre and Performance Studies (TPS), with Gentile as adaptor and many KSU students and recent alumni acting in the show. Actors in the show include Phillip Justman, Andrew Puckett, Briana Brock and John Tucker, all recent TPS alumni; and Johnny Boddie, Nathan McCurry, Joseph Pendergrast and Grant McCloud, current TPS students.
Saiah is a local arts organization, founded in 2011, whose purpose is to "exchange ideas and knowledge creatively, impartially and without barriers, in a positive and profitable environment." For more information about Saiah and to purchase tickets to "Moby-Dick," visit Saiah's website here.
To read the ArtsATL review, click here.