Irish Actor Connor Lovett Returns to MCLA with "Moby Dick"


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - As part of the MCLA Presents! series, the Gare St. Lazare Players of Ireland will return to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) with internationally renowned actor Connor Lovett in two one-man performances of the great American novel, "Moby Dick," on Thursday, Oct. 4, in MCLA's Church Street Center, and on Friday, Oct. 5, in Pittsfield's Berkshire Museum.

Both performances - co-presented with "Call Me Melville," the City of Pittsfield, and also as part of DownStreet Art - will begin at 8 p.m.

According to the Irish Examiner, Lovett's "Moby Dick" is "A must-see. Lovett holds us spellbound as he captures the humour as well as the wisdom of Melville."

"This is an intensely deliberate, focused piece of work, out of which Melville's writing emerges as the ultimate star of what is a constrained and lovely show," the Sunday Business Post said.

Under the direction of Judy Hegarty Lovett, who is married to the actor and adapted the novel with him, the production consists of nothing more than Lovett himself, a wooden table, and the effects he creates with his voice, face and body.

Building from his deliberately low-key beginning, Lovett channels not just Ishmael, the young sailor who leaves "the good city of old Manhatto'' in search of adventure at sea, but also Captain Ahab, obsessed to the point of madness by his quest for revenge against the great white whale who bit off his leg; Queequeg, the kindly Polynesian harpooner who befriends Ishmael after an initially awkward encounter in a New Bedford inn; Starbuck, the chief mate; and other crew members aboard the Pequod, the doomed whaleship.

Tickets for "Moby Dick" are $10 for general admission. Tickets for MCLA alumni are $8, $5 for staff and faculty, and members and students are free. Tickets may be reserved by calling MCLA Presents! at (413) 662-5204. For more information, (413) 664-8718, or go to presents.

The exclusive housing sponsor of this MCLA Presents! performance is Scarafoni Associates.

MCLA Presents! is a program of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), a collaborative project with Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and the City of North Adams. The BCRC provides professional development training, resources and support to the artists, art managers and creative workers of Berkshire County. Through its multiple programs and presentations, BCRC brings the best of performance and art to the Berkshires and showcases the best of the Berkshires to the world.