The Whaleship Essex
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Based on first-hand accounts, this play tells the story of the ship that inspired Melville's Moby-Dick and the tragedy it faced on November 20, 1820, when it was sunk by an enraged sperm whale in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The production weaves together the historic whaling story with a modern-day tale of a quest for oil.