Audience Sets Sail for Adventure as Moby Dick Opens

Tania Thompson
 | Feb 01, 2017
Moby Dick Honorary Producers

Honorary Producers Bill and Carolyn Klein, Director David Catlin and Honorary Producer Sandy Segerstrom Daniels at the First Night for Moby Dick.

On Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, South Coast Repertory First Nighters had the chance to go down to the sea in ships—well, one ship in particular, The Pequod—for the west coast premiere of Lookingglass Theatre Company’s Moby Dick.

This reimagined epic adventure of Captain Ahab’s obsessive quest for the White Whale—told through director David Catlin’s adaptation—caught up audience members in the thrill of its theatricality, acrobatics and physical daring, as well as its humor, humanity and heartbreak. The stunning blue cloth of the sea, the eerie and compelling Fates and Sirens of the Sea, the ship’s crew climbing the “mast” and swinging from rigging all came together for a night to remember

After giving a thunderous standing ovation for the performance, the First Night celebration moved to The Plaza Ballroom at The Westin South Coast Plaza (co-sponsor of the Cast Party). First Nighters and other VIPs—including our special guests, Carolyn & Bill Klein and Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, the individual honorary producers for Moby Dick, along with Corporate Associate Producers Haskell & White and Mellon Wealth Management—enjoyed the nautical-themed menu and décor

The seafaring menu included fish sticks with tartar sauce, clam chowder with oyster crackers, flatbread creations and many choices at the pasta station. Delicate miniature desserts, along with cookies and brownies, gave a certain sweetness to the party

At the bar, the popular signature drink was another nod to Captain Ahab’s nemesis: the “Great White Whale,” a mix of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Kahlúa and heavy cream

First Night subscribers will have memories not only of the play, but this joyous after-party

Said Rick Smetanka, partner with Haskell & White: “’Bravo’ for an awesome opening on Friday! It was a terrific show and an enjoyable evening.”

Bill and Carolyn Klein added: “It was one of the most engrossing stories told through the uniquely creative staging and convincing acting we've seen in a long time. It was a real treat to see.”

Honorary Producer Sandy Segerstrom Daniels added: “It is an honor to support the outstanding artistic achievements South Coast Repertory has realized through the years. Moby Dick is but the latest show to confirm my commitment to supporting this important work for years to come. It was breathtaking.”