Nantucket Sleigh Ride

Name: Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
Address: 150 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023
Production Information
First performance date: February 21, 2019
Opening date: March 18, 2019
Closing date: May 5, 2019
External Links: Official Website

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Production Description
Nantucket Sleigh Ride is a new work in the classic John Guare style: urbane, funny, literate and off-beat -- with its finger right on the pulse. And a racing pulse at that! For those not up on their 19th century whaling slang, a “Nantucket Sleigh Ride” is literally a wild ride: a harpooned whale would sometimes drag a ship full of whalers on a crazy desperate course, often for miles, as it thrashed and flailed trying to escape its captors.

Guare takes us on just such a voyage with Mundie, a playwright turned New York stockbroker, who ventures from Manhattan to Nantucket island one day on a surreal errand. He gets mixed up with a giant lobster, Roman Polanski, a pornography ring, Walt Disney, stranded children, a murder, and Jorge Luis Borges to name a few. The action takes place in both the present day, and in a memory-filled excursion to the 1970s, because, in Guare’s universe, the standard rules of time and space delightfully don’t apply.
Opening Night Credits

Production Credits
Person/Company Credit
Lincoln Center Theater Producer
John Guare Playwright
Mark Bennett Original Music
Mark Bennett Original Music
Jerry Zaks Director
Stephen Edlund Associate Director
Dave Anzuelo Fight Director
David Gallo Set Designer
Emily Rebholz Costume Designer
Howell Binkley Lighting Designer
Mark Bennett Sound Designer
J. Jared Janas Wig, Hair & Make-Up
Viveca Gardiner Assistant Set Designer
Isabelle Coler Associate Costume Designer
Kate Bashore Associate Lighting Designer
Charles Coes Assistant Sound Designer
Brittany Hartman Associate Wig & Makeup Designer
Jessica Niebanck General Manager
Matthew Markoff Company Manager
Philip Rinaldi Press Representative
Wes Haskell Assistant Company Manager
Janet Takami Stage Manager
Karen Evanouskas Assistant Stage Manager
Paul Smithyman Production Manager
Allison Mantilla Prop Master
Daniel Swee Casting

Actor Role
Clea Alsip She/Elsie
Tina Benko Antonia/Alice
Adam Chanler-Berat Poe
Jordan Gelber Gilbert
Germán Jaramillo Jorge Luis Borges
John Larroquette Mundie
Grace Rex Lilac
Stacey Sargeant Secretary/Aubrey Coffin
Douglas Sills Dr. Harbinger/Schuyler/Walt Disney
Will Swenson McPhee
Jack Berenholtz McPhee UNDERSTUDY
Chris Hoch Gilbert/Dr. Harbinger/Schuyler/Walt Disney UNDERSTUDY
C. David Johnson Mundie/Jorge Luis Borges UNDERSTUDY
Steven Lee Johnson Poe UNDERSTUDY
Lexi Lapp Lilac UNDERSTUDY
Amy Lynn Stewart Secretary/Aubrey Coffin/Antonia/Alice/She/Elsie UNDERSTUDY