Opening night of our regional premiere production of The Whale is tomorrow! This big-hearted and fiercely funny new drama packs an emotional knockout, and is capped by incredible performances from some of the finest talent in our community. Here’s what it’s about:
On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a 600-pound recluse hides away in his apartment and slowly eats himself to death. Given one week to live by his in-home nurse, and desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Are seven final days enough time to mend a broken family and heal a broken man?
Since it’s just one day until The Whale goes live, we thought we’d spend the days we have left introducing you to our cast and crew, by asking them what they’d do if they had only one week to live. Next up, an actress making her Renegade stage debut, Agatha Pokrzywinski!
If you had one week to live, where would you go?
I would spend my last week outside. I would sit by Lake Superior and swim in it, no matter how cold. I would go on a whole lot of hikes around Duluth, take in the autumn splendor, and have picnics in places with quality vistas. If I could skip the 16 hour plane ride I would visit Shanghai, China a city that I hold near and dear to my heart.
If you had one week to live, who would you spend it with?
My mother, father, brother, and my lovely dog Cora. Along with a few of my oldest friends and Harry Potter.
If you had one week to live, what would you eat?
A lot of goat cheese, dark chocolate coated ginger, pesto, good bread with olive oil and balsamic, tempeh ruebens, lates, raspberries, beets, pine nuts, peppermint bon bon ice cream, carrot cake, green beans, kale, chocolate chip cookies, biscotti from Trader Joe’s, bruschetta, waffles, and pumpkin bread.