ONE WEEK TO LIVE with the director of “The Whale!”



Opening night of our regional premiere production of THE WHALE is less than one week away! 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 less than one week 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, a director who has worked on some of our favorite productions, Julie Ahasay!


If you had one week to live, where would you go?

I would head for the Boundary Waters, get in a canoe and try to die in the middle of the lake very late at night as I watched the Northern Lights.

If you had one week to live, who would you spend it with?

I would want Lane Ellis right there with me. And our cats, even though I would die knowing they hated me for making them float around in a canoe.

If you had one week to live, what would you eat?

I would eat walnuts, kalamata olives, vine-ripened tomatoes and popcorn.

And whiskey. Lots of it.


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