Written by Michael Gorman
Co-directed by Michael Gorman and Dave Bennet
Staged by George Ferencz
Synopsis: An epic tale that follows the fate of legendary New England fishing captain Robby Foerster and his boat "The Northern Star". After a fatal first encounter with heroin—the "Great White Whale" of the modern fishing community--Robby falls deeply into addiction. The play explores the role of myth and storytelling as both sustaining and destructive forces in a Northeast coastal fishing community, engaging the audience in a dramatic critical debate as to what extent tragedy, held to be inherent in the fishing community, might be avoidable.
"Mike Gorman is a wonderful, iconoclastic, fascinating playwright who has been working at La MaMa for more than two decades. I first got to know Mike when I saw his marvelously titled play 'The Honor and Glory of Whaling' which is actually about the high rates of drug addiction among fishermen in Mike's native state of Maine."