A powerful drama aimed at the heart of modern America

Synopsis

At six hundred pounds, Charlie has hidden himself away in his small apartment. Isolated and hungering for redemption, he desperately tries to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter before it’s too late. As he eats his way into oblivion, his life intersects with a lonely nurse and a mysterious young Mormon missionary, all of whom seek grace and human connection – and discover that beauty and kindness come in unexpected forms. Marking Artistic Director Freddie Ashley’s return to the stage after a four-year absence, Actor’s Express will close the season with what is certain to be the most talked-about theatrical event of the spring.

FOUR STARS. Leaves an emotional wallop in its wake. New York Daily News
Riveting...An impassioned and arresting clash of minds and emotions. New York Observer
Lean, raw and vital... Chicago Tribune
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    Freddie Ashley, Agnes Harty. Photo by BreeAnne Clowdus.

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    Freddie Ashley. Photo by BreeAnne Clowdus.

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    Freddie Ashley, Kyle Brumley. Photo by BreeAnne Clowdus.

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    Freddie Ashley, Tiffany Porter. Photo by BreeAnne Clowdus.

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Cast & Creative Team

Running Time

2 hours with a 10 minute intermission

Content Advisory

Contains adult language and situations.

Performances

Director's Rough Cut
May 13 at 8 pm

Previews
May 14 & 15 at 8 pm

Opening Night
May 16 at 8 pm

Regular Performances
May 17 - June 14
Wednesdays - Saturdays at 8 pm
Sundays at 2 pm

From the audience

From the Critics

"What’s best about The Whale is its cast, which is without a doubt among the strongest ensembles in an Atlanta show in years." artsatl ArtsATL Andrew Alexander,
"...nothing may prepare you for Ashley’s fairly astonishing performance as Charlie..." Atlanta-Journal-Constitution The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Bert Osborne,
"It features five actors in the most powerful and pitch perfect acting of any play I’ve seen this year, and if you care about riveting, in-your-face theatre, you cannot miss it." atlanta-intown Atlanta INtown Manning Harris,