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Photos: THE WHALE's Opening After Party

The Playwrights Horizons' production of The Whale, the New York premiere of a new play by Obie Award winner Samuel D. Hunter (A Bright New Boise), opened last night, November 5 at 7PM at Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 West 42nd Street). Check out photos from the opening night after party below!

The Cast of The Whale features Theatre World Award winner Cassie Beck (The Drunken City and Prayer for My Enemy at PH, The Norman Conquests), Reyna de Courcy (Burning), Tony Award and Obie Award winner Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma!, Sweet and Sad, Young Frankenstein), Tasha Lawrence (Wilder, Wilder, Wilder; Good People) and Cory Michael Smith (The Shaggs at PH, the current Cock).

On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a six-hundred pound recluse (Mr. Hensley) hides away in his apartment eating himself to death. Desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter (Ms. de Courcy), he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Big-hearted and fiercely funny, The Whale tells the story of a man's last chance at redemption, and of finding beauty in the most unexpected places.

Writing in The Denver Post on the World Premiere of The Whale at Denver Center Theatre in January, Ray Mark Rinaldi called it, "A rich night of theater. Very much a play of today and audiences ready to engage the times should understand its rewards."

The production features scenic design by Mimi Lien, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Jane Cox and sound design by Fitz Patton. Production Stage Manager is Alaina Taylor.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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Patricia Clarkson

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Maulik Pancholy

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Shuler Hensley

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Cassie Beck

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Cory Michael Smith

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Tasha Lawrence

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Reyna de Courcy

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Playwright Samuel D. Hunter

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Playwright Samuel D. Hunter & boyfriend

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Director Davis McCallum & Playwright Samuel D. Hunter

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Director Davis McCallum

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Shuler Hensley

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Shuler Hensley & Patricia Clarkson

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Reyna de Courcy & Cory Michael Smith

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Artistic Director Tim Sanford, Playwright Samuel D,. Hunter & Director Davis McCallum

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Cassie Beck, Tasha Lawrence, Davis McCallum, Samuel D. Hunter, Reyna de Courcy, Cory Michael Smith and Shuler Hensley

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Cory Michael Smith, Reyna de Courcy, Shuler Hensley, Tasha Lawrence & Cassie Beck

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