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By Samuel D. Hunter
Directed by Jennifer Sarah Dean

28 JUN — 14 JUL 2024

Approx. 120 minutes with interval
Alex Theatre, St Kilda
1/135 Fitzroy St, St Kilda VIC 3182

MSC Studio is proud to present the Victorian premiere of

The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter. A gripping exploration of isolation, redemption, and human connection.

On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, Charlie hides away in his apartment. Desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, 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.

The Whale CAST

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Adam Lyon


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Skye Fellman


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Melanie Gleeson


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Sebastian Li

Elder Thomas

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Tanya Schneider


PlayWright Samuel D. Hunter

Hailing from Moscow, Idaho, Samuel D. Hunter earned acclaim for his plays A Bright New Boise and The Whale, winning the 2011 Obie Award and the 2013 Drama Desk Award, respectively. His impactful storytelling led to a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship, delving into themes of faith and human connection. Hunter's acclaimed stage production, The Whale, received significant recognition with its cinematic adaptation, earning him a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2023 and clinching two Oscars, including Best Actor for Brendan Fraser.

During my career I have been fortunate enough to be in a real variety of theatrical productions, but the thing that unifies them all is telling important stories. At heart I am a storyteller and after reading this play I immediately knew that it was a story that I wanted to share. 


Charlie’s story is one that is often overlooked. It’s a story of someone who is imperfect, racked with grief and guilt and yet he is striving for connection, redemption and a better future for his daughter. I love that this play isn’t afraid to explore some of the more challenging, complex and conflicting parts of us that are inherently human.


I am excited to be able to share Charlie’s story with Melbourne audiences for the first time here at The Alex Theatre in St Kilda. 

The Whale TEAM

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Jennifer Sarah Dean


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Catherine Elliott

Costume Designer

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Ines Kustura

Assistant Costume Designer

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Michael Mack


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Harry Gill

Set Designer

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Stephanie Watson

Stage Manager

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Jack Burmeister

Sound Designer

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Laura Irish

Assistant Director

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Bridie Pamment

Marketing Co-ordinator

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Kris Chainey

Lighting Designer

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Tyson Garner

Assistant Stage Manager

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