On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a six-hundred-pound recluse hides away in his apartment and slowly eats himself to death. 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.
Winner - Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play
Winner - Drama Desk Special Award for Significant Contribution
Winner - GLAAD Media Award
Jason is thrilled to be returning to Actors’ Theatre after a nearly 14-year span (in Lobby Hero in 2004). He is equally thrilled to FINALLY be working with Fred on this production. Jason has been an actor in Grand Rapids since 1987 when he appeared as Eugene in Civic Theatre's production of Brighton Beach Memoirs at age 16. Jason has been in many productions here in town, last being seen in Circle Theatre's production of To Kill a Mockingbird in August.
Emily is thrilled to be appearing on the Actors’ Theatre stage in a play (her previous two roles at Actors' being in the musicals If/Then and Heathers: The Musical). She has previously appeared in The Last Five Years as Cathy (University Wits at Dog Story), The Addams Family (Morticia, Circle Theatre), It Shoulda Been You (Jenny, Circle Theatre), Ragtime (Mother, Civic Theatre), and other productions around town.
Jason J. Flannery is a Grand Rapids area theatre artist, as well as an alumnus of Grand Valley State University's theatre program, and Lindenwood University's Master of Fine Arts Degree path. With over a decade's experience in collegiate and professional theatre, he has developed and dedicated his skills in acting, directing, and design in over 35 productions. As a director, he has lead productions such as the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation's touring Victors of Character, St. Charles Community College's black-light adaptation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Lindenwood University's 2016 production of Macbeth. This is his first production with Actors' Theatre Grand Rapids.
Madeline Jones is thrilled to be making a quick return to the Actors' Theatre stage. You may have most recently seen her performing on the Actors' stage as Elena in this seasons’ If/Then or last seasons’ Hand to God as Jessica/Jolene. Maddie first began her community theater career back in 2009 through Magic Circle at Circle Theatre where she, in recently seasons, had the joy of portraying Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family Musical (Grand Award nomination) and Judy in Perfect Wedding (Grand Award winner). Some other of her favorite theatre credits include: Stoner Chick in Heathers: the Musical (Actors' Theatre), Isabella Orsini in A Sleeping Country (College Grand Award nomination) and Clara Makin in The Hatpin (College Grand Award Winner).
Claire is a newcomer to Actors’ but not to Grand Rapids. Some favorite roles include Joanna in Mavis (The Residents Company in Chicago), Jean in Good People (Civic Theater), Dotty in Noises Off (University Wits, Shadblow Theater), Aphra Behn in [exit mrs. Behn] and Bethesda in Feminine Tragedies on Grecian Themes or The Scorpio Play, both by Christopher Van der Ark, and the Duke of York in Richard II (Pigeon Creek Theater Co.) She is a member of Funny Girls and a board member of Dog Story Theater.