From Tony-winning director Jerry Zaks and Tony-winning writer John Guare, Nantucket Sleigh Ride opens Off-Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater’s Mitzi Newhouse Theater March 18, having begun performances February 21.
The production features Tony and Emmy winner John Larroquette, Tony nominees Will Swenson and Douglas Sills, Clea Alsip, Tina Benko, Adam Chanler-Berat, Jordan Gelber, Germán Jaramillo, Grace Rex, and Stacey Sargeant.
Though “Nantucket Sleigh Ride” is an old whaling term (referring to sailors racing across the ocean on harpooned whales), Guare’s play takes place far from the Arctic waters. Larroquette plays a New York playwright-turned-venture capitalist trying to remember the events that occurred on an island three decades prior. His quest leads him to an unexpected whirlpool involving a giant lobster, Roman Polanski, a pornography ring, Walt Disney, Jorge Luis Borges, and more.
The production marks the reunion of Guare, Zaks, and LCT—where previous collaborations The House of Blue Leaves and Six Degrees of Separation premiered.