The dynamic downtown theater company Naked Angels, under the leadership of new Artistic Director Liz Carlson, presents the World Premiere of SeaWife, a new folk concert play co-created by Seth Moore (The Man With America Skin) and indie-folk rock sextet The Lobbyists. SeaWife has a limited summer engagement, through July 19, at South Street Seaport Museum’s Melville Gallery (213 Water Street) in New York’s historic South Street Seaport district.
Part play, part concert, and part environmental experience, SeaWife is a modern theatrical event that envelops its audience in a dark original tale marked with romance, tragedy and spirits on the high seas. Audiences will be invited to raise a glass of ale as they are transported through an adventure of epic proportions following Percy, a young sailor bred within the golden age of the American whaling industry, as he journeys through port cities and sea vessels in search of a greater glory than killing leviathan. From haunting folk ballads to rhythmic bluegrass melodies, SeaWife features an original score that weaves lush harmonies and folk instrumentation to create a unique acoustic sound, performed by actor-musicians Tommy Crawford, Eloïse Eonnet, Alex Grubbs, Will Turner, Tony Vo and Douglas Waterbury-Tieman (“The Lobbyists”) with Raymond Sicam III.
“I am beyond thrilled that, for my inaugural production as Naked Angels’ Artistic Director, we are able to bring this riveting piece of theatre to life within a most iconic and fitting venue,” said Carlson, who also directs. “SeaWife is an intimate, richly atmospheric work that draws from the fascinating world of the 19th-century whaling industry – so it was our dream from day one that this piece would find its physical home within that same world. South Street Seaport is our city’s most remarkable historic district, and with its current revitalization campaign following Hurricane Sandy, we are honored to be a part of the movement to reestablish the extraordinary energy and activity the Seaport held for so many centuries.”
Developed by Carlson within Naked Angels’ 3-Step Formula, SeaWife features a rising-star creative team including Set Designer Jason Sherwood (Goodspeed’s Circus in Winter; Broadway’s Living on Love – Assoc.), Costume Designer Loren Shaw (Restoration Comedy), Lighting Designer Jake DeGroot (Here Lies Love – Assoc.) and Sound Designer Dave Sanderson (Hand to God – Assoc.), with puppet design by James Ortiz (The Woodsman), prop design by Samantha Shoffner and visual art by Kate Lehman & Travis Schlat.
SeaWife will play Tuesday through Sunday at 7:00PM.* Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at BrownPaperTickets.com. *No performance July 4, additional late-night performance at 11:00PM on July 3.