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The Ahab Inside Me

September 2 @ 7:00 pm

The Forty Hour Club presents

“The Ahab Inside Me”—A High-Seas Blues Opera

Written by Michael Gorman

Directed by Joe Battista

 September 2, 3, & 4, 2022



From acclaimed Maine playwright Michael Gorman of the famed La MaMa Theatre in N.Y.C., comes a NEW ground-breaking Blues Opera and epic tale of addiction, obsession, and recovery.

In a tale that stretches across generations and ancients—lost mariners, lost souls, lost lives—“The Ahab Inside Me” is a provocative and challenging new musical theater production that explores the traumatic impact of a fatal overdose on a fishing family and the inspiring efforts of the community to address the destructive roots of addiction.

Written by Michael Gorman and directed by Joe John Battista (Artistic Director of The 13th Street Repertory Company in NYC), this thrilling production will incorporate original live music and song (with full blues/rock band), spoken word, dramatic performance, commentary choruses, community participation, and more—to restore connections lost or frayed by the compound crises of the opiate epidemic and COVID. The work draws inspiration from Melville’s Moby Dick and Ahab’s obsessive pursuit of the White Whale.

Performers will include community members of all ages, from both the theater and recovery communities, as well as professional actors, singers and musicians from Maine, New York City, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and California.

The Ahab Inside me will premiere at the historic Colonial Theater in Augusta—a theater undergoing a “rehab” of its own and where a renewed effort is underway to restore the theater and bring it back to life for the cultural and economic benefit of Augusta.

The production is supported by a Project Grant from The Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, and is part of the on-going project Chasing The New White Whale—Harpooning Addiction—a performance-based Art & Advocacy model created by the playwright and his production company The Forty Hour Club—a collective in independent artist’s dedicated to bringing awareness to the issue of opiate addiction in the commercial fishing community of New England and beyond.

The production is being staged in recognition and celebration of National Recovery Month, a National observance held every September to educate Americans about substance use disorder and treatment.

Come join us at the historic Colonial Theater in downtown Augusta for this exciting production and event!



LOCATION: Colonial Theater, 139 Water Street, Augusta, ME 04330


 Friday, Sept. 2nd @ 7:00 pm

(with community talkback featuring leaders from the Addiction and Recovery community, as well as the playwright and performers in the show).

Saturday, Sept. 3rd @ 7:00pm

 Sunday, Sept 4th @ 3:00pm

(with community talkback featuring leaders from the Arts community, as well as the playwright and performers in the show).

 TICKETS: $25 suggested donation, per person. (or pay-what-you-can)

Ticket proceeds directly support the production and the project “Chasing The New White Whale—Harpooning Addiction

And…$1 of every ticket sold helps support the restoration of the historic Colonial Theater!

The Forty Hour Club relies on Grassroots donations to help bring our productions to communities in need. Your support is greatly appreciated!

More Information: www.fortyhourclub.com



September 2
7:00 pm
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