Melville… On the Light Side
MELVILLE. . .ON THE LIGHT SIDE, a new play by J. Peter Bergman and Herman Melville
In a teacher’s lounge at a small college five men and women meet to discuss Herman Melville, his life and his work. In examining their favorite subject they bring life to excerpts from his works, including “Moby-Dick,” “Pierre,” “Bartleby, the Scrivener,” Israel Potter,” “Billy Budd,” “Redburn,” “I and My Chimney,” poems from “Weeds and Wildings,” “Battle-Pieces, “Bridegroom Dick” and a narrative poem recently attributed to Melville. The voyage of discovery exposes the less psychological, less gloomy side of the author providing a more human and humane look at his generous output. The performances are over, but we hope to bring this play back in the future.