Staged Reading – “Mortal Friends”

By August 23, 2017
September 15, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

A special dramatic staged reading of Mortal Friends will be presented here in collaboration with the Berkshire County Historical Society.  It is the story of the relationship between two American literary titans, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville.

On the afternoon of August 5, 1850, a most unusual literary party tramped up Monument Mountain in the Berkshires of Massachusetts.  Among them were Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville, who met that day for the first time.

Filled with humor, wit, passion and mystery, Mortal Friends is a new play that delves deeply into the nature of friendship and its betrayal, the mystery of creation and the difficult choices all artists must make when the truths found in their work are rejected. The play exposes how the friendship blossomed and provided the inspiration for Melville’s masterpiece, Moby Dick. 

Why their friendship ended as abruptly as it began, less than two years after they met, remains a mystery. The play attempts to shed light on the mystery, while raising new questions about the relationship.

Performed by Chris Tucci as Melville and David Adkins as Hawthorne, Mortal Friends is directed by James Warwick and written by Steven Otfinoski, with scenography by Peter Ling. “Mortal Friends” was first performed at the University of Bridgeport’s Bernhardt Center for the Arts and the National Arts Club in New York City under the auspices of the Theatre Arts Workshop of Norwalk, CT.

Cost to attend is $35.  Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.