Melville Event Cancelled
Sep 10, 2019
*THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED*
Coming to the MAC Stage - ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Saturday, September 28 at 7:30pm
Herman Melville - Sailing Towards my Father
written and directed by Carl A. Rossi
Performed by Stephen Collins
Sailing Towards My Father is a one-man play about Herman Melville (1819-1891), the American author best known for his whaling epic Moby-Dick. The play chronicles Melville's life from youth to old age, concentrating on his evolution as a writer and his complex relations with God, his parents and siblings, wife and children, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Stephen Collins first joined the MAC Stage as Walt Whitman, battling Emily Dickinson (Annemarie Fredericks) in the Poetry Knockout! during ArtWeek 2019 at the MAC. Collins grew up in Cambridge and received a BA in Literature from UMass Boston. After twenty plus years in a sales career, he is back doing what he truly loves - performing and teaching. Recently he has been teaching seminars on Whitman, Hardy, Shakespeare, Frost, and Contemporary Poetry at various locations. Stephen first performed Sailing Towards my Father at Arrowhead, Pittsfield MA, where Herman Melville wrote Moby Dick. Prior to Melville performance, Stephen performed as James McNeil Whistler in another play by Carl A. Rossi, entitled, "Butterfly". He also works as a professionally licensed tour guide doing narrated historical tours of Boston. His Whitman performances have taken him all over the country. He now has eight one-man shows and seven courses where his teaching style has been described as a hybrid between lecture and performance.