The Whaleship Essex – NOW CLOSED


The first show of our 2014-2015 Season is now open. See what the critics had to say below.

For more info and to purchase tickets click here.

Chicago Tribune Hottest Ticket – Friday, September 12th:

“A genuine magnum opus, a full-throated adventure epic replete with enough passion and production values for you to feel a bit of the spray of the open seas.”

-Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“Highly Recommended…

A thrilling, vividly physical Midwest premiere by Shattered Globe”

– Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

“… a thrilling play of epic proportions. Staged by prolific, talented Chicago director Lou Contey, utilizing energetic pacing, stylized movement, actor-generated rhythms, sea shanties and hymns sung by a vibrant cast of 15, Forbrich’s play becomes much more than simply an exciting adventure at sea. The story offers obvious parallels between early 19th century America’s unquenchable thirst for oil and today’s unending need for energy. Ecological and ethical questions are raised in this haunting, disturbing, sometimes humorous tale of survival and heroism. The production is supported by the magnificent talent and artistry of its primarily-female creative team.”

-Colin Douglas, Chicago Theater Review

“I definitely believe THE WHALESHIP ESSEX is see-worthy!”

-The Fourth Walsh

“It’s all delivered with stunning, you-are-there particularity in Lou Contey’s enthralling adventure epic. Book your passage now.”

-Larry Bommer, Stage and Cinema

“An epic tale told with great physical & emotional force.”

– tweeted by Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

“You’d be hard pressed to see a finer ensemble that this dedicated cast. This show is worth seeing.”

-Tom Williams, Chicago Critic

The Whaleship Essex, directed by Lou Contey, performed by the Shattered Globe ensemble is an artistic and literary delight, thrilling performances make every character someone you would like to know well as they play out an unforgettable story.”


“…some of the richest language happens to be the most technical—cooking blubber, nautical navigation and harpoon throwing all get borderline scientific, even romantic descriptions. Under Contey’s direction, none of it overshadows Ensemble-wide, it’s a thoughtful, often dashing real-life adventure that shines new light on the evermore famous the human drama at the center of it all, even in such a large cast.

Ensemble-wide, it’s a thoughtful, often dashing real-life adventure that shines new light on the evermore famous fiction it inspires.”

-Time Out Chicago

“Riveting theater that tells a harrowing tale”

-Jonathan Abarbanel, Windy City Times

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