PITTSFIELD -- "VOICES" Theatre Company, in collaboration with Berkshire His torical Society, will present a historic Pittsfield play, "Melville, Haunted," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24-27 at Arrow head, Herman Melville's home and museum, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield.
"Melville, Haunted" will be performed within the context of a Candlelight Tour of Arrowhead. A harvest dessert buffet, presided over by the ghost of Maria Melville, Herman Melville's Mother, will follow the play.
Time and dimensions are fluid in "Melville, Haunted." Herman Melville is bedeviled and beguiled by ghostly visitations not only from his family and friends, but also by characters from his novels -- Moby Dick, Typee, and Pierre. Through a series of ghostly encounters played out against the backdrop of Arrowhead's museum rooms, where Melville really lived and wrote, "Melville, Haunted" explores the inextricably intertwined relationships that existed among Melville, his circle of intimates, and the people he created in his books.
"Melville, Haunted," incorporates original material as well as excerpts from Melville's novels. The play was written and directed by "VOICES" Artistic Director, Sally Filkins. Veteran Pittsfield actor Kevin Paul Wixsom is featured as Herman Melville. Kevin most recently appeared with "VOICES" as Herman Melville in "Melville's Wo men" and "Melvilles and Morewoods." Tony Corbett who portrayed General William Bartlett in "Melville's Women," is Ishmael. Will Demick plays Melville's beloved friend, Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter. Meredith Carty, most recently seen as Harriette Plunkett in "Pitt sfield's "Glory": The Civil War World of Pittsfield, Mass achusetts," is Melville's exotic island love, Fayaway. Josh Carty is Starbuck, First Mate of the whaling ship Pequod from Moby Dick. Sally Filkins plays Melville's sister and transcriptionist, Augusta Melville. Rodelinde Albrecht is Mel ville's mother, Maria Melville. Delaney Ivas is making her debut with "VOICES" as little Fanny Melville. Jameail Hand, last seen as fugitive slave child James in Pittsfield's "Glory," plays The Pequod's mad cabin boy, Pip, from Moby-Dick. Berkshire Historical Society Director Betsy Sherman will lead the Candlelight Tour of Arrowhead. Costumes are by Jane Bove of South Lee. Cindy Hand is stage manager.
Tickets for "Melville, Haunted" -- which includes the Candlelight Tour, performance and harvest dessert buffet -- are $25. The Thursday, Oct. 24 performance is a free preview. As a limited number of people can be accommodated in the museum rooms at Arrowhead, reservations are strongly recommended.