October 26 - November 10, 2019 in Goodman's Owen Theatre

Around 60 minutes with no intermission

It’s 1492, and the Santa Maria sets sail towards a dangerous New World. In the ship’s dank and diseased belly, a young man with visions of sea monsters and the voice of an angel seeks counsel from a grotesque old physician. But nothing can prepare them for the freedom and salvation—and the prison and damnation—that lies dead ahead.

Recommended for mature audiences.

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  • Rajiv Joseph

    Rajiv Joseph Playwright

  • Robert O'Hara

    Robert O'Hara Director

  • Cheryl Lynn Bruce

    Cheryl Lynn Bruce Maestre Alonso/Maria

  • Richard David

    Richard David Pedro

  • Tim Frank

    Tim Frank Terreros

  • Joe Goldammer

    Joe Goldammer Chachu

  • Kevin Depinet

    Kevin Depinet Set Design

  • Noël Huntzinger

    Noël Huntzinger Costume Design

  • Claire Chrzan

    Claire Chrzan Lighting Design

  • Richard Woodbury

    Richard Woodbury Sound Design

  • Rebekah Heusel

    Rebekah Heusel Production Stage Manager

  • Adam Belcuore

    Adam Belcuore Casting

  • Neena Arndt

    Neena Arndt Dramaturg

  • April Cleveland

    April Cleveland Assistant Director

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