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Ahoy, Shakespeare: B&B stages 'Moby Dick, Rehearsed'

It’s going to be a whale of a show.

In an entirely new twist on a very old story, Bag & Baggage Productions will present “Moby Dick, Rehearsed” from March 3 through 20 at the Venetian Theatre, 253 E. Main St. in Hillsboro.

The play follows a Shakespearean company meeting to begin rehearsals for a production of “King Lear.” The director enters and hands out scripts for a new play titled “Moby Dick.” As the actors take up their new roles, the theater is transformed from a simple rehearsal area into the yardarms, sails, masts and deck of the ship that is hunting the great white whale.

The production is based on Orson Welles’ 1955 rehearsal experiment at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London.COURTESY PHOTO: CASEY CAMPBELL PHOTOGRAPHY - Bag & Baggage Productions will present a new twist on an old story with 'Moby Dick, Rehearsed,' on stage March 3 to 20 in Hillsboro.

In a twist on traditional casting of the role, director Scott Palmer elected to cast a woman — Kymberli Colbourne — as Ahab. Bag&Baggage is the first company in history to receive permission from the Welles Estate to cast the lead role of Captain Ahab as a woman, continuing the company’s long history of giving women artists access to iconic dramatic and literary roles traditionally played by men.

Shows from Thursday to Saturday begin at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Tickets range from $20 to $30 depending on age and seating areas, and can be purchased online at bagnbaggage.org.