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A Big Blue Nail

Big Blue Nail
Written by Carlyle Brown
Directed by Loy Arcenas
Jan 25 – March 2, 2008


A phantasmagorical tale that examines explorer Robert Peary’s title as the first man to reach the North Pole. An achievement that obscured the contributions of Matthew Henson, Peary’s African-American cohort who could claim credit for the feat. Now at the end of his life, with the estranged Henson knocking at his door, Peary is swept into a hallucinatory nightmare on the chaotic Polar Sea, the coast of Maine, and the terrifying landscape of his guilt-ridden mind. Ranging from a surreal natural history museum to a carnival parade of dignitaries to a Dickensian visit of the future, A Big Blue Nail is uniquely suited to director Loy Arcenas’ (The Romance of Magno Rubio) theatrical vocabulary. And playwright Carlyle Brown is a major talent whose work has been seen at theaters throughout the country.


Loy Arcenas – Director/Scenic Designer
Meghan Raham – Costume Designer
Robert Milburn and Michael Bodeen – Sound Designers
Jesse Klug – Lighting Designer
Ellyn Costello – Stage Manager


Bethanny Alexander (Future)
Scott Baity, Jr. (Tupi)
Esteban Cruz (Inuit)
Laura T. Fisher (Josephine)
Paul A. Flemming III (Henson)
Joseph Anthony Foronda (Inuit)
Narciso Lobo (Inuit)
Larry Neumann, Jr. (Peary)
Remigio Ortiz (Inuit)