Blue Whale Variations

May 9, 2021

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Iowa New Play Festival 2021

Blue Whale Variations
By Dakota Parobek

Directed by Ann Kreitman

After the death of her mother, Paula and her father Al struggle to navigate their grief while their neighbors Charlie and Andy adjust to their new home, all under the looming shadow of a mysterious Blue Whale. Utilizing sound, music, and environmental installations, Blue Whale Variations is an investigation of the precariousness of identity, love, and the construction of meaning in the shadow of loss.

This production contains strong language and discussions of death.

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This performance is being presented to an invited audience only.

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This performance is being presented to an invited audience only. Blue Whale Variations will be made available online at a later date.

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