The Elephant and the Whale

The year is 1919, and it’s the end of an era for a beloved circus elephant named Ella. When a nefarious new owner takes over the homegrown Hoogebeck Family show, Ella the star elephant discovers an unexpected new animal in the circus: a landlocked and homesick baby whale. What happens next is a unique story of friendship and adventure spanning species, rivers, railroads and nautical miles. Told through mechanical objects, panoramic paintings, and shadow puppets.

Redmoon and Chicago Childrens’ Theater

Co-director with Frank Maugeri

Writer Seth Bockley

Winter 2013

Ruth Page Theater, Chicago
Chicago Cultural Center, Yates Gallery, Chicago
National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago

The Broadway Armory, Chicago
South Shore Cultural Center, Chicago