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Poor Herman

July 27, 2024

Herman Melville’s great-great-great granddaughter, Austin playwright Elizabeth Doss, uses the author as a subject to speculate on the line between utter genius and epic failure in us all. Poor Herman unearths the life of Herman Melville, who arguably wrote America’s best and worst novels back-to-back in 1850 and 1851.  The production considers what compelled Melville, struggling to salvage his declining reputation while trying to feed a growing family, to write a virtually unreadable book, Pierre or the Ambiguities, in the aftermath of Moby Dick’s initial failure with critics and readers. The play gives voice to the unsung people in his life, chiefly his mother, wife, sisters, and daughters who each contributed to his fame and flourishing and endured his decline and demise. While hindsight now celebrates his achievements, this production will investigate what it cost him to make history.

Performances:

July 26 – 28th
and
July 31 – August 3rd

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Details

Date:
July 27
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost:
$10 – $45

Venue

Berkshire County Historical Society
780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, 01201
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Phone
413 442 1793
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Organizer

Berkshire County Historical Society
Phone
413 442 1793
Email
melville@berkshirehistory.org
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