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Stephen J. Collins, Herman Melville: Sailing Towards My Father

Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM | Members' Room | open to the public | $20 per person | registration required

Sailing Towards My Father is a solo play about Herman Melville (1819-1891), the American author best known for his whaling epic Moby-Dick. The play chronicles Melville’s life from youth to old age, concentrating on his evolution as a writer and his complex relations with God, his parents and siblings, his wife and children, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Stephen J. Collins grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts and received a BA in Literature from UMass Boston. He teaches seminars on Whitman, Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, Robert Frost, and contemporary poetry at locations throughout the Boston area and also works as a professionally licensed tour guide there.

Sailing Towards My Father completes a double feature; at 3:00 PM on October 6, Mr. Collins presents his solo show about Walt Whitman. Registration is separate for the two plays; attend either or both.

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