What Lies Beneath
The Tall Ship Wavertree
South Street Seaport Museum
Pier 16, foot of Fulton St.
New York, New York, 10038
Combining song, story, history and movement as we return to live performance, What Lies Beneath is a site-specific and immersive experience aboard the historical Wavertree, built in 1885, and used as a cargo ship before being acquired by the South Street Seaport Museum in 1968. This immersive musical experience invites small groups to travel around the ship’s main deck to hear and see vignettes intended to connect audiences to the complex and tragic stories surrounding American maritime history, both through the enslavement of African people and through novelist Herman Melville’s tragic heroes. From the enticements used to lure Africans into enslavement to Captain Ahab’s final moments of moral reckoning aboard the whaling ship Pequod in Moby Dick, What Lies Beneath is a series of six unique vignettes:
from Amistad composed by Anthony Davis to a libretto by Thulani Davis
composed by Juliana Hall to a libretto by Caitlin Vincent
1619: A SONG CYCLE
(East Coast Premiere)
by Damien Geter
from Billy Budd composed by Benjamin Britten to a libretto by E. M. Forster and Eric Crozier
composed by John Ireland to a poem by John Masefield
World Premiere arrangement by James Davis Jr.
from Riders to the Sea composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams
based on the play of the same name by John Millington Synge
Saturday, August 28th, 2021 at 6pm
Sunday, August 29th, 2021 at 6pm
Monday, August 30th, 2021 at 6pm
Tuesday, August 31st, 2021 at 6pm
Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 at 6pm
Thursday, September 2nd, 2021 at 6pm
General Admission, Suggested Donation -$40
Tickets will go on sale on July 12, 2021 at 12pm Eastern.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- The audience will be divided in half and guided by ushers around the ship to view each of the performance vignettes, coming together for select moments in the program.
- The performance will take place outside, on the deck of Wavertree
- Seating will be provided for all audience members in each performance section.
- Access to Wavertree requires climbing a small set of stairs and an angled gangway.
- The Wavertree is not an ADA-accessible venue.
- Running time: Approximately 75 minutes
- Language: English
- Audience members will be required to provide proof of full vaccination at the entry to the tall ship Wavertree regardless of age. OSO will NOT require testing of audience members. OSO performers, staff, and ushers will all be fully vaccinated.
- Masks are not required for audience members, but encouraged if desired. Ushers and staff will be wearing masks.
- Performers will be unmasked. Audience members will be seated 12 ft away from performers when they are singing.
- High-touch areas will be cleaned regularly, and OSO will provide hand sanitation areas.
- What Lies Beneath will be performed completely outside on the deck of the tall ship Wavertree
- For complete health and safety protocols, click here.
TICKET REFUND / EXCHANGE POLICY
On Site Opera does not offer refunds for ticket purchases for this production. Ticket exchanges are possible with at least 48 hours notice, pending availability.