Theatre Professor's Play Premieres

Poster of iceberg and flowing water


Wesley Savick, associate professor of theatre at Suffolk University, wrote, directed and composed the music for Waters Rising, which he calls a "distractical" with music.

The production, at the National Theatre of Allston, follows the hilarious and hallucinatory journey of five friends who travel to five American towns named Delphi. As they search for the sacred oracle who will reveal the fate of the planet and themselves, they are blinded by distractions, terrorized by delusions and possessed by pungent country music. 

Waters Rising features a reenactment of Ancient Greek Vernal Orgiastic Rites, live music performed by The Dell Phives and a theatrical set that actually melts in front of your eyes.  While “An Inconvenient Truth” made global warming an undeniable political issue, Waters Rising strives to make it an unforgettable mythological experience.

The cast includes Suffolk students and graduates. Featured players are Nael Nacer, Hannah LaDouceur, Alex Pollock, Molly Kimmerling, and Brian Anastas.

Playwright, composer, director

Savick has served as artistic director of both the internationally acclaimed experimental company Theatre X in Milwaukee and the Drama League of New York’s Directors Project, as well as artistic associate of Chicago’s Organic Theatre and resident guest director of the DARTS/Subaru Theatre in Tokyo, Japan. 

He is a resident director at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, where he directed the award-winning premieres of Permanent Whole Life, Matter Familias, The Glider, Monticel’, The Blowin of Baile Gall and Walker.  He recently directed the world premiere of Robert Brustein’s Spring Forward/Fall Back at Theatre J in Washington DC. 

Savick has directed or acted in more than 60 professional productions nationwide and has written, co-written or adapted 14 plays, two of which were nominated for Best New Play Awards from the National Theatre Critics’ Association.  Last year, Savick wrote, directed and produced Shouting Theatre in a Crowded Fire based on the writings of Howard Zinn. 


8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, through Dec. 17
Boston Playwrights Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave.
Box office: 617-358-PLAY (7529), 


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