The Titanic Plays

The Goat Exchange presents


by Eugene O’Neill

directed by Mitchell Polonsky

Written in the year following the sinking of the Titanic, Nobel laureate Eugene O’Neill’s enigmatic first plays address one of history’s greatest calamities from the perspectives of its few survivors, floating helplessly in the vast and unforgiving waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Stripped of basic human needs, torn away from civilization and its notions of race, privilege, decency, and justice, O’Neill’s earliest characters struggle to reconcile their disastrous circumstances with their sense of individual identity and social responsibility.

“The Titanic Plays” is an original production combining O’Neill’s one-acts “Thirst" and “Fog" with transcriptions of the senate inquiries immediately following the disaster and the verbatim radio transmissions of the Titanic in its final hours.

THE GOAT EXCHANGE is an experimental theatre ensemble known for radical reinterpretations of classic texts. We try to make the familiar seem strange and the strange seem familiar by combining music, dance, and design to reexamine and rediscover history's most celebrated dramatic works.

Specializing in site-specific work, THE GOAT EXCHANGE has produced full-scale productions in a bar, an art museum, a storage facility, and even a football stadium. We are committed to breaking expectations of site and access in the performing arts by expanding the boundaries of how, where, and for whom performance should occur.

Recent productions include Tennessee Williams’ THE TWO-CHARACTER PLAY at The Bunker Theatre, Sophocles’ ANTIGONE in Harvard Stadium, Georg Büchner’s WOYZECK and Bertolt Brecht’s LIFE OF GALILEO in the Fogg Art Museum, Johann Strauss’ DIE FLEDERMAUS in Agassiz Theatre, Kander and Ebb’s CABARET in The Cambridge Queen’s Head Pub, and Harold Pinter’s THE ROOM in Explosives B.