The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter St., will host a staged reading of “The Honor and Glory of Whaling, Part II: The Chase” by playwright Michael Gorman Saturday, June 10, at 7 p.m. Tickets are by suggested donation — $15; $10 for CMCA members — and may be purchased online at or at the door.

An epic tale that follows the fate of legendary New England fishing captain Robby Foerster and his boat The Northern Star, “The Honor and Glory of Whaling” is the title play in a three-part series that deals with the issue of addiction and recovery in New England's commercial fishing industry. In approaching the subject, Gorman drew upon his own observations and experiences while living and working on the Penobscot Bay island of Vinalhaven. He now splits his time between Maine and New York City, where he is the newly appointed playwright in residence at the world-renowned La MaMa Theater.

After a fatal first encounter with heroin — the “Great White Whale” of the modern commercial fishing community — Robby falls deeply into addiction. The past becomes the present and, in a delusion, Robby and his boat become Ahab and the Pequot and lead the audience on a thrilling chase to kill the white whale … and rid the town of the drugs that are threatening to destroy it.

The trilogy, for which “The Honor and Glory of Whaling” is the second in the series, also includes “Ultralight” and “If Colorado had an Ocean,” all of which have been published by Indie Theater Now and produced independently in New York at La MaMa.

Gorman began his playwriting career at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., where he graduated with honors and received a degree in literature. His other productions include “How and Why I Robbed My First Cheese-Store” (2011), “The Poet and the Lumberjack” (2009), “Death by Joinery” (2006), “Counting Coup” (2002), “Single Action Shotgun” (2001) and “A Funny Old Bird” (1998). He is founder and director of The Forty Hour Club, a theatrical production company.

CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events and educational programs for all ages.  For more information, call 701-5005 or visit the website.

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