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Luna and the Gold River Docks

Musical Theater


Book, Music, and Lyrics by Eric Dietz

Direction by Chase Brock

A young killer whale is abandoned in the waters outside the village of Gold River, British Columbia. Nicknamed Luna, the lonely whale's search for human companionship ignites a political war in the small mill town.

For the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation, Luna represents a manifestation of an ancient belief: the reincarnated spirit of their late chief. For the government’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the whale is a bureaucratic nightmare. For the locals, a pet––or a pest. And for a drifting journalist, the story of a lifetime.

Suggested by true events as collected in The Lost Whale by Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm.


The artists after our industry reading of Luna and the Gold River Docks, November 2019 (from left: E Sara Barnes, Jacob Keith Watson, Rob Berman, Joseph Medeiros, Eric Dietz, Stephen Bogardus, Liam Pollock, Chase Brock, Jake Hart, Marcy Harriell, Emiko Dunn, Emily Koch, Denny Dillon, Betsy Wolfe, Tuan Malinowski, Zina Ellis, Brian Cali)

Demo Recordings

THE WHALE Luna with Jamie James.jpg

Photo and video of Luna courtesy of Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm

Demos recorded at MacIntyre Music

Session engineered and mixed by Reed Robins

©2020 by Eric Dietz

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