FROM SHIP TO SHAPE
SAILS HOME TO
BAY STREET THEATER
MONDAY, JUNE 10, 7 PM
Under the direction of Academy Award and Emmy-winning producer and director Milton Justice, FROM SHIP TO SHAPE is the winner of two 2017 United Solo Theatre Awards, (Best One-Man Musical and Best Direction), and a 2018 Sarasolo Award (Best Actor).
When 23-year-old performer Walker Vreeland took a job as a lead singer for
Norwegian Cruise Lines in 2003, he could never have imagined the voyage that
lay ahead. Boarding the Bermuda-bound ship would precipitate a mental
breakdown so severe, he would wind up months later at Johns Hopkins
Hospital’s Mood Disorder Psychiatric Ward. FROM SHIP TO SHAPE is a
tragicomic autobiographical monologue about one young man’s struggle with
mental illness in today’s world. It’s about losing your mind while chasing your
dreams, the relentless pursuit of healing and how a cruise ship can push you
over the edge.
“FROM SHIP TO SHAPE is a humorous cautionary tale,” says director Milton
Justice. “The good news is, Walker is standing in front of us on stage so we know
he did okay. And what he’s recounting for the audience is the journey that got him
Developed with Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominated director
Scott Schwartz, who is Bay Street Theater’s Artistic Director, FROM SHIP TO SHAPE made its world premiere at Bay Street Theater’s New Works Festival in 2016. Schwartz described the monologue as “entertaining and thought provoking, an exploration of our dreams and aspirations: how we achieve them and what it does to us when we can’t.”
Since its New York run, FROM SHIP TO SHAPE has toured the east coast
extensively, including several special performances at mental health
as an act of survival, a way to make sense of the experience. Today, I look
forward to spreading its message of hope and resilience, one audience at a
What People Are Saying About The Show:
illness, in which sanity surfaces in unlikely places.” –Newsday
“FROM SHIP TO SHAPE is a journey worth taking.” – Local Theatre NY
“Hilariously presented with true grit and humility.” – Hamptons.com
“Mr. Vreeland’s openness and raw honesty within ‘From Ship to Shape’ brings his
audience one step closer to a world free of the stigma surrounding mental illness.
The subject matter is universal.” —Southampton Press
Walker Vreeland is an award-winning monologist and radio personality,
producer, writer, actor, singer and voice over artist. As a radio personality, he is
best known for having hosted The Afternoon Show on 102.5 WBAZ-FM on Long
Island, and as the creator and host of the podcast Interview with the Artist where
he has interviewed such stars as Cyndi Lauper, Joy Behar, Betty Buckley, David
Brenner, Sally Struthers, James Frey, Paula Poundstone, Cheech Marin, Sandra
Bernhard and Jane Krakowski. He’s also been heard on 92.9 & 96.9 WEHM on
Long Island, 103.9 WFAS in Westchester, NY, 96.7 ‘The Coast’ in Norwalk, CT
and WEBE 108 in Bridgeport, CT.
As an actor and singer, Walker has worked extensively in theater, film and television. Off-Broadway: FROM SHIP TO SHAPE (2017 United Solo Awards for Best One-Man Musical and Best Direction of a Musical). Other New York theater credits include: Little Women (with Deborah Gibson & Elaine Stritch), Just So Stories (Theaterworks USA), and the award-winning musical revue Our Life & Times (Winner of 1999 MAC and Bistro Awards). Touring: FROM SHIP TO SHAPE, Just So Stories, A Christmas Carol, Phantom. Films: Sex Farce, Thinking Out Loud, and A Beautiful Mind. TV: Beat (Amazon Prime).
Walker is a graduate of Walnut Hill School for the Arts, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Connecticut School of Broadcasting. From 2013 to 2016, Walker was voted #1 Personality in the Hamptons (Platinum Award) by Dan’s Papers.
Milton Justice is an Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning producer and director. Broadway Producer credits include: Tennessee Williams’ Vieux Carre (world premiere). Off Broadway: Vanities (with Kathy Bates), Das Luscitania
Songspiel (with Sigourney Weaver). Film: Down and Out in America (Academy
Award for documentary), Losing Chase (directed by Kevin Bacon and starring Helen Mirren) Television: The Bob Hope Show, Nobody’s Child (starring Marlo Thomas) Wanted: the Perfect Guy (with Ben Affleck) and the documentaries When Women Kill and What Sex Am I? for HBO. Los Angeles directing credits include: O’Neill’s A Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Shaw’s Misalliance, Vaclav Havel’s A Private View, Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr. Sloan, Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, and The Day I Stood Still. The Company’s efforts were rewarded with seventeen Los Angeles Local Critics’ Awards and national GLAAD nomination. A celebrated acting teacher, Milton was mentored by the legendary Stella Adler who selected him to be Artistic Director of the theatre company, based out of her Los Angeles Conservatory. Milton has taught at Yale, NYU/Tisch, Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand and for a year he was Dean of the Institute of Creative Arts in Seoul, Korea. His former students include Mark Ruffalo, Sean Astin, Kyra Sedgwick, Chris Carmack, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek – to name a few. Currently he’s teaching at Five Towns College.
Tickets are $35-$45 in advance and are on sale now at baystreet.org or by calling the Box Office at 631-725-9500. The Box Office is open Tuesday- Saturday 11 am – 5 pm or until show time.
Bay Street Theater and Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is a year-round, not-for-profit professional theater and community cultural center which endeavors to innovate, educate, and entertain a diverse community through the practice of the performing arts. We serve as a social and cultural gathering place, an educational resource, and a home for a community of artists.v
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