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Release Date: 
Monday, November 14, 2022

HFC presents “The Passage” Dec. 1-4

Event Date: 
Thu, 12/01/2022 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Fri, 12/02/2022 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Sat, 12/03/2022 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Sun, 12/04/2022 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Adray Auditorium in the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center (Building F)
A graphic of a giant white whale below tiny boat.
"The Passage," which is a retelling of Herman Melville's "Moby Dick," will play at HFC Dec. 1-4.

The HFC Theatre Arts department will present its first production of the 2022-23 academic year with Robert Lawson’s The Passage Dec. 1-4 in the Adray Auditorium in the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center (Building F) on the main campus.

The performance dates and times will be:

  • Thursday, Dec. 1, at 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 2, at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2:00 p.m.

Purchase tickets here

View the performance program here (PDF)

This will be new HFC Director of Theatre Dr. John Michael Sefel's first production at the College. The Passage is a retelling of Herman Melville’s 1851 novel Moby Dick.

A collaboration with several Fine Arts programs

This production features the work of more than 30 HFC students and features the Theater department’s collaboration with its fellow Fine Arts programs, including:

This production uses music, dance, puppets, and film to tell the tale of Captain Ahab's obsession with the white whale called Moby Dick as seen through the perspective of Ishmael, a young sailor on his first whaling voyage. Unlike Melville's novel, which takes place primarily at sea, this fast-paced play explores the realities of those onboard the whaling ship Pequod, as well as those they leave behind on shore.

Finding a way forward

The Passage is part of a theatre season that Sefel stated is about "learning how to deal with difficult times and move on."

"All three productions this year are based around the struggle of finding a way forward in the midst of great difficulty. In January, we'll be producing Tenderly and 5 A.M. Pancakes, both of which feature college-age characters learning how to deal with COVID-19 and political upheaval. In April, She Kills Monsters features a young woman who finds her strength and her voice after personal tragedy. But first, we begin with Captain Ahab, America's most famous story about a person who refused to move on, and – instead – doomed himself and his crew due to his obsession with the past,” explained Sefel.

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • $12 for general admission
  • $7 for HFC students and HFC faculty/staff with a valid photo ID
  • $7 for senior citizens and students not affiliated with HFC who are under the age of 18

For questions or more information, contact Sefel at