Director Wendy Ward and cast members Robbie Wiggins and Kate Sheffield discuss the show with Frank Stasio on WUNC's The State of Things. LISTEN HERE!
IN 1899 a ship carrying passengers from Southampton to Guernsey hit the Casquets and sank in 8 minutes. While some of the 190 passengers survived many men, women and children perished at sea. I Wish You A Boat is based on their story and pays homage to our own ancestors who made the perilous journey across the Atlantic to come to the land of the free. Deeply moving and strangely uplifting, I Wish You A Boat is a tender retelling of a horrific tale.
Built from newspaper articles, primary source interviews and shipping log entries from the era, as well as improvisational rehearsal processes.
“I Wish You A Boat was every bit as successful at making us feel sadness and love as Jacuzzi was at making us feel uneasy and creeped out.” – Beau Clark
“I Wish You A Boat was simply phenomenal. I walked away feeling as if I had witnessed a private performance put on by A List actors.” – Nikki Love
“So very glad my friends and I attended I Wish You A Boat. Please do not pass up the opportunity to see these amazing performers in future productions. Ward Acting Studio is destined to raise the standard of live theatre in our area.” - Becky McKee
"We just discovered another hidden gem in Durham. I Wish You a Boat was so moving, so emotional. A huge round of applause to the entire cast. Thank you. We will be back!" - Wendy Warley Cohen
"I attended I Wish You a Boat on its opening night and was blown away. All of the performances were superb; the staging was so creative; and the story had me locked in from start to finish. I had no idea what to expect when I arrived- the non-traditional setting caught me a little off guard. But damn, if this wasn't among the best theatre-going experiences I've had. I wasn't just entertained; I was inspired. A truly remarkable piece of work. Bravo to all involved." - Stuart Smith
"This work deserves a much larger audience. This company deserves to be swelling with pride."
Richard Aumiller, Former Theater Director/Professor Duke University
"One of the best shows I’ve seen in ages; extraordinarily original, wonderful acting, direction and design."
June Stein, Faculty, Columbia Film School
"It was superb! I can't even say how beautiful, nuanced, and powerful the show was. The show stayed with me after I left the studio, and I keep thinking about it...the whole ensemble was so accomplished."
Paul Batsel, Web series Floaters
"When I walked into the theatre, I tried hard to imagine how this group could successfully put on a show in such a small space. After seeing it, I realized that it was the perfect room for the content of the show; so close and intimate, it made you feel like a fly on the wall. It is a wonderful production, and I would recommend it highly."
Lana Shaw, New York
"One of the best shows I've seen in ages... The whole thing was a real masterpiece."
Vicki Hirsch, Kings County Shakespeare
"... a theatrical gem... beautiful and unforgettable."
Janet Johnson, Connecticut
"I'm not sure I've ever experienced such raw, visceral, and vicarious emotion as I did while watching 'I Wish You A Boat'. This play may redefine the concept of original theater; simply a must see."
-- John Mallinen, Philadelphia