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Len Jenkin

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KRAKEN explores the true-life encounter between legendary American novelists Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1856. Melville, in the midst of a spiritual journey to the Holy Land, stops to visit with his old friend Hawthorne, now the American consul in Liverpool. As they spend the evening together, they discuss and confront their, fears, failures, things of this world and the next, books and publishers, and all possible and impossible matters.

Production Info

Cast: 8 total (3 female, 5 male)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Multiple Sets
Period Costumes

Press Quotes

“Len Jenkin not only has a vivid imagination, but he also has an artist’s command of his craft.” —New York Times

“Len Jenkin has an unusual talent for reaching into shadowy places in the human psyche and coming up with evocative images.” —Journal American (Seattle)

“Jenkin’s plays have plenty of plot and delicious language, but the transience of experience is the main theme that runs through Jenkin’s work. He manipulates theatrical illusions with a playful manner that recalls Jorge Luis Borges, to disguise meditations on mortality.” —Village Voice (New York)

About the Author


  • Len Jenkin

    Len Jenkin is a novelist, playwright, director, and screenwriter. His novels include N Judah, New Jerusalem, and The Secret Life of Billy's Uncle Myron (with Emily Jenkins). Plays include DARK RIDE, PILGRIMS OF THE NIGHT, CARELESS LOVE, MY UNCLE SAM, LIMBO TALES, THE DREAM EXPRESS, and LIKE I SAY. His works for the stage have been produced throughout the United States, as well as in England, Germany, France, Denmark, and Japan. His films include Blame It on the Night, Welcome to Oblivion, and American Notes. He has received many honors and awards, including three Obie awards for directing and playwriting, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Award, a nomination for an Emmy Award, and four National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. Mr. Jenkin holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from Columbia University. He's a Professor in the Dramatic Writing Department, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and lives in New York City.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 4/16/2008
Pages 80
ISBN 9780881452983

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Originally produced by Todd Mountain Theater Project

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Kraken is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC