A Hunt For The 'Moby Dick' Of The Drug Trade

Moby Dick

Photo illustration by Mark Riechers.

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Ricardo Pitts-Wiley is the director and writer of the theatrical production of “Moby Dick: Then and Now,” which re-imagines Melville's tale in a context relevant to its cast — inmates at Rhode Island’s state juvenile correctional facility. In their telling, Ahab becomes Alba, a teenage girl obsessed with revenge for her brother, who was killed by the drug trade — a stand-in for the titular whale.

Pitts-Wiley also contributed to an essay by Henry Jenkins called "Multiculturalism, Appropriation, and the New Media Literacies: Remixing Moby Dick, part of a book called "Mashup Cultures" by Stefan Sonvilla-Weiss.