Theater Close-Up: Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

Air date: 11/26/2018

Theater Close-Up Presents Ernest Shackleton Loves Me, a One-of-a-Kind Musical Adventure, Premiering Monday, November 26 at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN

Valerie Vigoda and Wade McCollum star in this modern romantic epic helmed by Obie Award® winning director Lisa Peterson and written by Tony Award® winner Joe DiPietro


With a unique combination of time travel, adventure, romance and an inventive musical score, Ernest Shackleton Loves Me tells the story of a sleep-deprived single mom who struggles to balance her family and career as a video game music composer.  Late one night, while posting a dating video, she receives an unexpected response from the polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922), one of the most iconic adventurers of the 20th century.  Shipwrecked and stranded on an iceberg in the Antarctic, Shackleton reaches across space and time to share his heroic journey with her. Against all odds, they discover that their greatest inspiration lies within each other.

Notable Talent
Starring GrooveLily’s fierce electro-violinist Valerie Vigoda (Striking 12), and the charismatic Wade McCollum (Wicked), Ernest Shackleton Loves Me is helmed by Obie Award® winning director Lisa Peterson (An Iliad) and features an imaginatively romantic script written by Tony Award® winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis).

The broadcast is directed for television by Emmy Award-winner David Horn, executive producer of Theater Close-Up and acclaimed PBS series Great Performances. The production was originally captured by BroadwayHD.

Short Listing
Experience an inventive adventure about a single mom and her romance with Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Long Listing
Experience a wildly inventive musical adventure about a single mom who gets an unexpected response to her dating video from 20th Century polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, as he reaches across space and time to share his heroic journey with her.

Running Time
90 minutes.

Series Overview
Theater Close-Up is a unique collaboration between THIRTEEN and New York City-area Off-Broadway and regional theaters and shines a spotlight on the best and brightest local productions.

Production Credits
Theater Close-Up “Ernest Shackleton Loves Me” is a co-production of BroadwayHD and THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. Directed by David Horn. For Theater Close-Up: Mitch Owgang is producer; Bill O’Donnell is series producer; and David Horn is executive producer. For BroadwayHD, Bonnie Comley is producer, with  Stewart F. Lane as executive producer.  Executive-in-charge for WNET is Neal Shapiro.

Major support for this presentation of Theater Close-Up is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Elaine and Weldon Wilson and Sharon Sullivan and Jeff Kindler.

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