A Big Blue Nail

A Faustian tale that examines explorer Robert Peary, whose fame as the first man to reach the North Pole obscured the contributions of Matthew Henson, his African American cohort who could rightfully claim the title. Now at the end of his life with the estranged Henson knocking at his door, Peary is swept into a surreal nightmare on the chaotic Polar Sea, the coast of Maine and the terrifying landscape of his guilt ridden mind.

Cast & Crew

first presented at Victory Gardens Theater in 2008

Written by Carlyle Brown
Directed by Loy Arcenas


Anthony Flemming III as Matthew Henson
Larry Neumann, Jr. as Peary
Laura T. Fisher as Josephine
Bethanny Alexander as The Future
Scott Baity, Jr. as Tupi
Esteban Cruz as Inuit
Joseph Anthony Foronda as Inuit
Narciso Lobo as Inuit
Remigio Ortiz as Inuit


Loy Arcenas – Scenic Designer
Meghan Raham – Costume Designer
Robert Milburn – Sound Designer
Michael Bodeen – Sound Designer
Jesse Klug – Lighting Designer
Ellyn Costello – Stage Manager