The Voyage of the Carcass (full-length)

The Voyage of the Carcass (full-length)
by Dan O'Brien

Productions (5)
  • Comedy/Drama
  • 100 - 120 minutes
  • 1 f, 2 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: Flexible: sturdy table, some chairs, many props

The Voyage of the Carcass (full-length)
by Dan O'Brien

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Productions (5)
  • Comedy/Drama
  • 100 - 120 minutes
  • 1 f, 2 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: Flexible: sturdy table, some chairs, many props

Bo'sun Smythe is dead. Trapped in the ice at the North Pole, only three members of the doomed Carcass crew remain: Bane Barrington, buffoonish explorer; Ship's Chaplain Kane, a rector in drag; and Israel, their mute Canadian first mate. Will they make it home alive? First, they'll take a five-minute break, and explore themselves, their roles, and their predicament as the actors Bill, a struggling mime; his wife Helen, erstwhile actress; and Dan, the passive-aggressive puppet-master, i.e. the writer of this play. Weaving commedia dell'arte with theatre verite, The Voyage of the Carcass is a play about dreams, and the aftermath. (A one-act version of this play is also available.)

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Pricing Information

Min. Performance Fee* $80
Standard Edition $9.99
Stage Manager Edition $18.99

*The per performance fee begins at $80. Your per performance fee will be provided during the ordering process.

Play Details

Bo'sun Smythe is dead. Trapped in the ice at the North Pole, only three members of the doomed Carcass crew remain: Bane Barrington, buffoonish explorer; Ship's Chaplain Kane, a rector in drag; and Israel, their mute Canadian first mate. Will they make it home alive? First, they'll take a five-minute break, and explore themselves, their roles, and their predicament as the actors Bill, a struggling mime; his wife Helen, erstwhile actress; and Dan, the passive-aggressive puppet-master, i.e. the writer of this play. Weaving commedia dell'arte with theatre verite, The Voyage of the Carcass is a play about dreams, and the aftermath. (A one-act version of this play is also available.)

  • Comedy/Drama
  • 100 - 120 minutes
  • 1 f, 2 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: Flexible: sturdy table, some chairs, many props

Published Reviews

"At whiplash turns bitter and sweet, Voyage of the Carcass expertly navigates the pitfalls of artistic cannibalism: scavenging from your own life to feed your life's work."

Jessica Winter, The Village Voice

"Hilarious and unexpectedly profound... The Voyage of the Carcass is, for all its tragic plot points, resolutely a comedy: a clown show, really. Bane, Kane, and Israel communicate in dizzy non-sequiturs and when they move it's mostly in slapstick manner... The bottom line: you will be greatly entertained by this play, and you will leave with something genuine to think about. Go see it."

Martin Denton, NYTheatre.com

Production History

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MAR 03, 2010 - MAR 05, 2010
New York University - Gallatin Theatre Troupe
New York, NY United States
New York University - Gallatin Theatre Troupe New York, NY United States
SEP 15, 2004 - SEP 26, 2004
Greenlight Theatreworks
New York, NY United States
Greenlight Theatreworks New York, NY United States
AUG 26, 2004 - AUG 28, 2004
Greenlight Theatreworks
Harrison, ME United States
Greenlight Theatreworks Harrison, ME United States
JUL 01, 2002 - AUG 31, 2002
P. 73 Productions (HERE Arts Center)
New York, NY United States
P. 73 Productions (HERE Arts Center) New York, NY United States
JAN 01, 1999 - JAN 31, 1999
Perishable Theatre (Brown University New Plays Festival)
Providence, RI United States
Perishable Theatre (Brown University New Plays Festival) Providence, RI United States
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JUL 01, 2002 - AUG 31, 2002
P. 73 Productions (HERE Arts Center)
New York, NY United States
P. 73 Productions (HERE Arts Center) New York, NY United States

Awards (1)

Weston Award for Drama, Brown University Graduate Playwrights Program