The Caine Mutiny Court Martial

by  Herman Wouk

Full Length Play, Drama  /  19m

"Enormously exciting. It is the modern stage at its best." - New York Daily News

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a court martial has been adapted by the author into suspenseful evening of theatre. A young lieutenant is relieved his captain of command in the midst of a typhoon on the grounds that the captain, Queeg is a psychopath in crisis and commanded the ship and its crew to destruction.

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The Caine Mutiny Court Martial

by  Herman Wouk

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    19m
  • Accolades

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    From Broadway

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a court martial has been adapted by the author into suspenseful evening of theatre. A young lieutenant is relieved his captain of command in the midst of a typhoon on the grounds that the captain, Queeg is a psychopath in crisis and commanded the ship and its crew to destruction. Naval tradition is against him, but testimony eventually reveals a devastating picture of Queeg's mental disintegration.
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Reviews

"Enormously exciting. It is the modern stage at its best." - New York Daily News

Keywords

Politics, War

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Setting: February, 1945. The General Court-Martial Room of the Twelfth Naval District, San Francisco and the banquet room in the Hotel Fairmont, also in San Francisco. 
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

19m
LT. STEPHEN MARYK - a big, powerfully built lieutenant with close-cropped hair.
LT. BARNEY GREENWALD - a lanky lieutenant, his face is stern and abstracted.
LT. COM. JOHN CHALLEE - a well set up lieutenant.
CAPTAIN BLAKELY - a tall, white-haired captain.
LT. COM. PHILIP FRANCIS QUEEG - tanned, natty, erect; the picture of a correct naval officer. He is a short man in his thirties, with scanty hair.
LT. THOMAS KEEFER - a tall, clever-looking officer.
SIGNALMAN THIRD CHLASS JUNIUS URBAN - a little sailor in blues.
LT. (JR. GRADE) WILLIS SEWARD KEITH - a handsome youngster with reddish-blond hair.
CAPT. RANDOLPH SOUTHARD - a dapper, lean officer. Close-cropped head; hard-bitten face.
DR. FORREST LUNDEEN - intelligent, plump man in his fifties; rimless glasses.
DR. BIRD - a good-looking young lieutenant of the intellectual and ascetic type.
STENOGRAPHER
ORDERLY
SIX MEMBERS OF THE COURT
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Cast Attributes

  • All Male

Casting Notes

Casting includes 6 non-speaking roles. All characters wear blues, except GREENWALD, who wears a green flier's uniform.

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Authors

Herman Wouk

Herman Wouk

The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial was first presented at the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara, California on October 12, 1953. It later transferred to the Plymouth Theatre in New York City on January, 1954. It was directed by Charles Laughton.

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