The Whaleship Essex and its crew met with tragedy on November 20, 1820, when it was sunk by an enraged sperm whale in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Based on first-hand accounts, The Whaleship Essex is an epic, ensemble tale of survival. Infused with authentic sea chanteys, The Whaleship Essex revels in the common language shared by both the theatrical and the nautical worlds. 


  • Shattered Globe Theatre's production of THE WHALESHIP ESSEX is receiving rave reviews in Chicago! Visit our Production History page for more.
  • Playwright Joe Forbrich will be joining the captain and crew of the 19th-century whaleship Charles W. Morgan as a 38th Voyager during the ship’s historic voyage this summer!
  • The Martha's Vineyard Playhouse will be presenting it's production of THE WHALESHIP ESSEX in June 2014 as the inaugural show on the newly renovated Patricia Neal stage.  Click here for more info!
  • THE WHALESHIP ESSEX completed 12 successful developmental showcase performances in March 2014.  Visit our Cast & Creative and our Production History pages for information.