Joe versus the Volcano is a fable which opens with somewhat surrealistic scenes of the dehumanization of Joe Bank's job and work environment (at a company whose product rather literally screws people) with imagery that seems to have been inspired by the classic film Metropolis. Joe is diagnosed with an incurable disease, quits his dehumanizing job, and accepts an offer to briefly "live like a king, die like a man" - but to fulfill his agreement he must willingly jump into a live volcano on the island of Waponi Woo in order to appease the volcano god. En route to the island, Joe meets a series of interesting characters in NYC and LA, then boards a yacht, captained by Patricia Graynamore. During the voyage Joe and Patricia survive disaster, fall in love, and finally arrive at the island where they face their destiny. Written by
An Average Joe. An Adventurous Comedy.
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Did You Know?
The mask worn by the Waponi who is representing the evil spirit resembles the factory where Joe used to work. See more
When Joe sits on the beach all night and the sun rises in the morning, the light casts onto Joe from the bottom up, rather than the top down as would be expected naturally. See more
We are the children of children and we live as we are shown.
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Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Jerome Kern
Performed by Ray Charles
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