Deadbeats sought for new job opening

The San Francisco Dungeon is now holding open auditions for “dead” bodies to replace a retiring corpse.

“Barry the Body” fake corpse display. Courtesy: San Francisco Dungeon

The San Francisco Dungeon is a live action journey through the Bay Area’s murky past where the audience is part of the show. Guests will see the corpse during the portion of the experience that showcases the Chinatown Plague, where guests will encounter the Rat Catcher along the back alleys of 1900 Chinatown and where quarantined streets hide something even more shocking than infected rats and rotting bodies.

Courtesy: San Francisco Dungeon

Barry the Body has decided to depart from his longtime job as the Chinatown Plague corpse. To fill the vacancy, the attraction is seeking a live person to be the replacement – toe tag not required.

Those dying for the job can submit an audition video via The San Francisco Dungeon website. The candidate should be able to lay still for long stretches of time and remain motionless while passing guests stare.

Applicants must also be able to apply detailed, realistic make-up simulating the effects of the plague of the body. Compensation will be negotiated based on what the new body literally brings to the table.

“Blackout” attraction. Courtesy: San Francisco Dungeon

For those not seeking new employment but are curious, there is still time to experience the limited-time show “Blackout,” a seasonal addition to the Dungeon’s lineup. Visitors are challenged to find their way through total darkness in a haunted maze of gold mines.

The San Francisco Dungeon’s blackout programming runs now through April 22. The attraction will offer extended spring hours and presale tickets starting at $16.99 per person. More at

The San Francisco Dungeon is the first attraction of its kind in North America, bringing to life the stories of the Bay Area from the last 100 years with a full theatrical cast, special effects, gripping storytelling, 360-degree sets, an underground boat ride and the city’s only underground drop ride, Escape Alcatraz. The San Francisco Dungeon is fully-ADA accessible and located at Fisherman’s Wharf at 145 Jefferson Street next to Madame Tussauds San Francisco. The attraction is open 365 days a year. 

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