Music and lyrics by Dave Malloy
Directed by Liz Fisher
October 11 - November 1, 2019
Featuring Sarah Marie Curry, Nathan Daniel Ford, Shane Satterfield, and Megan Tabaque.
Ghost Quartet is a happily haunted musical about love, death, and whisky. We listen in as four friends drink and spin yarns about two fairy tale sisters, a tree house astronomer and a lazy evil bear, a subway tragedy and the ghost of Thelonious Monk. As the evening winds on and glasses empty, we realize the narrative threads are interweaving into a centuries-long tale of encounters with the otherworldly. Ghost Quartet seductively pulls at our desire to believe in ghosts and subtly asks us why these stories continue to endure and multiply in the human imagination.
Composer Dave Malloy, Tony-nominated createor of the Broadway hit Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, draws inspiration from a number of spooky stories - Snow White and Rose Red, Edgar Allan Poe's "Fall of the House of Usher", Arabian Nights and others - as well as a variety of musical styles, including gospel, folk ballads, honky-tonk anthems of heartbreak, electropop, doo-wop and jazz.
In the news
“A rich, dark, creepy, intriguing, fully rewarding night of entertainment... such a wonderful, engaging work of theatrical and storytelling art that you want to tell everybody about it.” -Austin Chronicle
“Kudos to Director Liz Fisher and Music Director Austin Kimble, along with the rest of the Penfold Theatre team, for bringing this brilliant show to life.” -Broadway World Austin
Awards and Honors
Austin Chronicle, Top 10 Theatre Treasures of 2019
Austin Chronicle, 10 Favorite Arts-Related Things of 2019
Ghost Quartet is sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the City of Austin, the City of Round Rock, Texas Commission on the Arts, P&B Print and Design Studio, and Dive Bar and Lounge.
Photos by Errich Petersen