Ghost Brothers of Darkland County

Date:  11/28/14

Venue:  Oriental Theatre

This extraordinary collaboration, 13 years in the making, is a haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge, performed by an ensemble cast of 15 actors and a four-piece live band, comprised of members of John Mellencamp's band.  The staging of Ghost Brothers is an amalgam of different styles — both old fashioned, resembling an old-style radio show, and yet, modern and unique in its interactive use of storytelling, music and singing to move the macabre Ghost Brothers story forward. 

The production takes the audience on a haunting tale filled with fraternal love, lust, jealousy, and revenge.  The story goes that Joe McCandless saw his two older brothers battle over a girl which ended in the unfortunate deaths of all three.   Now as an adult, with two boys of his own, he's watching an all too similar scenario play out before his eyes.   Only one person knows exactly what happened the night of the tragedy. 

As the story continues, a  malevolent  Shape  circles  the  stage,  singing  about  heaven  and  hell.  Joe McCandless lingers in the  Dream-land  café, remembering  the  events  of  his  life, and is urged to action by the friendly bartender.  In 2007, he goes to his family cabin in Darkland County, Mississippi, where his brothers died in 1967, to tell his own sons Frank and Drake his tale of brotherly love gone sour.  With his sons at each other's throats, Joe's story will save or destroy the McCandless family.  Will Joe bring himself to tell the truth in time to save his own sons? Find out whether the ghosts left behind will help him—or tear the McCandless family apart forever.

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