Music and lyrics by Dave Malloy

Directed by Liz Fisher

 

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.

 

Content advisory: strong language.

Rapturous...this happily haunted song cycle slyly addresses the questions of why we want to believe in ghosts and feel the need to keep talking about them. And I promise you, you will believe by the evening’s end..ingenious and affecting.” -New York Times

4 Stars...brilliantly inventive.” -Time Out New York

Ghost Quartet unfolds with a subtly seductive allure...tight harmonies, compelling characters, and rich musicianship, draw us into a cozy world to explore our fascination with and connection to otherworldly spirits for a uniquely thrilling evening.” -Boston Globe

Notes from the box office

 

Reservations for Ghost Quartet at the Driskill open September 16th. Tickets are $45. The 20-minute pre-show begins at 7:30pm, more details below, and the main event begins at 8pm. Ghost Quartet runs about 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission. 

 

For Season Members only. Season Members pay only $20 for this special event. If you are a season member, please contact the box office at (512) 850-4849 or info@penfoldtheatre.org in order to purchase your tickets at the discounted member rate.

 

Alternate location. For information about performances at Blue Genie Art Bazaar October 11-27, please visit:

 

@ BLUE GENIE

 

 

 

 

Pre-Show Activities

 

Happy Halloween! On October 31st, come early to enjoy ghastly ghost stories told by our own resident ghost expert, Nathan Jerkins. Learn how the Driskill Hotel came to be haunted and perhaps experience a phantom or two.

 

In honor of Día de los Muertos, on November 1st we welcome our friends from Round Rock Ballet Folklórico to share traditional dances and discuss the importance of the holiday. You do not want to miss this special opportunity to experience traditional ballet folklórico costumes and their skilled zapateado.

 

 

 

Location

 

Driskill Hotel

 

Driskill Hotel (Map it)

Citadel Ballroom

604 Brazos Street

Austin, TX 78701

 

The Downtown Austin Alliance offers a number of transportation and parking ideas, including public transit and ride sharing (ex. Uber or Lyft). For those driving themselves, valet parking at the Driskill is available for $45. A map of parking lots and garages is available on the ParkMe app. Metered street parking is also available, now with the option to pay through the Park ATX app

 

By request of the Driskill Hotel, guests are asked to remain in public areas or areas specifically reserved for Ghost Quartet. The Drsikill also probits food and drink from outside the hotel.

 

 

Sponsors

Marquee Sponsors ($5,000+)

Bloomberg PhilanthropiesCity of AustinCity of Round RockTexas Commission on the Arts

Producer Sponsors ($2,500+)

P&B Print and Design StudioLarry Najvar of Edward Jones

Photography Sponsor

Dive Bar & Lounge

 

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