GHOST QUARTET

THE CURRAN THEATER, SAN FRANCISCO, 2015

OBERON AT AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER, 2015

MT. TREMPER ARTS, 2015

THE MCKITTRICK HOTEL 2015

THE BUSHWICK STARR, 2014

A song cycle about love, death, and whiskey.
A camera breaks and four friends drink in an interwoven tale spanning seven centuries, with a murderous sister, a treehouse astronomer, a bear, a subway, and the ghost of Thelonious Monk.  

Music, Lyrics, and Text by Dave Malloy
Developed and Arranged by Ghost Quartet
Directed by Annie Tippe

Ghost Quartet is Brent Arnold, Brittain Ashford, Gelsey Bell + Dave Malloy
Production + Lighting Design by Christopher Bowser
Sound Design by Dave Malloy
Dramaturgy by James Harrison Monaco
Assistant Direction by Ambrym Smith



press for GHOST QUARTET:

Critic’s Pick...Rapturous…directed with unobtrusive cunning by Annie Tippe…Ghost Quartet 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. The ways in which the last number attests to this creed is one of the most ingenious and affecting finales I’ve come across in years
— Ben Brantley, The New York Times
4 Stars...Listening to [Dave Malloy’s] brand of emo-pop regret laced with cosmic hope, it’s like you’re watching a spectacular sunrise after a night of whiskey and lame flirting…the material coheres on a rich, intuitive level. This is an experiment in mood and evanescence...
— David Cote, Time Out New York
Annie Tippe’s staging seems simple, but is actually ingenious.
— Elisabeth Vincentelli, NY Post
Director Annie Tippe keeps the stories flowing with a stylish grace and an ease of movement that is so unpretentious you may find yourself eager to take up a percussion instrument if it’s offered, or tilt a glass of whiskey (or cider) poured for everyone as the ensemble sings a tune about four different kinds of the liquor.
— Terry Byrne, The Boston Globe
Director Annie Tippe keeps the stories flowing with a stylish grace and an ease of movement that is so unpretentious you may find yourself eager to take up a percussion instrument if it’s offered, or tilt a glass of whiskey (or cider) poured for everyone as the ensemble sings a tune about four different kinds of the liquor.
— Terry Byrne, The Boston Globe
Malloy and director Annie Tippe slyly showcase the artistry without ever creating a conscious separation between the show and the audience.
— Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Gate
I would be remiss in not giving a special shout-out to director Annie Tippe and designer Christopher Bowser...And the decisions of when and how to bring the audience into the music itself create a sense of community and leave us in the closing with a tear-producing sense of connection to what we have heard and have helped ourselves effect.
— Eddie Reynolds, Talkin' Broadway

Developed with support from The Ground Floor at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, CA, and The Bushwick Starr

Photography for Photos 1-4 by Pat Mazzera (The Curran, SF 2015)

Photography for Photos 5-13 by Ryan Jensen (The Bushwick Starr, 2014)

Photography for Photos 14-18 by Matthew Pokoik (Mt. Tremper Arts, 2015)