Stephen King’s Ghost Brothers debuts Nov. 8 at CCA

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a Southern gothic supernatural musical written by Stephen King, debuts Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine.

King, a best-selling author and UMaine alumnus, teamed with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp and Grammy Award-winning T Bone Burnett to create the haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge.

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is a collaboration 16 years in the making. The staging is both old fashioned, resembling an old-style radio show, and modern and unique in its interactive use of storytelling, music and singing to move the macabre story forward. Eerie blues roots music reveals the inner workings of the characters. The full cast for the musical was announced Sept. 30. Actor/writer/producer Billy Burke (The Twilight Saga) and actress/writer/singer Gina Gershon (Killer Joe, House of Versace, Boeing, Boeing) play the lead roles of Joe McCandless and Monique McCandless, respectively.

The tale begins with Joe McCandless reflecting on a past tragedy involving his two older brothers battling over a girl, which ended in the unfortunate deaths of all three. Now, with Joe as an adult and two boys of his own, he’s watching an all-too-familiar scenario play out before his eyes. With his sons at each other’s throats, Joe’s story will either save or destroy the McCandless family.

Shows at the CCA are at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9. Prior to Saturday’s debut, a 2014 season gala will be held at Fogler Library. A reception begins at 5 p.m. and a Southern-inspired dinner commences at 6 p.m. To order tickets, call 207.581.1755, visit, or

Joe McCandless Billy Burke
Monique McCandless Gina Gershon
The Shape Jake La Botz
Zydeco Cowboy Jesse Lenant
Drake McCandless Joe Tippett
Frank McCandless Lucas Kavner
Anna Wicklow Kylie Brown
Dan Coker Eric Moore
Andy McCandless Travis Smith
Jack McCandless Peter Albrink
Jenna Farrell Kate Ferber
Young Joe Zac Ballard
Featured Background Vocalist Carlene Carter
Newt Hoggenbeck / Ensemble Joe Jung
Ensemble Gwen Hughes
Ensemble Rob Lawhon


Music Supervision, Arrangements,
Band Leader, Guitarist Andy York
Percussion Dane Clark
Keyboards and Harmonica Troye Kinnett
Upright Bass Jon E. Gee


Nov. 8 Orono, ME Collins Center for the Arts
Nov. 9 Orono, ME Collins Center for the Arts
Nov. 11 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
Nov. 13 Philadelphia, PA Merriam Theatre
Nov. 14 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center
Nov. 15 Washington, DC Warner Theatre
Nov. 16 Baltimore, MD The Modell Performing Arts Center at the LYRIC
Nov. 18 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
Nov. 20 Portland, ME Merrill Auditorium
Nov. 21 Boston, MA Emerson Colonial Theatre
Nov. 22 Providence, RI The VETS
Nov. 24 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
Nov. 26 Detroit, MI Fisher Theatre
Nov. 28 Chicago, IL Broadway in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre
Nov. 29 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
Dec. 1 Denver, CO Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
Dec. 3 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum Theatre
Dec. 4 Los Angeles, CA Saban Theatre
Dec. 5 San Francisco, CA SHN Curran Theatre
Dec. 6 San Francisco, CA SHN Curran Theatre

Contact: Karen Cole, 207.581.1803