Unveiling the Haunting Tale: Benson Theatre Presents Ghost Brothers of Darkland County

Unveiling the Haunting Tale: Benson Theatre Presents Ghost Brothers of Darkland County

In a world where storytelling transcends boundaries, where the eerie melodies of legends intertwine with the chilling narrative of the supernatural, Benson Theatre proudly announces its upcoming production: Ghost Brothers of Darkland County by none other than icons Stephen King, John Cougar Mellencamp, and T Bone Burnett. With special permission from Broadway Licensing, Benson Theatre will produce the first run of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County since its 2014 tour before it’s available anywhere else! This means you have the opportunity to see the show right here in Omaha before it’s seen anywhere else. Brace yourselves for an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness as we bring to life this haunting tale on our stage this October.

A Triumvirate of Creative Genius

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is the brainchild of three titans in their respective fields. Stephen King, the master of horror, weaves a tale that resonates with spine-tingling suspense and unrelenting tension. John Cougar Mellencamp, the legendary musician, infuses the story with haunting melodies and soulful tunes rooted in Americana that seep into your bones. T Bone Burnett, the acclaimed producer, adds layers of depth with his signature soundscapes, creating an immersive experience that captivates the senses.


Set in the mysterious backwoods of Mississippi, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County follows the chilling saga of two brothers haunted by a tragic past. As they reunite after years of estrangement, they confront not only the ghosts that linger in the shadows but also the demons lurking within themselves. Secrets are unearthed, dark truths come to light, and the line between the living and the dead blurs in this gripping tale of redemption and revenge.

Our Interpretation

At Benson Theatre, we pride ourselves on pushing the boundaries of storytelling and embracing the eclectic. With Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, we aim to transport our audience through space and time to the Deep South, where whispers of the supernatural echo through the mist-laden swamps of the soulful strains of folk, Americana, and blues music reverberate in the night. Our interpretation will pay homage to the rich tapestry of Southern Gothic literature while infusing it with a contemporary twist that resonates with audiences of all backgrounds.

Your Experience

Prepare to be spellbound as you step into the world of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. Our talented in-house production team, with help from our most-trusted community partners, is dedicated to bringing this mesmerizing tale to life with stunning visuals, Omaha’s best theatrical musicians, powerhouse performances, and the use of Omaha’s only holographic pepperscrim paired with upgraded projection technology that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of Stephen King or simply love a good ghost story, this production promises an unforgettable experience that will linger in your mind long after the final bow.

Interested in Auditioning?

​​Benson Theatre believes that theatre belongs to everyone, and we strive for inclusivity and representation of the scope of humanity in our audiences and in our company.  We believe the expanse of humanity available in a performance transcends the context of fixed casting, and we are determined to define space in these stories for the rich variety of humans and experiences that exist in our world today.  We invite all artists to submit for opportunities and roles that ignite their creative spirit.  

We seek to represent all genders, races, ethnicities, ages, and abilities within our company and programming. We recognize that many characters we encounter onstage are on the binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns and many characters are written with a systemic coding or expectation of race and ability.

We invite gender non-conforming, gender queer, transgender, and non-binary actors, as well as performers of all races, ethnicities, ages, and abilities to submit for all roles with which they most identify. We will specify when characters have specific gender, race, age, or ability criteria — with the intent of authentically uplifting historically marginalized voices in the arts. Otherwise, we ask all people interested and excited by this show to audition for the roles that ignite their creative spirit.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns, or if there are any additional accommodations we can provide. If you’re interested in auditioning, please reach out to Jason and Maddie to keep up-to-date!

Don’t Miss a Beat!

As the leaves turn and the nights grow longer, join us at Benson Theatre for a journey into the unknown with the Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. With its potent blend of horror, music, and Southern mystique, this production is sure to leave an indelible mark on your soul. Mark your calendar for October 17th-27th, 2024, and prepare to be haunted by the echoes of Darkland County. Tickets will be available soon! To stay up-to-date, follow us on social media and sign up for our weekly newsletter blast on all things BT.

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