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, resem- bling 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.
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. Joe 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. Frank and Drake's relationship is also under strain. Drake stayed home after high school to play in a local band while working as a mechanic. Frank, a college boy, is about to get rich after selling the paperback rights to his novel. Anna, Frank's girlfriend, used to be with Drake. Monique, the boys' mother, tries to find a way for them all to get along. With his sons at each other's throats, Joe's story will save or destroy the McCandless family.