A theatrical pop song cycle that shifts expectations of theater and live music. GHOST RINGS burrows and soars through the layers of love among best friends and a family band of yesteryear to create a feminist reclamation of what makes a rock star and loving who you want.
Inspired by live band dynamics, with text and lyrics by Tina Satter and music by Chris Giarmo and Erin Markey, the narrative contrasts romantic memories of two friends with Satter’s real-life relationship to her estranged sister as she plays in an invented band with her Half Straddle collaborators. A vulnerable and harrowingly funny melodic reckoning.
Originally commissioned by New York Live Arts for its 50 & Change Commission series with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, with additional support provided by the Doris Duke Impact Artist Award and Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
GHOST RINGS is now available for national and international touring, following a sold-out North American tour in 2017.
Written and Directed by Tina Satter
"Fantastical, odd and sometimes so tender it’s raw, “Ghost Rings” is a pop concert with a drama inside, about trying to make sense of the hole in your soul when the person you believed would stick around forever drifts away."
– The New York Times
World premiere cast:
Music Composed by:
Chris Giarmo and Erin Markey
Arrangements, Music Direction and Sound Design:
Production + Stage Management:
TBA:17, Portland, OR
September 13-14, 2017
September 8-9, 2017
La Chappelle, Montreal
August 26, 2017
Luminato Festival, Toronto
June 20-22, 2017
American Realness, New York City
January 8-10, 2017
New York Live Arts, New York City
April 22-30, 2016
Ghost Rings was commissioned by New York Live Arts for its 50 & Change Commission series with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.