Know Theatre of Cincinnati

Darkest Night at the Gnarly Stump


On the darkest night of the year, residents of a secluded Appalachian town gather at local pub, The Gnarly Stump, to share ghost stories and songs. When an outsider arrives reporting the mysterious disappearance of her sister the lines between story and reality become blurred…there’s more than just trees in those woods.

This world premiere commissioned by Know Theatre pairs a play from Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth martin, the writers behind Know’s Saturday the 14th and We Will Rise: Stories from the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, with songs from Paul Strickland, local fringe favorite and author of The Trailer Park Trilogy, My Messed Upera, and co-author of Andy’s House of [blank].

10 words or less: A world premiere Appalachian ghost story with music.
Rated: PG

  • Creative Team

    directed by Brant Russell
    music direction by Paul Strickland
    scenic & lighting design by Andrew J. Hungerford
    costume design by Noelle Wedig
    sound design by Doug Borntrager
    prop design by Sarah Beth Hall


    Lisa DeRoberts as Jocasta
    Gabriella DiVincenzo as Amanda
    Lormarev Jones as Elisha
    Lindsey Mercer as Kim
    Michael Sherman as Sheriff Everett
    Derek Snow as Silas

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Production Sponsors

Judith Bausher & Herb Gilliam
Patrick Cusick
Brian Griffin
Jeff Hungerford
Kent Rader
Jeff Syroney
Water Tower Fine Wines