Murder Ballad Murder Mystery

paper chairs would love to bring their raucous extravaganza to a bar or venue near you…


Murder Ballad Murder Mystery is a backwoods musical spun from the ghosts of legendary criminals caught on a killing spree. A lone sheriff aims to corral these demons as they sing and dance ‘til no one is left standing. Part existential whodunit, part slapstick haunting, and part ramshackle hoedown, this play investigates the many ways and whys we carry out a death sentence.


Murder Ballad Murder Mystery is an hour-long surreal resurrection of murder ballad characters. The show features live music, dance numbers, and bawdy dialogue. We tour our 8-person cast with everything we need. We provide our own lighting, sound, costumes, etc. Typically, we need a two-hour rehearsal in the bar in the afternoon the day of the performance, so we can determine the spacing/ staging etc.


Past Performances:
The Longbranch Inn – Austin, TX (Summer 2014)
Cheer Up Charlie’s – Austin, TX (Summer 2014)
The Esquire – San Antonio, TX (Summer 2014)
The Grotto – Fort Worth, TX (Summer 2014)
Historic Zimm’s Building – Strawn, TX (Summer 2014)
The Buzz Mill – Austin, TX (Fall 2013)
The Scoot Inn – Austin, TX (Fall 2013)
Hole In The Wall – Austin, TX (Fall 2013)
The Hi Ho Lounge – New Orleans Fringe Festival (Fall 2013)
Lost Horse Saloon – Marfa, TX (Fall 2013)
Longbranch Inn – Austin, TX (Summer 2013)

Video courtesy of Jon and Julie at Table Rock Productions.



Broadway World Review: MURDER BALLAD MURDER MYSTERY Is A Hysterical Western Spoof

Austin Chronicle Preview by Robert Faires

KUT Feature: See ‘Murder Ballad Murder Mystery’ In A Bar Near You

Marfa Public Radio Interview: Murder Ballad Murder Mystery Comes To Marfa


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