dave malloy

other shows

the invaders

spanganga, san francisco, april 04


sean owens is not agnes moorehead

sean owens as a woman attacked by space creatures in this adaptation of an old twilight zone episode. no dialog; thus, all the sound effects.

written/performed by sean owens
directed by kathryn wood
music/sound design by dave malloy



exit cafe, san francisco, october 03


sean owens, sara kraft and i in a series of disturbing vignettes written by mr. owens, including "you will never love again" and "buried alive by the hottest guy". i was up in the rafters.

written by sean owens
directed by meredith eldered
music/sound design by dave malloy

sara kraft, sean owens

sara kraft, sean owens

gulag ha ha

san francisco fringe festival, exit stage left, september 02
nyc fringe festival, bank street theater, august 03
dublin fringe festival, trinity college, october 03


gulag ha ha

a banana bag & bodice show;
mostly written by jason craig,
with some really good stuff at the end written by parnell klug,
and then workshopped and arranged by the ensemble:
jason craig, jessica jelliffe, parnell klug, dave malloy and taylor valentine
music/sound design by dave malloy

all about prison and lumps and stuff.

there was a lot of really fun music in this show, all harmonicas and fishbowls and pieces of metal being whacked around and fed through a delay pedal and sounding all fucked up and stuff. but i never really recorded most any of it. "the intimate swap" is a studio (ha!) version of one of the pretty scenes in the play, in which two actors swap clothes.

best of sf fringe 02
reviews: here and here

"The simple costumes, the stark use of practical lighting, and the beautifully simple live music and sounds all are accomplished with enough imagination to overcome their repetitiveness and make the piece stylistically engaging. the cast has a strong physical connection to each other and an excellent sense of spatial awareness, which compliments the lyricism of the script nicely. It is, in fact, the clear dedication of the ensemble to both the material and to each other that ultimately makes Gulag Ha Ha successful."

-Fred Backus, NY Theatre

jessica jelliffe, jason craig

dave malloy



exit on taylor, june 01

  • as if his nose was made of gold (malloy/owens)
  • the overcoat
  • curious customs (malloy/owens)
  • who will save the moon (malloy/owens)

chris kuckenbaker, sean owens, thessaly lerner, jason craig

adapted by jason craig and sean owens,
with chirstopher broderick, jason craig, jessica jelliffe, christopher kuckenbaker, thessaly lerner, dave malloy, sean owens and nari tomassetti
directed by meredith eldred

a clown opera adaptation of nikolai gogol's "the nose", "the overcoat" and "diary of a madman", this show opened the exit's third theater, on taylor street. it was a beautiful mess.

reviews: here and here

"Owens and Craig interweave the three stories, with one actor dedicated to the main role in each story, while a chorus of clowns plays all the minor roles. The authors utilize music (the wonderful klezmer- and folk-inspired score is by David Malloy, and performed by Malloy and several of the company members on piano, harmonica, harmonium, accordion and spoons), songs, absurdist monologues and intentionally bad jokes to tell their stories...funny and harrowing."

-Joe Mader, SF Examiner

"a delirious musical whirl that captures the Russian master's lyrical absurdity...David Malloy's live music is festive and eclectic."

-Brad Rosenstein, SF Bay Gaurdian

jessica jelliffe, thessaly lerner, nari tomassetti