Gather by the Ghost Light

Gather by the Ghost Light

GATHER BY THE GHOST LIGHT is storytelling podcast in radio theater format. Think of the Ghost Light as your campfire. Gather around and listen to stories from a variety of genres. Playwright, Jonathan Cook, is the host of the series and most of the stories you hear were originally written as short stage plays that have been produced in theatres around the World. Short play festivals have become wildly popular in recent years and they have given emerging playwrights a platform for their work. The audio plays produced on this podcast range from festival award winners to brand new world premieres giving these talented playwrights an even wider audience for their stories. We welcome you to join us in this journey as we extend the voices of emerging playwrights!

Episodes

January 29, 2024 56 mins
COMMUNAL TABLE: Have you ever had to share a table in a café with the wrong people? On one summer afternoon in June, the day of the summer solstice, three characters end up at the same café table. Minna enjoys eavesdropping, but this time is different — this guy is getting so many things wrong, she may just need to interrupt. Gary loves meeting new people, but it looks like his latest flirtation is getting sabotaged. Allie has come...
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IMMERSION THERAPY: The best husband in the world gives his wife the ultimate birthday present. Written by David MacGregor Directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by Devon McSherry as "Melissa", Jonathan Cook as "Doug", and Tommy Cooper as "Droppo the Clown" Intro/Outro music: JK/47 About the writer: David’s plays have been performed from California to New York to London and Hobart, Tasmania. He is a resident artist at The Purple Rose T...
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SANTA DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE: Mom and Dad have never gotten around to telling Jeffrey that there’s no Santa. He’s 30, and he still believes. This Christmas the truth comes out about Santa, as well as a few other family secrets. Written by Patrick Gabridge Directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by Marian Thibodeau as "Mom", Krys Bailey as "Dad", and Michael Silvio Fortino as "Jeffrey". Intro/Outro music: JK/47 About the writer: Patr...
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December 4, 2023 24 mins
SANTA THE CLAUSE: Santa Claus and his elf Beedle visit the holiday office party of Mr. Hargraves, the rich CEO of Awesome Toys, to make him an offer he can't refuse. (*contains Adult language) Written by Ron Burch Ron Burch is a playwright, screenwriter, and novelist. From 2015-2018, he was an Executive Producer/Showrunner on Dinotrux, a DreamWorks Animation TV show for Netflix. His movies include Ferdinand, Head Over Heels, Yours,...
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This episode was recorded on stage in front of a Live audience on October 21st at Le Chat Noir Theatre in Augusta, GA. KINGDUMB: This episode is ACT 2 of the full-length play KINGDUMB. KINGDUMB is a fun story full of absurdist humor and illogical behavior. There’s a new King in the land that has initiated a mysterious new tax on the citizens. Outraged, the region’s finest Clock fixer, aka “Time Repair Specialist”, recruits some of ...
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This episode was recorded on stage in front of a sold-out Live audience on October 21st at Le Chat Noir Theatre in Augusta, GA. KINGDUMB: This episode is ACT 1 of the full-length play KINGDUMB. KINGDUMB is a fun story full of absurdist humor and illogical behavior. There’s a new King in the land that has initiated a mysterious new tax on the citizens. Outraged, the region’s finest Clock fixer, aka “Time Repair Specialist”, recruits...
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October 30, 2023 34 mins
SECONDHAND SOUL: Em and Vi are a couple in love who just moved into a new house. When Em attempts to use Vi's Ouija board to come out to her dead mother, she finds herself bargaining to save her soul from what she accidentally summons instead. Written by Ava Love Hanna Ava Love Hanna is a professional writer, published playwright, and award-winning speaker and storyteller. She is continually amazed by how often she is mistaken for ...
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AIN'T THE BIGGEST CITY: When an inmate dies at the county jail under suspicious circumstances, the EMT who oversaw the affair is brought in for questioning. She might have a secret or two, but as connections arise more and more secrets arise to the surface. Written by Straton Rushing Directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by: Arelis Rivera as "Lane Hernandez" and Krys Bailey as "Office McAllen" Intro/Outro music: JK/47 Gather by ...
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September 1, 2023 45 mins
THE DEMON LADY: A couple of friends decide to escape for a weekend and go camping but a sudden storm in the middle of the night destroys their tent and now they are on the run looking for shelter. But what they find instead may just be a little more dangerous than the rain. Written by John Patrick Bray Directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by: Audrey Robertson as "Veronica", Eric Odom as "Jeremy", and Christy Roosma as "Dash". In...
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July 31, 2023 37 mins
TOOTH OR DARE: Don't piss off the tooth fairy. Just don't do it. Written by Emily McClain Directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by: Andrew Jones as "Andrew", Jamie Johnson Turner as "Lydia", and Kayla Gardner as "The Tooth Fairy" Intro/Outro music: JK/47 Gather by the Ghost Light merch available ONLINE HERE! If you would like to further support this podcast, please visit Buy Me a Coffee If you are associated with a theatre and...
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WHEEL OF FORTUNE REVERSED: Death has come for Michael but Michael has a bucket list that only the Grim Reaper can fulfill. Written by Scott C. Sickles Directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by: Robert J. Leblanc as "Michael" & Dana Hall as "Death" Intro/Outro music: JK/47 Gather by the Ghost Light merch available ONLINE HERE! If you would like to further support this podcast, please visit Buy Me a Coffee If you are associated w...
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A TRAGEDY OF OWLS: After a successful anti-Nazi attack, two Dutch co-conspirators, Lau Mazirel and Willem Arondeus, meet in prison - one free and one facing death. Both have an urgent but opposing plea for the other. Written by John Mabey Directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by: Jonathan Cook as "Willem" and Amy Patton as "Lau" Intro/Outro music: JK/47 Gather by the Ghost Light merch available ONLINE HERE! If you would like to...
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PLAYING WITH DOLLS: Two men exchange dolls in an alleyway, a simple trade that turns out to not be so simple. Written by John Mabey Directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by: Ryan Abel as "Carl" and Sean Moton as "Gregory" Intro/Outro music: JK/47 Gather by the Ghost Light merch available at Online Shop! If you would like to further support this podcast, please visit Buy Me a Coffee If you are associated with a theatre and woul...
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HUGO SAVES CHRISTMAS IN MAY (Part 2): Act 2 begins thirty years earlier when Maya's mom and Hugo's mom meet for the first time. Written by Steven Hayet Directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by: Adam Cowart as "Hugo", Marian Thibodeau as "Maya", Amy Patton as "Catherine", Pepper Wren as "Rachel", and Luke Romagnoli as "Young Hugo". Intro/Outro music: JK/47 Santa Cruz Actor's Theatre play submissions! Submit now! - Play Contest & ...
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HUGO SAVES CHRISTMAS IN MAY (Part 1): A year-round Christmas store is going out of business and Hugo McGee, a longtime loyal customer, refuses to accept the news. Written by Steven Hayet Directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by: Adam Cowart as "Hugo", Marian Thibodeau as "Maya", Amy Patton as "Catherine", Pepper Wren as "Rachel", and Luke Romagnoli as "Young Hugo". Intro/Outro music: JK/47 Santa Cruz Actor's Theatre play submiss...
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A MONOGAMY OF SWANS: After breaking up with her fiancé Jimmie, Ellie has gone to Boston’s Public Garden to kill the swans. Violet, her ex, arrives with a better alternative. Written by John Minigan Directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by: Devon McSherry as "Ellie" & Shelby Lauren Smith as "Violet" Intro/Outro music: JK/47 Gather by the Ghost Light merch available at Online Shop! If you would like to further support this podcas...
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March 30, 2023 65 mins
LENORA: A man visits a therapist regarding his daughter’s strange dreams that have started to manifest into reality. Written & Directed by Jonathan Cook Featuring special guest co-host Robb Smith from the Chewing the Fat with Big Robb podcast Performed by: Kate Dailey as "Doctor Hadley", Matt Hoffman as "Vincent", & Mia Price as "Lenora" Original score by Exist Strategy Intro/Outro music: JK/47 Gather by the Ghost Light merch...
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March 15, 2023 44 mins
OPEN MIC NIGHT: Surprises await audience members at a mysterious “Open Mic” performance. Written by Evan Baughfman Directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by: Julian Diaz as "Mike", Mickey Lay as "Michael", and Karla Fischbach as "Lily" Intro/Outro music: JK/47 Gather by the Ghost Light merch available at Online Shop! If you would like to further support this podcast, please visit Buy Me a Coffee If you are associated with a the...
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February 22, 2023 24 mins
XIERNON FROM GLIXTAR: A husband and wife try to escape an alien abduction that turns out to be a little friendlier than they originally thought. Written by Maripat Allen Directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by: Casey Johnson as "Husband", Anissa Cordova as "Wife", & Sean Moton as "Xiernon" Intro/Outro music: JK/47 Gather by the Ghost Light merch available at Online Shop! If you would like to further support this podcast, pleas...
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February 13, 2023 31 mins
RECESS: Two children enact on the playground how they imagine life would be like as adults. But perhaps they are merely practicing for the future, and they are destined to spend their lives together. Written by Kara Emily Krantz Directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by: Luke Romagnoli as "Lucas", Mia Price as "Georgina", Robert J. LeBlanc as "Adult Lucas", & Chelsea Mahoney as "Adult Georgina" Intro/Outro music: JK/47 Featured m...
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