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 are mostly selected from Festival Award Winners 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

November 21, 2022 25 min

THE BEAR (Part 1: BEGINNINGS) - Part one of The Bear series of monologues. Bear begins life in a little town house in Frankfurt, 1941, but all is not well with the world......

Written by Christopher Plumridge

Directed by Jonathan Cook

Performed by: Dale Wylde as "The Bear"

Cover art by Martha Lysa (https://www.fiverr.com/japka_a)

Watch "The Bear" Short animated film here - https://youtu.be/4_FvKCdw2XY

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THE BOARD: When a new West Point graduate visiting NYC wanders into a conversation between two veterans playing chess in the park, he gets a life lesson he wasn't expecting and that might just keep him -- and his fellow soldiers -- alive.

Written by Eric Mansfield

Directed by Jonathan Cook

Performed by: Rick Davis as "Clarence", Ted Newton as "Todd", and Mickey Lay as "Lance"

Intro/Outro music: JK/47

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PETE AND PETRIA'S PETRIFYING PODCAST: Two thrill seeking podcast hosts take on a little too much when they decide to do a live stream investigation at a notorious haunted house.

Written by Dana Hall and David Lipschutz

Directed by Jonathan Cook

Performed by: Robb Smith as "Pete", Dana Hall as "Petria", Arelis Rivera as "Michelle", Jacquelyn Floyd as "Anna", Adam Cowart as "Bennie", Rick D...

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October 19, 2022 1 min

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October 9, 2022 39 min

YOU'VE REACHED JUSTIN: Daniel only planned for a night out of clubbing with his best friend and crush, Justin. But before they can meet, monsters fall from the sky and begin attacking the city. When Justin won't answer his phone, Daniel starts out through the carnage and chaos to rescue him, leaving voicemails along the way. "You've Reached Justin" blends sci-fi and horror with romance to deliver a heart poundin...

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September 25, 2022 25 min

OFF CENTER: Melody, a somewhat eccentric older woman, sits in front of her favorite painting at the art museum, a white dot painted slightly off center on a black background. It's closing time and the new security guard, Lindsay, needs for her to clear out, but before she leaves, Melody will give a lesson on life, art and living while you still can appreciate the beauty in life.

Written by Jacquelyn Floyd-Priskorn

Directed by J...

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September 11, 2022 26 min

A PERFECT TWO: In this romantic comedy, tension begins to rise when a couple decides to play a little game of “how would you rate your partner on a scale from one to ten”. It turns out that being perfect for each other doesn’t always mean you’re a ten. 

Written by Guy Newsham

Directed by Jonathan Cook

Performed by: Devon McSherry as the Woman TJ McSherry as the Man

Intro/Outro music: JK/47

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A BENEVOLENT ALLIANCE OF MOURNERS: A student, home from college to attend the funeral of a friend, and a singer, hired to perform at the service, meet by chance outside the church, conversing, confessing, and connecting in unexpected ways.

Written by Ken Preuss

Directed by Jonathan Cook

Performed by: Oliver Caffee as Alex Chelsea Mahoney as Ellie

Featured music by Jess Hannan

Intro/Outro music: JK/47

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August 11, 2022 25 min

WEDDING BELL BLUES: A mother's nose gets out of joint when discussing her daughter's wedding plans. She feels left out and feeling down until she opens her birthday present from her daughter.

Written by Marj O'Neill-Butler

Directed by Jonathan Cook

Performed by: Kate Dailey as ROCHELLE (the Bride to Be) Susan Willis as MOTHER

Intro/Outro music: JK/47

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July 26, 2022 30 min

A WICKED SLICE: A trio of golfers are searching for a lost golf ball, but what they find as they venture off the fairway makes them realize that maybe they should've just taken the penalty stroke instead.

Written by John Busser

Directed by Jonathan Cook

Performed by: Adam Cowart as STEVE Will Lane as GEORGE Jonathan Cook as ALAN Matt Hoffman as TED PATTERSON

Intro/Outro music: JK/47

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July 3, 2022 23 min

NEW KID NEXT DOOR: Two siblings are stuck with the weird, creepy - and ultimately maybe not even human - kid from next door, on July Fourth, when there are firecrackers to be stolen and played with. Let freedom ring!

Written by Arthur M. Jolly

Directed by Jonathan Cook

Performed by: Kelsie Johnson as KERRI Sophie Cook as SIMONE Luke Romagnoli as RAZIEL (the new kid next door)

Intro/Outro music: JK/47

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AN AWKWARD CONVERSATION IN THE SHADOW OF MOUNT MORIAH: After luring Isaac to the top of Mount Moriah under false pretenses, binding him, and nearly sacrificing him, Abraham is faced with an even more arduous task... attempting to make small talk with his son during their walk home.

Written by John Bavoso

Directed by Jonathan Cook

Performed by: Oliver Caffee as ISAAC Brandon Brune as ABRAHAM

Intro/Outro music: JK/47

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May 30, 2022 27 min

CROSSOVER FICTION: When sci-fi heroine, Josie Moon, tracks down the escaped interdimensional villain Maximus Wolfe to get revenge for the murder of her lover, she finds herself breaching the boundary between fiction and reality.

Written by Greg Lam

Directed by Jonathan Cook

Performed by: Julianna Johnston as JOSIE MOON Eric Odom as THOM CORD Robb Smith as MAXIMUS WOLFE

Intro/Outro music: JK/47

Cover art by Alexander Kretov

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May 3, 2022 26 min

CLOSING DOORS: When fourth-grade teacher Sandra is criticized by old friend and Assistant Principal Valerie for breaking protocol in an active shooter drill, they must decide how they can save both their friendship and their students.

Written by John Minigan

Directed by Jonathan Cook

Performed by: Marian Thibodeau as SANDRA Devon McSherry as VALERIE

Intro/Outro music: JK/47

Featured score by Exist Strategy

Sponsored by the Risk The...

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April 19, 2022 34 min

CHOICES: A debtor burdened by crushing student loans is offered a way out … but is the deal too good to be true?

Written by James McLindon

Directed by Jonathan Cook

Performed by: Chelsea Mahoney and Eric Odom

Intro/Outro music: JK/47

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SCIENCE FRICTION; OR THE RAPID DECONSTRUCTION OF A RATIONAL MIND: A deep dive into her boyfriend’s Sci-Fi favorites sends Daisy over the deep end.

Written by Ken Preuss

Directed by Jonathan Cook

Performed by: Anissa Cordova as DAISY, Michael Silvio Fortion as RAYMOND, and Wes Hennings as THE OMINOUS VOICE

Intro/Outro music: JK/47

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February 7, 2022 13 min

MARIGOLD: A man enjoying a day at the park unwillingly becomes a part of a murder for hire plot when he encounters two strangers who both mistake his identity. A deal is made, money is transferred, and the marigolds are quite lovely in the park this time of year.

Written and directed by Jonathan Cook

Performed by: Michael Silvio Fortino as THE MAN, Erica Garraffa as THE WIFE, and Jonathan Cook as MR. MARIGOLD.

Intro/Outro music: JK...

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January 17, 2022 11 min

MONSTERS BEYOND THE MIDNIGHT ZONE: Miles beneath the ocean’s surface, two scientists are left in complete darkness when the lights on their deep-water submersible are taken out by something lurking in the depths of the Mariana Trench.

Written by Lindsay Partain

Produced and directed by Jonathan Cook

Performed by: Devon McSherry as ROMY and Paige Blackcloud as LEAH

Intro/Outro music: JK/47

Digital cover art by Christopher Plante

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December 24, 2021 16 min

IT'S A WONDERFUL SATAN: An abridged, twisty retelling of 'It's A Wonderful Life.' Satan is at their lowest point when met by a demon named Clarence. It's up to Clarence to help Satan regain their confidence while also earning his horns in the process. A budding friendship forms between the two with the balance of power taking unexpected turns.

Written by John Mabey

Produced and directed by Jonathan Cook

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December 23, 2021 20 min

PLAYING WITH FIRED:  In order to get the job of her dreams, a young ambitious candidate has to fire the man who currently holds the position.

Written by Steven Hayet

Produced and directed by Jonathan Cook

Performed by: Marian Thibodeau as Samantha, Tom Colechin as Mr. O'Brien, Adam Cowart as Ronald, and Devon McSherry as Erica

Intro/Outro music: JK/47

Additional featured music: "Christmas Gifts" by G-Yerro

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