Ghost Light

A New Brunswick story, through and through.

Shawn Wright is from Saint John. He has an enormous family. His mother was a mainstay in Saint John community theatre, and it's there that he got the bug for acting. Fast forward through one of the most successful stage actor careers in Canada, and we find this beautiful play about a mother and a son. It's an NB story, through and through.

Shawn shares with the audience the hilarious, touching, bizarre, and inspiring stories of his family and through this virtuosic solo performance, gives his mother her posthumous professional stage debut. Not to be missed for NB audiences!

Written by Shawn Wright

Featuring: Shawn Wright

Directed by Thomas Morgan Jones
Lighting Design: Leigh Ann Vardy
Stage Manager: Tammy Faulkner

Production photo by: Stewart Lewis

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November 17

Open Space Theatre | 55 Whiting Road | 7:30 pm | Buy Tickets

November 18

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November 19

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November 19

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November 20

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November 24

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November 25

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November 26

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November 26

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November 27

Open Space Theatre | 55 Whiting Road | 2:00 pm | Pay What You Wish

On Tour

BMO Studio Theatre | November 21 - Saint John, NB | 7:30 pm | Buy Tickets
BMO Studio Theatre | November 22 - Saint John, NB | 7:30 pm | Buy Tickets

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Shawn Wright

Himself

Shawn Wright graduated from UNB with a degree in English Literature all the while honing his acting craft with Theatre St. Thomas. For TNB he has starred in A Christmas Carol as Scrooge, The Bricklin as Premier Richard Hatfield and Hockey Dreams as David Adams Richards . He has done 15 productions for the prestigious Stratford Shakespeare Festival. He has done 11 productions for the world renowned Shaw Festival where veteran Toronto Star critic Bob Crewe called Wright's interpretation of Nathan Detroit in Guys & Dolls "the most perfect I have ever seen".

Shawn was in the original Los Angeles cast of Mamma Mia, the original Toronto cast of Jersey Boys and the original Broadway workshop cast of Ragtime. He had a leading role in the 2006 world stage premiere of Lord of The Rings which at 25 million dollars was the most expensive ever produced at that time. On TV he has starred on Murdoch Mysteries, Due South and a host of others. He has won Toronto's Dora Award and Stratford's Guthrie Award as well as a host of nominations for the Broadway World Award. In a 30 year career, Shawn has been working non-stop in everything from Greek tragedies to Norm Foster comedies. Shawn credits his passion for the stage to his mother. Ghost Light is his first play. It's for her.

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Thomas Morgan Jones

Director

Thomas is an award winning director, playwright, movement coach, dramaturg, and teacher. For over 15 years he has created theatre nationally and internationally with companies and schools that include: The Stratford Festival, Theatre Direct, Theatre Passe Muraille, The Charlottetown Festival, Carousel Players, Cia Enviezada (Brazil), NTS, Sheridan, and The Randolph Academy. He holds a BA from Guelph, an MA from UofT, and has trained with SITI Company in NYC/Madrid/Paris and SCOT in Japan and Italy.

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Leigh Ann Vardy

Lighting Designer

Based in Halifax, Leigh Ann designs lights for theatre and dance across Canada.

Recent favorite projects include As You Like It and The Diary of Anne Frank (Stratford), The Colony of Unrequited Dreams and Oil and Water (Artistic Fraud), Metamorphoses, The Importance of Being Earnest (National Arts Centre), The God That Comes (2b theatre).

Leigh Ann is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. She is the recipient of six Merritt awards for design, and was nominated for the Siminovitch Prize. When not designing, she teaches at the National Theatre School of Canada.

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Tammy Faulkner

Stage Manager

For TNB: Little Women – The Broadway Musical, A Christmas Carol, Red, Miracle on 34th Street, The Last Five Years, Little Shop of Horrors, It’s A Wonderful Life (2012), Oleanna, The Musical of Musicals (SM), Hilda’s Yard, The Bricklin, Hockey Dreams, Treasure Island/The Marketeer, It’s a Wonderful Life (2009), Doubt/LaTour, Tuesdays With Morrie, Vinci, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, The Love List(ASM), A Christmas Carol (ASM & Production Manager) and Forever Plaid (Production Manager).

Select theatre credits: Forever Plaid (Stage Manager, Harbourfront Theatre); Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny, Swimmy, Frederick & Inch By Inch (Stage Manager, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia); Billy Bishop Goes to War, The Fourposter (Stage Manager, Montgomery Theatre); Private Lives (ASM, Montgomery Theatre); Leonard Cohen World Tour 2008 (Wardrobe Assistant); Share, MacGregors Hard Ice Cream and Gas (Stage Manager, Ship’s Company Theatre).

"Shawn’s gift to us with this play is an unfiltered glimpse into the wonderfully loving and complex relationship he had with his mother. It shows us how their relationship (how all of our relationships with our mothers) changes and changed over time. And in the end, he presents to us himself as he is now, changed and affected by his past as he delivers his story in the present." - Thomas Morgan Jones | Artistic Director

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Director Thomas Morgan Jones shares a bit of back story on how Ghost Light came to be written.

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