Ghost Story
A Ghost Story
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In this story adapted from Mark Twain, hilarity ensues when a young student encounters a Ghost with an identity crisis and his Shadow, who is determined to banish his soul to hell. 

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In this story adapted from Mark Twain, hilarity ensues when a young student encounters a Ghost with an identity crisis and his Shadow, who is determined to banish his soul to hell. 


Vincent/Vanessa (age: early/mid 20s): a sheltered Brown student who is in way over his/her head.
The Ghost (age: 200): the cranky, all-powerful Cardiff Giant who is haunting this abandoned hotel. He wants to be terrifying but he’s not always good at it.
The Shadow (age 5? 105?): The Ghost’s right hand man/guard dog/best friend. He doesn’t speak much, but when he does, he delights in banishing people’s souls to hell. Can be played by one or more actors.

Casting Note:
Minimum: 1 M, 2 M/F
Maximum: 1M, 4 M/F
(the play has been produced numerous times with the role of “Shadow” being played by more than one actor.

Setting:The lobby of an abandoned hotel, upstate New York.

Set note: Two doors will be needed, plus a third entrance which can come from offstage

Thirty-six of Jonathan's plays have been produced at site-specific locations, schools and theatres around the world including 27 Ways I Didn't Say “Hi” to Laurence Fishburne (Actors Theatre of Louisville - Humana Festival, Milwaukee Rep - RepLab), Grandpa and the Gay Rabbi (Winner – 2016 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Play Festival), 30K Arabian Nights (San Jose Rep - SJREAL), The Legend(s) of Sleepy Hollow (Chance Theater) and The Giant and The Pixie (Chance Theater, New York SummerFest). Jonathan is the Executive Director of Unbound Productions in Los Angeles and is one of the co-creators of the multi-award winning immersive theatre events Wicked Lit, History Lit, and Mystery Lit. Plays written for Unbound include The New Catacomb, Las Lloronas, The Grove of Rashomon, Anansi and the Demons (Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery); The Garden Party and The Girl Who Owned a Bear (Pasadena Museum History); and Holmes, Sherlock, and The Consulting Detective (Los Angeles County Arboretum). Jonathan received an Individual Artist Award from the Pasadena Arts Council, is a five-time Finalist for Actors Theatre of Louisville's Heideman Award and has been named a Finalist for both the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and the City Theatre National Short Play Award. His work has been recognized by the CTG/Humanitas Prize (Semi-Finalist), NuVoices at Actors Theatre of Charlotte (Semi-Finalist), the William Inge Theatre Festival (Short Play Lab), the Great Plains Theatre Conference (Short Play Lab), and the Heartland New Play Festival (Festival Winner). Fourteen of Jonathan’s plays are published by Steele Spring Stage Rights, Samuel French, YouthPLAYS, PlayScripts, Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, and Original Works Publishing. He is a proud member of Playground-LA’s Writer’s Pool, the Antaeus Playwrights Lab, the Dramatists Guild of American and a Lifetime Member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. B.A. in Theatre: Playwriting from UCSD. []

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Materials: your materials will be sent to you two months prior to your opening date and will include everything necessary for your production and can be ordered in Printed or Digital format. Printed Materials are provided on unbound three-hole punched loose-leaf paper while Digital Materials are provided via email as downloadable PDF files for you to print in-house. All materials are yours to keep! No deposits, no returns.

The required materials forA Ghost Story include:

Production Scripts 

Available Products:
Wicked Lit Print Edition - The beautifully designed anthology, available at wholesale costs to sell in your lobby!
Director's Script – Single-sided script with space for director’s notes.
Logo/PR Pack – Includes high-resolution artwork and reference photos. Also, ready-designed posters, reviews and pull quotes, if available.