MCT Presents Ghost Light Theater
MCT is happily dealing with the sadness of not being able to present live performances by creating digital productions under the banner of MCT Presents Ghost Light Theater. In the theater, a “ghost light” is a light, often a single bulb on a stand, that illuminates the stage when the theater is dark, i.e., when no production is being presented. It can be simply between performances or when there is a more extended absence of productions. We thought it fitting for this time.
We have no set schedule, although we have been posting a new entry every week, usually toward the end of each week. You can see all of the GLT productions on this page or on our YouTube channel, @mctshows! Feel free to subscribe to our channel or to the Ghost Light Theater Playlist on our channel. We hope you will enjoy the growingly diverse potpourri of work we are creating, and welcome requests and suggestions.
MCT’s Ghost Light Theater Presents Ali in LaLa Land
We continue our online Ghost Light Theater series with another great monologue from Ali Eppy with Ali in La La Land! Here’s what Ali has to say: “‘Ali in LaLa Land’ traces my 1970 move from New York to Los Angeles. While I may have missed the Summer of Love, I’m ready to embrace my ‘pseudo-hippie period!'”
Ali Eppy is known for her performances with Mountain Community Theater, Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatre, Tandy Beal & Co., Van Antwerp Theatre Company, and Cabrillo College, among others. “Ali in LaLa Land” is part of a series of memoir monologues from Ali in Wonderland—My Kaleidoscopic Life.
MCT’s Ghost Light Theater Presents The Christmas Meeting
Mountain Community Theater continues its on-line series Ghost Light Theater with The Christmas Meeting ; directed by Rita Wadsworth, one of MCT’s founders. The outstanding cast stars long-time MCT-er Marj Young, Sage Pell and Alison Gold. The behind-the-scenes magic was provided by Zoom Master Mitch Plott and Coaching Consultant Stephen Phillipps.
The story, adapted by Wadsworth from a short story by Rosemary Timperley presents a mysterious amalgamation of time travel, ghost story and a visit to the Twilight Zone. It portrays a meeting of two lonely people on Christmas Day in… 1851 …? Or … when? Ah, that’s the question. Perhaps you’ll know the answer after you’ve seen our story. It’s not as easy as it sounds.
Rosemary Timperley (1920-1988), who began her writing career in 1960, was a British author of over sixty novels and hundreds of short stories and feature articles. Among her most famous tales are the classic ghost stories “The Mistress in Black” (1969) and “Christmas Meeting” (1952). Her writing encompassed the fields of mystery, horror and suspense fiction and she won critical acclaim for her many novels.
For theater actors and techies, a Zoom play requires new skills and a new point-of-view. Cast and crew found it especially exciting to be pioneers in a brand-new format.
MCT’s Ghost Light Theater Presents the Re-Air of Julius Caesar
Something different – but not exactly new – for our next entry in MCT Presents Ghost Light Theater: a full-length, multi-camera video of MCT’s 2018 production of William Shakespeare’s masterpiece, “Julius Caesar.” The production was directed by Santa Cruz County’s premiere Shakesepare expert and director, Bill Peters, and stars Peter Gelblum, Andrew Davids, Nat Robinson, David Leach, Robin Aronson, and a host of other MCT favorites. Philip Pearce of Monterey Bay Performing Arts called the production “powerfully innovative,” and said,”the violence explodes with plenty of blood and vigor, the noble reasons are served up with a restraint and immediacy that are unusual but compelling, and the dire effects spiral into an ending that is as dramatic as any I’ve seen in a lifetime of visits to this play.” The beautifully shot and edited video is by David Halper, who also appears in the production. Enjoy!
MCT’s Ghost Light Theater presents A Sense of Place
MCT’s digital festival, Ghost Light Theater, is proud to present A Sense of Place, a memoir monologue written and performed by Ali Eppy. Ali is known for her performances with MCT, Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatre, Tandy Beal & Company, Van Antwerp Theatre Company, and Cabrillo College, among others. A Sense of Place is the first in what will be a series of memoir monologues from Ali in Wonderland—My Kaleidoscopic Life.
MCT’s Ghost Light Theater presents Interview After Dark
Our first production for Ghost Light Theater is the 10-minute play, Interview After Dark, written by our own David Leach, who has been seen in many MCT shows, including just in the last two years, “The Cherry Orchard,” “Julius Caesar,” “Rapture, Blister, Burn,” and “Sordid Lives.” David also stars in the show, along with Peter Gelblum, MCT’s President, who has performed in many MCT shows, including “Julius Caesar,” and directed many more, including the recent productions of “Rapture, Blister, Burn,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” and “Other Desert Cities.”