Gather by the Ghost Light

Jonathan Cook

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!

All Episodes

THE DEAL: A short horror/thriller play set in the mid-1950s. A widow is visited by a sinister stranger looking to collect one of her late husband’s outstanding debts. Written by Ryan Kaminski Produced and directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by Courtney Prouty & Krys Bailey Intro/Outro music: JK/47 Additional music: "Street Dreams" by Julian Hartwell "The Body" by Max H. Gather by the Ghost Light merch available at Online Shop! If you would like to further support this podcast, please visit our Patreon page! If you are associated with a theatre and would like to perform the stage version of this play, please contact gatherbytheghostlight@gmail.com to get connected with the playwright.

Nov 18

19 min 34 sec

IGNATIUS FLIVVER & THE EYE OF CTHULHU: Doctor Phineas Philpott is missing and presumed dead! But he has sent the mystical gem, The Eye of Cthulhu to his old friend Professor Kit Maroney, who is also the boon companion of hearty Victorian adventurer Ignatius Flivver, with instructions to give it to no one, especially not the Adamite Order of the Ancient Dawn. Will Ignatius triumph? Will the world be saved? Will they be betrayed from within? There's only one way to find out... Written by Don Goodrum Directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by Robb Smith, Marian Thibodeau, Adam Cowart, and Jonathan Cook Intro/Outro music: JK/47 Additional music provided by: A Time of Shadows - "All Hallows Eve", "The Treatment Room", and "Plunged Into Darkness" Gather by the Ghost Light merch available at Online Shop! If you would like to further support this podcast, please visit our Patreon page! If you are associated with a theatre and would like to perform the stage version of this play, please contact gatherbytheghostlight@gmail.com to get connected with the playwright.

Oct 15

24 min 19 sec

THE SHED: Jimmy has  a secret that he's burning to tell to his best friend, Charlie - that his mama keeps a witch chained up in their shed! Charlie wants Jimmy to prove it by showing, but that may not be such a good idea... Written by Joanne Greene Directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by Luke Romagnoli, Amelia Oswald, Courtney Prouty, Roland Brune, Rosalie Brune, Jonathan Cook, and Joanne Greene. Intro/Outro music: JK/47 Additional music provided by: A Time of Shadows - "All Hallows Eve" from their upcoming album releasing on Oct 7th! Maxime Herve - "Bring to Light" Shahead Mostafafar - "Into the Next Dimension" The Hazelnuts - "Something Good" Gather by the Ghost Light merch available at Online Shop! If you would like to further support this podcast, please visit our Patreon page! If you are associated with a theatre and would like to perform the stage version of this play, please contact gatherbytheghostlight@gmail.com to get connected with the playwright.

Oct 1

23 min 7 sec

REMEMBERED: Walls are diaries and rooms have desires. In the buying and selling of a house, two people discover what's truly at stake and the power of finding love through loss. Written by John Mabey Directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by Christy Roosma and Jaye Starkes 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 our Patreon page! If you are associated with a theatre and would like to perform the stage version of this play, please contact gatherbytheghostlight@gmail.com to get connected with the playwright.

Sep 17

17 min 16 sec

PEOPLE WILL TALK: Two strangers meet on a building ledge, where they ponder life, and the choreography of jumping. Written by Scott Mullen Directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by Erica Garraffa and Jason Latimer Intro/Outro music: JK/47 If you would like to further support this podcast, please visit our Patreon page! If you are associated with a theatre and would like to perform the stage version of this play, please contact gatherbytheghostlight@gmail.com to get connected with the playwright.

Aug 19

11 min 22 sec

DOCTORS & LAWYERS (1st Edition Rules): Imagine an alternate reality where ruthless Barbarians, powerful Wizards, and cunning Thieves dive into the Fantasy Corporate World with the hit roleplaying game DOCTORS & LAWYERS (1st Edition Rules). Join game master Xandor the Stout as he guides his compatriots through the latest expansion "The 14th Floor Human Resources Dept". Written by David Strauss Directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by Robb Smith, Brandon Brune, Nicole Swanson, and Brie Hayes Intro/Outro music: JK/47 If you would like to further support this podcast, please visit our Patreon page! If you are associated with a theatre and would like to perform the stage version of this play, please contact gatherbytheghostlight@gmail.com to get connected with the playwright.

Jul 8

19 min 15 sec

LOVE IN THE TIME OF COVID: Thanks to COVID-19, Melanie and Alan are down on their luck. They have 86 bucks in their bank account, their rent is due, and neither has a job. They argue in front of Anthony’s Italian Cuisine, a restaurant that needs a dishwasher. Melanie has a plan (sort of), but Alan resists.   Written by Rick Davis Directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by Dixie Dawson and Danny Bussey   If you are associated with a theatre and would like to perform the stage version of this play, please contact gatherbytheghostlight@gmail.com to get connected with the playwright.

Jun 4

13 min 11 sec

MOTETZ DAM: A couple are having their first romantic home cooked meal. When an allergic reaction breaks the atmosphere, the question isn’t just will their relationship withstand this disastrous evening, but will either of them survive the night.   Written by Devon McSherry Directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by Devon McSherry, Jonathan Cook, and Christy Roosma   If you are associated with a theatre and would like to perform the stage version of this play, please contact gatherbytheghostlight@gmail.com to get connected with the playwright.

May 10

19 min 44 sec

BACKSEAT DRIVER: Darcy isn't happy when a drunk woman climbs into the back of her car, thinking it's an Uber. But as they chat, it turns out that all is not what it seems.   Written by Scott Mullen Directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by Marian Thibodeau and Chelsea Mahoney   If you are associated with a theatre and would like to perform the stage version of this play, please contact gatherbytheghostlight@gmail.com and we'll put you in touch with the playwright.

Apr 19

13 min 37 sec

FINDING HELP: Daphne and her Mother are at loggerheads concerning assisted living or bringing in a caregiver. When Daphne tries to solve the problem, she is surprised by her Mother's attitude.   Written by Marj O'Neill-Butler Directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by Christy Roosma, Pepper Wren, and Marty Matfess   If you are associated with a theatre and would like to perform the stage version of this play, please contact gatherbytheghostlight@gmail.com and we'll put you in touch with the playwright.

Apr 5

9 min 52 sec

COASTER: An anxious woman goes on a roller coaster with her boyfriend, but she turns out to have ulterior motives. Romantic Comedy. Written by Scott Mullen Directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by Marian Thibodeau, Ben Evans, and Jason Latimer If you are associated with a theatre and would like to perform the stage version of this play, please contact gatherbytheghostlight@gmail.com and we'll put you in touch with the playwright.

Mar 15

7 min 38 sec

DON'T CALL ME CUPID: Katie is completely smitten with a new man in her life and is eager to show him off to her roommate. Love takes a tragic backseat, however, when the god of love, Eros (aka Cupid), appears and accidentally shoots her new boyfriend with the wrong arrow. Dark Comedy.   Written and directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by Paige Blackcloud, Kate Dailey, and Jonathan Cook   If you are associated with a theatre and would like to perform the stage version of this play, please contact gatherbytheghostlight@gmail.com and we'll put you in touch with the playwright.

Feb 14

19 min 20 sec

BEATRIX POTTER MUST DIE!: A desperate farmer travels back in time for a drastic solution to his plague of rabbits. A funny tale that offers a possible origin story to "The Tale of Peter Rabbit".   Written by Patrick Gabridge Produced and directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by Nicole Swanson and Ryan Abel   If you are associated with a theatre and would like to perform the stage version of this play, please contact gatherbytheghostlight@gmail.com and we'll put you in touch with the playwright.

Jan 22

12 min

THE INAUGURAL FIRST TIME EVER FESTIVE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SPECIAL EXTRAVAGANZA FEATURING CHRISTMAS AND CHRISTMAS RELATED THINGS! DIGITAL CHRISTMAS: Santa Claus is ready to retire and has launched a new online store to help aid in the process, but when the website crashes on Christmas Eve and all the orders get mixed up, he scrambles to make things right.   Written and directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by Robb Smith, Beth McGowan Goolsby, and Dixie Dawson.   If you are associated with a theatre and would like to perform the stage version of this play, please contact gatherbytheghostlight@gmail.com and we'll put you in touch with the playwright.

Dec 2020

20 min 47 sec

JUST DESSERTS: Three co-workers unmask and deal with a fellow employee who has been stealing other people's food from the company lunchroom.   Written by David MacGregor Directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by Chelsea Mahoney, Tommy Cooper, Marian Thibodeau, and Brandon Dawson.   If you are associated with a theatre and would like to perform the stage version of this play, please contact gatherbytheghostlight@gmail.com and we'll put you in touch with the playwright.

Nov 2020

12 min 43 sec

Episode 5: THE TEAR IN THE ROOF: On this night, a married couple is celebrating their wedding anniversary in their home as a heavy storm brews outside. What they aren't expecting is the unimaginable horror that comes crashing through their roof.   Written and directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by Kate Dailey, Krys Bailey, Susan Willis, and Paige Blackcloud.   If you have any questions or feedback, please shoot us a message at gatherbytheghostlight@gmail.com. 

Oct 2020

13 min 41 sec

Episode 4: A PLAY BY THEODORE JANUS: Playwright, Theodore Janus, visits an actress that is performing one of his plays the day before they close the show. He tries to convince her to change the ending for the final performance – to turn her character’s tragic death into a finale where she survives. Free will versus a scripted fate.    Written and directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by Rebekah Robeson, Pepper Wren, and Jonathan Cook   If you are associated with a theatre and would like to perform the stage version of this play, please contact gatherbytheghostlight@gmail.com and we'll put you in touch with the playwright.

Sep 2020

12 min 23 sec

TRANSFERRING KYLE: A glimpse “behind the scenes” of the life of Kyle Henley. He is not on the right path in life, so it is decided by management that he must be replaced by another version of himself.   Written and directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by Brandon Brune, Meredith Boylan, and Patrick Boylan.   If you are associated with a theatre and would like to perform the stage version of this play, please contact gatherbytheghostlight@gmail.com and we'll put you in touch with the playwright.

Aug 2020

12 min 20 sec

MEMENTO MORI: It’s the mid 1800’s and a post mortem photographer who has a mystical ability to reanimate the recently deceased is conflicted with a dark secret revealed to him by the corpse of a teenage girl. Drama. Written and directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by Ben Evans, Amelia Oswald, and Amy Patton. If you are associated with a theatre and would like to perform the stage version of this play, please contact gatherbytheghostlight@gmail.com and we'll put you in touch with the playwright.

Jul 2020

15 min

SETTLE AND REACH: Botanist Adam Wilson has been chosen for a colonization mission to a new planet. The program administrators conducted a mate matching assessment for this one-way trip and paired him with a lovely fellow scientist. She has a secret, however, that is rather unsettling to Adam. Science Fiction.  Written and directed by Jonathan Cook Performed by Jaye Starkes, Elizabeth Canas, and Jessica Yu.  If you are associated with a theatre and would like to perform the stage version of this play, please contact gatherbytheghostlight@gmail.com and we'll put you in touch with the playwright.

Mar 2020

15 min 17 sec