Thursday, May 9, 2013

Reflections on the Ghost Light

The Ghostlight is one of the great metaphors of the theater. It is the light left on to guard the stage at night when no one is there. It is the beacon that prevents the first to arrive from tripping over the scenery or falling into the orchestra pit on their way to turn on the lights. But it is also the light by which the theater ghosts perform their plays at night while no one living is watching.

Whether the ghosts are real or just the shadows of the emotion and energy of past productions, their spirit is real. It is the spirit that is shared by every actor and audience member that come to partake in the ritual of live performance. A sense of belonging to something larger than yourself and the quest to probe deeper into the mythology that we all share as members of the human race.

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