The Ghostlight


Sept-Dec 2020








Ghostlight Season productions include Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, a world premiere adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The Mysterious Affair at Styles, and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol adapted by Bernadette Nason (who plays more than 30 characters!). Subscription passes available for these productions now!

We also have many special events planned including our Postcards from Austin series featuring a wide variety of Austin artists and diverse voices, a one-night-only reading of our award-winning comedy Age of Arousal by Linda Griffiths, workshops, a Halloween Happy Hour, Holiday Party, and more. 

HOLMES AND WATSON by Jeffrey Hatcher | SHE LOVES ME by J. Bock, S. Harnick & J. Masteroff  | TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS  by Vardalos & Strayed I INDECENT by Paula Vogel  | ARCADIA by Tom Stoppard  | ADA AND THE ENGINE by Lauren Gunderson

Age of Arousal

By Linda Griffiths

September 27th at 7:00 pm (virtual) 

The entire original Austin Playhouse cast from our 2009 production will reunite for a one-night-only live reading. 

In Age of Arousal, Griffiths’ created a fantasy-filled re-working of George Gissing’s 19th-century novel, The Odd Women. In late 19th century England, a population imbalance had almost twice as many women as men running around London. This meant that many women would never find husbands, would never be paired; they would be odd. 

Fusing the political battle of the 19th-century suffragists with more personal struggles of sexual and gender identity, Age of Arousal creates a wholly unique world to explore love, desire, and the cost and promise of equality.

*Age of Arousal contains mature themes and frank sexual discussions that would make Jane Austen blush.

A portion of ticket sales will benefit the League of Women Voters.

Photo by Christopher Loveless

Red Hot Patriot:

The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins

By Margaret Engel and Allison Engel

October 16-18, 2020

Starring Austin Playhouse Company Member, Cyndi Williams, this acclaimed production captures the red-headed reporter’s indomitable character by weaving personal anecdotes with her colorful take on national politics. 


The Mysterious Affair at Styles 

by Agatha Christie

December 2020

Inimitable detective Hercule Poirot makes his first appearance in this classic Agatha Christie mystery. The story begins when Hastings, an affable World War I vet, is recuperating at the beautiful Styles Court. A colorful cast of characters inhabit Styles and they welcome Hastings, but when the lady of the manor is found poisoned, suspicion falls on everyone. Luckily Hastings is also friends with Poirot and the Belgian detective sets out at once to find the murderer!


Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol 

Adapted and performed by Bernadette Nason

December 2020

Celebrating the holiday season with award-winning actress, storyteller, and author Bernadette Nason, as she reprises her one-woman version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Using Dickens’ own abridged version, Nason vividly brings the holiday classic to life, portraying over thirty characters in one hour.  


Postcards from Austin

October 2020-March 2021

New play development will be served by our virtual theatre project, Postcards from Austin. This three-part project including Postcards, Postscripts, and Post-its speaks to our unique cultural moment and offers artists an opportunity to directly address the challenges of the present as well as hopes, fears, and dreams for the future. The Postcards are short plays from a wide variety of voices in Austin's artistic community. Postscripts are interviews with participating artists conducted after their Postcards premiere. The Post-its are brief, documentary-style glimpses into the lives of folks around Austin with a goal of representing all Austin zip codes. All content in the Postcards from Austin project will be free to access. 


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. 

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