Ghost Light Directed
John Stimpson USA / 2018 / 101 minutes East Coast Premiere
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Q&A Attendees *subject to change: John Stimpson, Geoffrey Taylor
Something is rotten in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts as a resentful understudy unleashes the curse of Macbeth upon his dysfunctional theatre troupe. While the actors prepare for their production of the “Scottish Play,” love triangles and intergroup rivalries abound, resulting in an opening night where nothing is as it seems. Taking inspiration from director John Stimpson’s time in Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals and co-written by veteran producer Geoffrey Taylor, the movie’s script draws from real life thespian superstitions and the genres of both comedy and horror. As tradition dictates, the titular lamp is supposed to illuminate an unoccupied stage in order to safeguard it from evil spirits. Will its inevitable snuffing doom the rag-tag Shakespeareans? Starring an ensemble cast that includes Roger Bart, Tom Riley , Shannyn Sossamon, Carol Kane, and Cary Elwes, Ghost Light is a film that’s just as likely to make you giggle as it is to make you jump out of your seat. —Avery Davenport
BIO: John Stimpson is a Massachusetts-based filmmaker dedicated to building the industry in his home state. A graduate of Harvard College and former president of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, he did a stint in LA before returning home and building his career in Boston and now Worcester, MA. With 12 features under his belt as director and many others as writer, editor, producer or consultant, Stimpson believes that motion pictures are the ultimate collaborative creative medium, and that the work is too difficult for it not to be fun.
Cast/Featuring: Roger Bart, Tom Riley, Shannyn Sossamon, Carol Kane, Cary Elwes
Executive Producer(s): Jennifer Chisholm, William Earon
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