Ghost Light / Conundrum Stages Returns With Weekly Readings

The Ghost Light Series returns with different performances of theatrical readings at 8 p.m. each Tuesday next month beginning July 10 under the auspices of Conundrum Stages. Admission is free but donations are accepted.

This year’s edition will focus on the work of other small theater companies in the region, performing at Empire Stage, 1140 NE Flagler Drive in Fort Lauderdale. Featured will be White Rose Miami, AAPACT and Outre’ Theatre Company. Local theater artists Elizabeth Garrard and James Carrey  also will read their own works.

Established in November 2004, the Ghost Light Series was an independent project in which local stage actors read classic and contemporary works by established playwrights, including The Children’s Hour, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Cherry Orchard and Death of a Salesman. To broaden the scope of performances, the series began operating under the name Conundrum Stages, said spokesman Kevin Johnson.

For more information, call Empire Stage at (954) 678-1496 or visit

The scheduled works:

July 10: In Process: An Evening Of Original Stories

Coming off its production of David Auburn’s Proof  last year, the tiny White Rose Miami will share excerpts from stories it is preparing for future presentations. Among the pieces: Low Tide, a short film, and Nightmares of a Loving World, an original full-length play. Founders Ivan Lopez and Melissa Almaguer will preside over the stories.

July 17: The Amen Corner by James Baldwin

The African-American Performing Arts Community Theater (AAPACT) will read this classic story about a pastor who is devoted to keeping her houses in order (those of her congregation and her family). When her estranged husband returns to reconnect with their son, past and present collide. The Amen Corner illuminates the power of love as it tells a tragic story: the price of being human.

July 24:Dog Sees God: Confessions Of A Teenage Blockhead, by Bert V. Royal

Concluding a pre-season introducing themselves to the local audiences, Outre Theatre Company will bring this dark reboot of a classic comic strip to life. C.B., Van, their sister and Tricia York go through their teenage years battling drug use, suicide, and violence in this contemporary drama.

July 31: Play 90: An Evening Of One-Acts

Local theater artists Elizabeth Garrard and James Carrey will direct and read their works; Knee Deep in Teaghlach (Garrard) is a study on a dysfunctional Irish family and how they cope losing their patriarch while Shooting Gallery (Carrey) focuses on art, perception, and chemistry: a juxtaposition of how we desire to have our opinions heard, and what we will sacrifice in order to have them accepted.

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