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Albany Park’s Ghostlight Theater Opens Newest Season With Virtual ‘Holiday Cabernet’

The 2020-2021 virtual season will emphasize lifting up disenfranchised voices in theatre.

Ghostlight Ensemble's production of "Krampus!" in 2016.
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ALBANY PARK — Ghostlight Theater’s fourth season will begin next month with its annual Holiday Cabernet.

Now in its third year, this year’s virtual production will feature an evening emceed by Coco Sho-Nell, a Chicago-based drag performer with roots in musical theatre who will spend the evening indulging in some holiday spirits while hilarity ensues.

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Coco Sho-Nell

The Dec. 12 event will feature Ghostlight performers, emerging artists and surprise guests in acts such as Improvised Jane Austen, Comedy Dance Collective and more.

Tickets can be purchased here. Price of admission is “pay what you will,” with a minimum of $5 and the average donation for such virtual events being $15. By donating, more people can help offset the cost for those who can’t afford to give.

Ghostlight also is bringing back its popular vendor area in a virtual format so people can peruse the online offerings before, during and after the show.

This season the company will present its offerings online, with the hope of moving back to the stage in the summer of 2021.

“We’re all diving into unknown territory with our medium moving into a digital world, but ultimately that unknown is what Ghostlight has been about since the beginning,” said Miona Lee, one of the co-artistic directors.

Ghostlight will also launch its new reading series next year, For Your (Re)Consideration.

The series will will explore works of historically overlooked female playwrights featuring distinct voices and styles from different historical periods.

The virtual readings will be scheduled throughout the season and seek to bring attention to women who have been sidelined by history because of their gender and, in many cases, their race.

“The landscape of theatre is rapidly changing,” said Kayla White, Ghostlight’s other co-artistic director, who took over the role this year.

“I’m really looking forward to leading Ghostlight to be a force of positive change in the Chicago theatre scene, to dismantle old traditions and build an inclusive, anti-racist and safe place to create theatre together.”

Ghostlight will again present Make/Believe in June, a curated festival of short plays by playwrights from around the country geared towards children 10 and under. Last year’s performances sold out and this year the Albany Park theater plans to offer both a virtual version and live, outdoor version, as health guidelines permit. 

Plays are currently being solicited and script selection will be made in early January. Playwrights interested in submitting to the festival can find more details on the Ghostlight website.

“I honestly don’t know how we’ll see Ghostlight evolve over the next year,” Lee said. “I can tell you that we will never stop pushing to ask the tough questions and bring our audiences thought-provoking work.”

Find out more about Ghostlight Ensemble and the entire 2020-2021 season at GhostlightEnsemble.com.

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