Ghost on Fire
Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 7m, 5f
"A poignant play suffused with humor.... A witty and rueful elegy for a generation weaned on such high idealism, learning that there are limitations to life." - New York Times
"We don't have a more fluent playwright than Michael Weller." - LA Times
Director Dan Rittman showed dazzling promise in school, but the Hollywood scene proves much more challenging. Dan suffers a breakdown and eventually quits film-making, when the hilarious and irreverent cameraman, Neil Toomie, approaches Dan with a horror film to direct. Neil is unaware that he has a brain tumor, and Dan does not recognize how abandoning his dreams has poisoned his life. Together, the two embark on a journey to make a low-budget movie, which ultimately brings them to a moment of reckoning and reconciliation.
"A poignant play suffused with humor.... A witty and rueful elegy for a generation weaned on such high idealism, learning that there are limitations to life." - N.Y. Times.
"We don't have a more fluent playwright than Michael Weller." - L.A. Times.
"Weller manages to cry out from deep inside his generation's soul." - Chicago Tribune.
"Exhilarating." - Chicago Daily Herald.
"Weller's work, one suspects, will outlast most of his more voguish contemporaries." - Variety.
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary
- Duration: 105 Minutes
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
DANIEL RITTMAN - a teacher, late 30's
LAUREL - a graduate student, early 20's
NEIL TOOMIE - a camera operator, late 30's
JULIA RITTMAN - Dan's wife, mid-30's
TOM COOPER - soap opera star, late 30's
RALPH - dissolute English doctor/poet, 40's
ADEN PALTZ - philosopher, early 40's
MICHELLE-MARIE - Neil's wife, mid-20's
GINA - Avram's comapanion
AVRAM SCHENKER - Israeli millionaire, 40's
NATHAN BERGER - rural black man, mid-70's
NURSE (may double with Gina)