Read Into the Light

The Ghost Light Series came to fruition almost ten years ago by county library worker Kevin Johnson and a group of literary friends who got together to read plays at full length at different libraries and community centers across South Florida. Last year, the same group branded these events and made it official, and the Ghost Light Series was born. Entering its second year, this literary festival runs for three weeks at the Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale. The event kicks off Tuesday with a reading of "The God of Vengeance," by Donald Margulies. This Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's take on Sholom Asch's 1906 Yiddish melodrama moves from Asch's native Poland to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, circa 1923. A classic morality tail of a brothel owner trying to take the fast track into high society by marrying off his 17-year-old daughter to a respected scholar, this play takes an unexpected love twist when it is revealed that the daughter is way more into the ladies. The show happens Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Empire Stage, located at 1140 N. Flagler Drive in Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Call 954-678-1496, or visit conundrumstages.net. Additional readings: - "The Eccentricities of a Nightingale" by Tennessee Williams, Monday, September 22nd - Support Your Local Playwrights; Ghost Light concludes with an evening of short plays celebrating our writing talent here in South Florida, Tuesday, September 30th
Tue., Sept. 16, 8 p.m.; Mon., Sept. 22, 8 p.m.; Tue., Sept. 30, 8 p.m., 2014