GHOST Unit The Live Event performed at the Region 6 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival February 24-27. We received the 2022 National Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Award for Innovative Theatrical Experience and Meritorious Achievement Nominations for Outstanding Ensemble, Support of New Work. and Irene Ryan Acting Nominations for Jaime Hotaling and Campbell Duffy.
Your favorite DIY ghost hunters, Charlotte, Alfonzo, and Gayev from GHOST Unit are holding a one-time only live paranormal investigation of a haunted orchard for their Kickstarter supporters. In this devised hybrid theatrical workshop inspired by Anton Chekhov’s 1904 play The Cherry Orchard, attend online using a Zoom link or in real life at one of three green-screen theaters. Dance numbers, puppets, original songs, and digital magic all come together to expose invisible forces at work. Do you have the courage to venture into the unknown?
Created by Campbell Duffy, Dane Parker, Jaime Hotaling, Harrison Jones, Oskar Brian, Jessica Workman, CB Goodman, and Sergio Costola.
GHOST Unit The Live Event is a collaboration between Grackle Jack Productions and Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Currently in development it will have its international premiere in August at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Sign up to receive details and tickets on upcoming workshop performances as we prepare to take this show overseas.
2 min video on our process
Filmed and edited by Sergio Costola
Voiced by Dane Parker
Campbell Duffy - Charlotte
Campbell Duffy, an actor, designer, and creator. She is currently in her senior year at Southwestern University. Campbell has appeared in many productions in her time at Southwestern including Heathers, The Wolves, Little Women, Everybody, and American La Ronde. She was also the Costume Designer for Bright Star in Spring of 2021.
Jaime Hotaling - Gayev
Jaime Hotaling is a creator, deviser, and an actress. She is a junior at Southwestern University, where she studies stage management and design. Her latest project was head lighting designer for She Kills Monsters at Southwestern University.
Dane Parker - Alfonzo
Dane Parker is an actor, creator, devised theater maker, and veteran in their final year of undergraduate theatre at Southwestern University. Recently they performed in Annie Jump And The Library of Heaven in Austin, Texas directed by Marcus McQuirter and Rudy Ramirez and as Miles in She Kills Monsters. They are also SAFD certified in multiple weapons for stage combat with fight master Dr. Michael Hill-Kirkland.
Oscar Brian - Invisible Labor for Campbell
Oskar Brian, a senior at Southwestern University, is a designer and a performer with interest in studio art and devising new works for theatre. They recently performed in the Southwestern main stage fall season as Tilly in She Kills Monsters, directed by Marcus McQuirter.
Harrison Ray Jones - Invisible Labor for Jaime
Harrison Ray Jones is a deviser, actor, and a maker. He is a junior at Southwestern University where he studies performance and sound design. He recently performed as a puppeteer in Southwestern's fall production of She Kills Monsters.
Jessica Workman - Invisible Labor for Dane
Jessica Workman is a director, playwright, performer, and theater maker studying and exploring how to make theater for a new era. She is in her final year at Southwestern University where she studies techniques and theatrical strategies to write, produce, and direct new and classical work that relates to the world we live in today.
Sergio Costola - Head Producer/Dramaturg
Sergio Costola is a Corbin Robertson, Jr. Endowed Professor and Associate Professor of Theatre at the Sarofim School of Fine Arts (Southwestern University), where he teaches Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, and Critical Studies. He holds a PhD from UCLA and a BA Magna Cum Laude from the University of Bologna in his native Italy. He previously taught at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University. He is the author of Commedia dell’Arte Scenarios (Routledge, 2021) and Shakespeare in Succession: Translation and Time (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2022) and has published articles on Italian Renaissance theatre, African American theatre, and dramaturgy.
CB Goodman - Producer/Director/Designer
CB Goodman is the Artistic Director and founder of Grackle Jack Productions based in Austin, Texas that specializes in creating new theatrical performance that incorporates disparate source materials, original writing, clown, bouffon, drag, historical events, and objects. Her work as a director, writer, designer, performer and puppeteer has been presented at venues in Austin, New Orleans, Charlotte, and New York City. Her current project, NOBODY is a one person show using puppetry inflatables, clown, music, and investigates the voices left out of religious texts.