In Michael Hollinger’s Ghost-Writer, the literary title takes on a literal undertone: When Franklin Woolsey dies in the midst of dictating his novel, his secretary, Myra, continues to type, loading up the play with questions about love, loyalty, ambition and plagiarism. It’s a three-person drama, in which the concept of ghostwriting becomes a palpable dummy in the room. And the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company is pulling some aces out of its sleeve to bring the theme to life. Not only does the show mark BETC member Josh Hartwell’s company debut as a director, but it also brings an acclaimed actress, Laura Norman, back to the local stage in the meaty role of Myra, after a long absence.
“We’re lucky to lure her back to stage in a significant role,” notes BETC’s Stephen Weitz of Norman, who thinks Ghost-Writer’s bookish theme suits the company’s Boulder audience. “People will find it a lovely and unusual romance that’s kind of a non-traditional, neat invitation to look at how people fall in love with each other — and with each other’s creativity, as much as anything else.”
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Ghost-Writer opens tonight with a $15 preview performance at 7:30 p.m. at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder, and continues Thursdays through Sundays through February 16; regular tickets range from $19 to $25. For reservations and information, go to www.betc.org.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 4 p.m. Starts: Jan. 31. Continues through Feb. 16, 2013