Jonathan Cook

Jonathan Cook

Jonathan Cook is an award-winning playwright and film-maker based in South Carolina. Many of his stage plays have been produced around the World and he's a four-time recipient of the Porter Fleming Literary Award. He is also the host and main writer of the podcast GATHER BY THE GHOST LIGHT. Launched in 2020, GATHER BY THE GHOST LIGHT is a collection of his stage plays adapted to an audio only format...
Jonathan Cook is an award-winning playwright and film-maker based in South Carolina. Many of his stage plays have been produced around the World and he's a four-time recipient of the Porter Fleming Literary Award. He is also the host and main writer of the podcast GATHER BY THE GHOST LIGHT. Launched in 2020, GATHER BY THE GHOST LIGHT is a collection of his stage plays adapted to an audio only format performed by voice actors and edited with appropriate sound effects and music. For more info, please visit jonathanrcook.com

Plays

  • A Play by Theodore Janus
    Playwright, Theodore Janus, visits an actress that is performing one of his plays the day before they close the show. He tries to convince her to change the ending for the final performance – to turn her character’s tragic death into a finale where she survives. Free will versus a scripted fate. (approx 10 mins)
  • Celebration of the Fox Moon
    A celebratory dinner party is disrupted by two uncompromising criminals that break in looking for a hideout from police on their tail.
  • Don't Call Me Cupid
    Katheryn is completely smitten with a new man in her life and is eager to show him off to her roommate. Love takes a tragic backseat, however, when the god Eros (aka Cupid) appears and accidentally shoots her new boyfriend with the wrong arrow. Dark Comedy. (approx 20 mins - a 10 min version is also available)
  • Kingdumb
    Kingdumb is a fun story full of absurdist humor and illogical behavior. There’s a new King in the land that has initiated a mysterious new tax on the citizens. Outraged, the region’s finest Clock fixer, aka “Time Repair Specialist”, recruits some of the most unlikely rebels to help him develop a plan to overthrow the King. Their plotting takes them on a comedic journey through perilous mountain tops all the way...
    Kingdumb is a fun story full of absurdist humor and illogical behavior. There’s a new King in the land that has initiated a mysterious new tax on the citizens. Outraged, the region’s finest Clock fixer, aka “Time Repair Specialist”, recruits some of the most unlikely rebels to help him develop a plan to overthrow the King. Their plotting takes them on a comedic journey through perilous mountain tops all the way to the palace itself where they confront this vile King face to face. Medieval comedy. *large diverse cast with many roles that can be gender swapped; great opportunity for highschools and universities
  • Lobster Man
    Mark and Christa are trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world, feeling certain that they are the last two people on the planet. That reality is shattered when a stranger arrives at their residence and Mark is faced with the bizarre fact that this visitor is someone he created in a fairy-tale he told to Christa earlier that day. Fantasy drama. (approx 20 mins)
  • Memento Mori
    It’s the late 1800’s and a post mortem photographer who has a mystical ability to reanimate the recently deceased is conflicted with a dark secret revealed to him by the corpse of a teenage girl. Surreal drama. *Good opportunity for a teenage actress. (approx 15 mins - a 10 minute version is also available)
  • Reflections
    After the bizarre disappearance of their daughter, a man and woman are assigned to a grief counselor to help cope with their sadness, but their story leaves the counselor wondering what is fact and fiction. (approx. 10 mins)
  • State of Dominion
    Bryce discovers that he has an extreme fear of change. He’s obsessed with strict routines and they are the only thing that brings balance to his life. His fear of altering his routines becomes challenged when he has a difficult time dating a new girl in his life all because of her name.
  • That Night 'Butcher' Pete Wilcox Got Knocked Out By Jessie 'The Canon" Tesori
    World class heavyweight champion fighter, “Butcher” Pete Wilcox, is at the peak of his career – a living legend with a winning streak to brag about. He never expected, however, that his undefeated record would end in an exhibition match with Jessie “The Cannon” Tesori – a lightweight female from the women’s fighting division.
  • Transferring Kyle
    A glimpse “behind the scenes” of the life of Kyle Henley. He is not on the right path in life, so management decides that he must be replaced. Surreal comedy. (approx 10 mins)
  • When the Sun Goes Down
    Estranged sisters reconcile their differences and relive childhood memories only moments before a doom hanging over them strikes, destroying all life on Earth. Apocalyptic drama. *all female cast (approx 15 mins - a 10 minute version also available)
  • Brackish
    Six months ago, the outlaw Brackish Noble was murdered by one of his acquaintances. His sister, Cadence, has been hunting down his murderer ever since. She finally has her day and stands face to face with the felon, but revelations in their confrontation awaken her perception of what kind of man her brother really was. Perhaps Brackish deserved to die after all...or maybe his murderer is one of the best con-...
    Six months ago, the outlaw Brackish Noble was murdered by one of his acquaintances. His sister, Cadence, has been hunting down his murderer ever since. She finally has her day and stands face to face with the felon, but revelations in their confrontation awaken her perception of what kind of man her brother really was. Perhaps Brackish deserved to die after all...or maybe his murderer is one of the best con-artists the American old west has ever seen.
  • Close to Home
    A married couple are at home winding down for the night when a strange man shows up at their door claiming to be an alien from another planet in need of assistance. Since this man looks very human, they are forced to question whether he’s telling the truth or if he’s just mentally unstable.
  • The Murder Boys
    A haunting tale about three best friends that have a fascination with murder. They made that fascination a reality in their early high school days with a shared first victim. They have since gone their separate ways, but have formed a secret pact, which requires them to still meet once a year to score each other on how good they've gotten at their favorite hobby.
  • Punch-line
    Jimmy Jam thinks he is caught having an affair with Charlie’s girlfriend. Jimmy Jam finds that Charlie was actually unaware as he confesses everything. Revelations surface line by line and...punch by punch.