Shawn Wright, Photo by Leif Norman
In 2014, actor Shawn Wright spent as much time as he could with his dying mother, Regina, a self-described amateur actress “of some renown”, who, Shawn says, taught him everything he knows about theatre. Together they would watch her favourite show, Murder She Wrote, during which there would be no conversation countenanced. But in the commercial breaks, Regina shared some of the most hilarious and poignant moments of her life with Shawn. Now her son, playing both himself and his larger-than-life mother, gives his mom the “professional stage debut” she never got in life.
“Ghost Light is a genuinely touching, heartfelt experience. Wright proves himself to be an enthralling storyteller every moment of the performance. His devotion to honouring his mother’s memory is paramount, and is ultimately what carries the play, through both comedic tales and somber reflections.” – The East Magazine
"Shawn's mom was an outrageous personality, with a passion for acting that she passed on to her son. This play is his opporunity, in a way, to share the stage with her, and to celebrate their relationship."
4⭐️ “... an enchantingly self-aware story about grief, loss, gratitude and grace that unfolds through the stories Wright tells as he brings his late mother, Regina, to life through her stories and humour.” -Winnipeg Free Press
"...a sweet and touching sendoff to a remarkable woman — and a worthy tribute to a formidable spirit." - CBC Manitoba
"It was an amazing and very moving performance. And also a story that seems close to my heart. I could see Shawn doing that show over and over again. I don't think I blinked once. I was so into his performance." – Tim M.
"I know there’s a lot of theatre in this town right now, but make the time to see GHOST LIGHT at @PrairieTheatre. It’s remarkable storytelling, and so unbelievably needed in this mad world right now. Shawn + @adptexchange + whole team have set up a clinic. Go get treated." – Rod B.
"Absolutely spellbound by 'Ghost Light' at @PrairieTheatre. Incredibly well written, and masterfully delivered. I spent my entire walk home thinking about the symbolism in that play and, honestly, I am just in awe at how well-crafted that was." – Matt S.
"Yet another winner at PTE - it was very moving and superbly voiced - terrific presentation." – Leslie K.