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Meet ‘Writing Shadows’ playwright Barry Cavin


Writing Shadows 01Ghostbird Theatre Company opens its 2017-2018 season with a special production in the Langford-Kingston Home in downtown Fort Myers. Writing Shadows centers on a St. Louis housewife by the name of Pearl Curran who began channeling a woman who lived in the 1600s after dabbling with a Ouija board one afternoon in 1913. The play was written specifically for the Langford-Kingston Home by Barry Cavin, who is Ghostbird’s Artistic Director and Professor of Theater at Florida Gulf Coast University.

The Cavin is an accomplished playwright. His last play for Ghostbird was No. 27, which he co-wrote with Ghostbird co-founder and actor Katelyn Cavin 03Gravel. No. 27 follows Creature, who is an engineer – for a miniature railway. Five days a week, Creature toots and whistles around the wooded landscape of a private park down by The Lake of Lost Thoughts. Creature finds a modicum of comfort traveling in a loop. No matter the time traveled, the track brings you back to the same spot.

In addition to No. 27, Ghostbird audiences will recall Cavin’s The Perfect Island of Dr. Teed, a trope about self-proclaimed Messiah Cyrus Teed and his followers, the Koreshans, that examined the convergence of religion, pseudo-science Cavin 04and utopian society.

Over the course of his career, Barry has designed and directed more than 40 fully-produced plays. More than a dozen of these have been staged at FGCU. FGCU TheatreLab audiences will recall The Mansion at Hangman’s Bog, a wild and hilarious comedy that opened on February 19, 2016. Wooden Mouth and The Living Blog: Apocalypse are among the other plays he has written and directed at FGCU.

From the chair, Barry’s directing credits extend to a full spectrum oCavin 02f classic and contemporary plays, including The Tempest, Agamemnon, Beyond Therapy, Exit the King, No Exit, Psychosis 4.48, Three Sisters and Woyzeck. He also directs student work. Paler Than Grass and Orphan Bunko are two of these.

In both his capacity as a theatre professor and as a playwright, Cavin seeks to build an interest in the lively art of theatre and is excited to be working again with Ghostbird Theatre Company in this new production.

October 2, 2017.


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