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Newcity: "Lives in the theater: Casting with GHOSTLIGHT's filmmaking couple"

By Ray Pride

June 11, 2024

Enter, followed by a ghost.

“Ghostlight,” the low-key but heartening new film from partners Alex Thompson and Kelly O’Sullivan is a follow-up to their Chicago-made “St. Frances” (2019), and it captures the vicissitudes of theater, family, secrets and a lot about life as well. A middle-aged construction worker, Dan (Chicago theater stalwart Keith Kupferer), and his wife and daughter haven’t reconciled a recent loss; his unlikely casting in a local production of “Romeo and Juliet,” with a Juliet who is older as well (Dolly De Leon) brings the family to elemental but necessary realizations. Life, art: they fuse.

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