Real Dead Ghosts – Toronto Fringe Press Release 2014

From Press Release

NYC-Based Shelby Company Makes International Debut With Award-Winning Real Dead Ghosts

Shelby Company is proud to announce the Canadian premiere of Real Dead Ghosts at the 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival. Graham and Amber are a young married couple who promise to spend their anniversary in a secluded cabin away from work, friends and other distractions. But disappointments, secrets and regrets bubble to the surface when they’re haunted by past choices and future responsibilities. A modern day ghost story. Unfinished business kind of shit.

Real Dead Ghosts is written by award-winning playwright Jonathan A. Goldberg (Sousepaw) and directed by Courtney Ulrich (White Hot). The cast features Lara Hillier (EXIT/ENTRANCE) and Nathaniel Kent (Trevor). The design team includes April Bartlett (scenic), Deanna Frieman (costumes), Kevin Brouder (sound) and Dan Henry (lighting). It is produced by Shelby Company. It premiered at the 2014 FRIGID New York Festival to sold-out houses and was awarded the Audience Choice Award.

Real Dead Ghosts will play at Venue #9 – The Robert Gill Theatre, located at 214 College St., 3rdFloor  (St. George St. Entrance) on Wednesday, July 2 at 7:00pmThursday, July 3 at 10:30pm,Sunday, July 6 at 5:45pmWednesday, July 9 at 12:15pmThursday, July 10 at 5:45pmFriday, July 11 at 9:45pm, and Saturday, July 12 at 8:45pm.

Tickets are $10 for General Admission, $8 for Students/Seniors. Tickets go onsale on June 16, 2014 and can be purchased by visiting or calling the Toronto Fringe Box Office at (416) 966-1062 x1. For more information about the show and the producing company please visit

Jonathan A. Goldberg (playwright) has had work seen at HERE, Ars Nova, Dixon Place, The Public Theater and many other venues.  His play The Jew and the Demon won the Rita and Burton Prize for Theater.  His short work was featured at Ephemerama at the Magnet Theater and he won the Israel Baron Award for How to Shoot a Bull Moose. He’s had plays developed by the Inkwell in Washington DC and won the 2013 In Process Short Play Festival at Hudson Valley Shakespeare.  His playSousepaw has received critical acclaim around the country. He is a contributor to #serials at The Flea. He won the 2012 L Magazine short fiction contest and has an MFA in playwrighting from NYU Tisch.

Courtney Ulrich (director) is a New York-based Director. Recent credits include Tommy Smith’s White Hot and #serials at The Flea Theater where she is a Resident Director. In New York, she has worked with New Dramatists, Target Margin Theater, The Foundry Theatre, Rising Circle Rep, The Culture Project and Powerhouse/NYSAF at Vassar College, in LA with Cornerstone Theater Company, and in DC with Sojourn Theatre Company and Arena Stage.

Shelby Company was founded in December 2008 in NYC. They are a playwright-centric theatre company devoted to creating new works for the stage. Over the past five years they have produced over a dozen original works in nine US states. Selected productions include Fallsway (MN Fringe 2013); Font of Knowledge (MN Fringe 2012); Sousepaw: A Baseball Story (17 Frost Space, Brooklyn 2013; MN Fringe, IndyFringe and SF Fringe 2011); The Land Whale Murders (Theatre 3, 2010); The Luck of the IbisThe Mike and Morgan Show and You May Be Splendid Now (Access Theatre 2010); My Father Is A Tetris Game (HERE Arts, 2009); Winnemucca (three days in the belly) (San Jose Stage, MN Fringe and FringeNYC 2009); and New Beulah (The Creek and the Cave, Planet Connections 2009; The Pear Ave. Theatre 2010). As well as full-length productions, Shelby Company has produced a monthly comedy show, Ephemerama, which has amassed nearly 100 short comedic plays and played to sold-out houses all over the USA.