By Tom Mula
Directed by Justin Golding
What if Scrooge weren’t the only one of Dickens’ characters who needs a bit of Christmas salvation? This take on the classic tale comes from Jacob Marley’s experiences, his point of view, and his own desire to free himself of his chains.
In the original Christmas Carol, Jacob Marley appears briefly as a messenger from the depths to forewarn Scrooge of three important visitors and potential redemption, if only he pays heed to what the spirits have to say. But why was Jacob Marley the messenger? Perhaps he knew what Scrooge was in for because he was in the midst of it already.
Join us for this twist on a classic holiday story, where four local actors play the well-loved—and less-loved—characters we all know.
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December 22 • Thursday • 7:30 p.m.
December 23 • Thursday • 7:30 p.m.
December 24 • Saturday • 7:30 p.m.
Gala Closing Party with light refreshments, hot cider, and festivities:
December 24 • 3 p.m. • $30
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From the author, Tom Mula:
"Scrooge? I have to redeem old Scrooge? The one man I knew who was worse than I was? Impossible!"
So begins the real story behind Dickens’ A Christmas Carol—the story of Jacob Marley's heroic behind-the-scenes efforts to save old Scrooge's soul—and in the process, save his own. Aided by a Bogle, a malicious little hell-sprite with an agenda of his own, their hilarious journey takes them from the Jaws of Death to the Mouth of Hell—and beyond! This irreverent, funny, and ultimately, deeply moving story retells Dickens’ classic with warmth and infectious zest. This thrilling performance is sure to become a holiday classic for generations to come!
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol played for two seasons at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. The show was nominated for four Joseph Jefferson Awards and received an After Dark Award and the Goodman School of Drama's Cunningham Prize for Playwriting. The play has since been performed to rave reviews and standing ovations in theaters across the country, including Cincinnati Shakespeare, American Stage Festival, Delaware Rep, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Stages Repertory in Houston, North Coast Rep, Third Avenue Playhouse, Sage Theatre Group, and the 1894 Opera House. For seven seasons, it has been broadcast nationally on NPR.