A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens, adapted by Gregory A. Falls
Directed by Allison Narver
Previews: November 26–27, 2010
Opens: November 28, 2010
Closes: December 26, 2010
$22 to $47 (discounts available for children age 5 – 12 and seniors 65 and over)
*prices vary depending on Peak and Non-Peak performances.
Discounts for groups of 20 or more are available by calling (253) 839-4204.
Ticket Office: (206) 292-7676
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 12 noon - 7 p.m.
700 Union Street, Seattle WA 98101
Seattle, WA – November 16, 2010 – ACT – A Contemporary Theatre presents its 35th anniversary production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted by Gregory A. Falls. This year, A Christmas Carol is directed by Allison Narver (The Female of the Species, Eurydice, Clean House) and features both Mark Chamberlin (2007) and Seán G. Griffin (’95, ’96, ’98, ‘02, ’05, and 2008) returning to the role of Scrooge!
A true Seattle holiday tradition since 1976, ACT’s A Christmas Carol adaptation follows the original Dickens tale and takes audiences along on Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformational journey. As relevant now as it was when it was originally written and staged, it continues to remind us what’s really worth celebrating – at the holidays, or any time.
“Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of the world’s most loved stories. It has been retold, adapted, updated, cartooned, turned into musicals and ads, chopped and hashed and consumed in just about every way imaginable. And yet, its great power to move and entertain endures,” said ACT Artistic Director Kurt Beattie. “What is often forgotten, however, is the original impulse that drove Dickens to write the story in 1843. Scrooge is, in fact, a symbol of England. And Dickens was saying that the nightmare of poverty and social injustice that the Spirits force Scrooge to experience could destroy the country if they are not addressed. This is the lesson that always hits me when the wonderful moment of mounting our production returns each season: love, and compassion, and fellow feeling are not only the right things for us to feel and act on — they are necessary for our survival.”
“It is a profound pleasure to work on a project in which generosity, kindness and compassion overcome bitter apathy, cruelty and greed,” said Narver. “I’ve grown up watching this play; it truly illustrates that redemption is possible. That it’s never too late to learn to change our lives for the better. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to direct this Seattle treasure and carry the tradition forward.”
A Christmas Carol runs November 26 through December 26, 2010. A Christmas Carol is recommended for ages five and up.