Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas

Ford’s Theatre presents Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas

Adapted by Michael Wilson with original direction by Matt August, original staging recreated by Mark Ramont and Richard Poe as Ebenezer Scrooge.

Ford’s Theatre kicks off the holiday season with its annual production of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas (November 15 – December 30) and the return of Michael Wilson’s adaptation of this beloved classic. Joining the cast this year in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge is Broadway’s Richard Poe whose credits include The Pajama Game (2006 Tony Award, Best Revival of a Musical), M. Butterfly, Moon Over Buffalo, 1776, The Dinner Party, Our Country’s Good and the films Transamerica, Born on the Fourth of July, and Presumed Innocent.

“Ford’s Theatre is thrilled to present this year’s production of A Christmas Carol and to have Richard Poe join us as Ebenezer Scrooge,” said Paul R. Tetreault, Producing Director of Ford’s Theatre. “Richard’s interpretation of this famous villain is sure to delight audiences of all ages as he reintroduces them to the meaning of this powerful story of redemption and forgiveness,” said Tetreault.

Ford’s unique production of A Christmas Carol includes “an appearance” by Charles Dickens, who visited Washington during the public reading tour of the novel. But, the spotlight shines most brightly on the three ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, who bear a striking resemblance to the victims of Scrooge’s daily wrath.

Although it is commonly referred to as A Christmas Carol, Dickens called his work A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. In his 1843 preface, he wrote, “I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly…”

In addition to Poe, other cast members include, in alphabetical order, Clinton Brandhagen as Newphew Fred/Young Scrooge; Michael Bunce as First Solicitor; Michael John Casey as Bob Cratchit; Teresa Castracane as Mrs. Fred; Elliot Dash as Fruit Vendor Bert/Ghost of Christmas Present; Jaclyn DiLauro as Belle; Carlos Gonzalez as Clock Vendor/Ghost of Christmas Future; Michael Goodwin as Jacob Marley; Bill Hensel as Mr. Fezziwig; Katie Kleiger as Martha Cratchit; Amy McWilliams as Mrs. Cratchit; Claudia Miller as Mrs. Dilber/Mrs. Fezziwig; Kip Pierson as Dick Wilkins/Topper; Suzanne Richard as Doll Vendor/Ghost of Christmas Past; Todd Scofield as Second Solicitor; and Erin Sloan as Fred’s Sister/Beggar Woman. This production of A Christmas Carol is made possible by the generous support of Sunoco, Inc., Oshkosh Truck Corporation, BellSouth Corporation, Siemens Corporation and General Motors Corporation.

During the run of A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas, Ford’s Theatre will host six Opening Act Workshops (November 29, 30; December 6, 7, 13, 14). Students and teachers explore key themes, relationships, and issues through interactive exercises, improvisation, and discussion. Opening Act Workshops are free and custom designed for most of Ford’s Theatre’s productions. For more information, call the Group Sales Office at (202) 638-2367.

Single Ticket prices $30-$55 (Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more).
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For more information on Ford’s Theatre, please call 202.347.4833 or visit http://www.fordstheatre.org.

Source: Ford’s Theatre Society

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