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Celebrate Dickens’ Bicentennial with Olney Theatre Center’s A Christmas Carol
Olney, MD - October 22, 2012 - Olney Theatre Center favorite, Paul Morella returns to bring his unique and memorable adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas to life this holiday season. Rediscover the vibrancy and joy of this immortal classic as Dickens originally intended – in his own words – and experience his unforgettable characters and vivid imagery presented in a masterful solo performance. The production will run from November 30 through December 30, 2012 on the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab stage.
“It's unlike any version of A Christmas Carol that audiences may have seen, and yet, it is truer to the vision and ideals Dickens had in mind when he wrote the story,” says Mr. Morella. “The text is taken almost entirely from Dickens’ novella, and through an interactive combination of storytelling and theater, it is presented as he originally intended - like a tale told around a holiday fire.”
“Paul Morella's performance is astounding. It's one I look forward to seeing every year,” says Joel Markowitz, publisher of DC Metro Theater Arts, writing for BroadwayWorld.com.
This heartwarming tale of holiday redemption and renewal has garnered critical acclaim and sold-out houses, and this season’s version promises an even deeper journey into the heart of this classic morality tale. “It’s a one-person show, yes, but the real star is Dickens himself – his prose, his characterizations and his imagery,” according to Mr. Morella. “If anything, I play a Dickensian version of myself – a guide, if you will. I greet people at the door and usher them into the theater. As the narrator, sometimes I play all the characters in a scene, and sometimes the narrative comes from Scrooge. It’s a pop-up book come to life.”
DC Theatre Scene calls this production, “inspired, deeply-felt...Spell binding...not to be missed.”
First published December 1843, A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas remains one of the more enduring holiday traditions. While it tells of the redemptive transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge, after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s late business partner, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come, there are many surprising aspects found only in the original story. “This is not the overly sentimental version people are accustomed to,” says Mr. Morella, “it is the true story – compassionate, intimate and heartwarming - as Dickens intended it to be experienced. It remains as fresh, resonant and relevant today as it was in Dickens’ era. Besides, everyone loves a good ghost story.”
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas is made possible in part by contributions from production sponsors James Pape and Nancy Newman-Pape.
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas
By Charles Dickens
Adapted and Performed by Paul Morella
November 30 – December 30, 2012
Press Night: Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 7:30pm
Performances are Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30pm; matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm; Wednesday matinees on December 19 and 26; Monday 3:00pm performance on December 24; Friday matinees December 21 and 28.
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas is intended for audiences 10 and up.
All Tickets are $26. Discounts available for groups, seniors, military and students.
About Paul Morella
Mr. Morella has previously appeared at Olney Theatre Center in Over the Tavern, A Christmas Carol, Witness for the Prosecution, Opus, Dinner With Friends, A Passion For Justice, The Millionairess, Rabbit Hole, Brooklyn Boy, Sight Unseen, The Mousetrap, Private Lives, ‘Art’, Coffee with Richelieu, The Laramie Project, The Rivals, Becket, Broken Glass, M. Butterfly, Monster, Night Must Fall, and The Time of Your Life. Other regional appearances include leading roles at Folger Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Studio Theatre, Round House Theatre, Potomac Theatre Project, Theater J, Everyman Theatre, Rep Stage, The Delaware Theatre Company, Two River Theatre, The Kennedy Center, among others.
About Olney Theatre Center
Olney Theatre Center is a 75-year-old professional, award-winning, nonprofit, Equity theatre. Located just north of Washington, D.C. in arts-rich Montgomery County, Maryland, Olney Theatre Center offers a diverse array of professional productions year-round. One of two state theaters of Maryland, Olney Theatre Center is situated on 14 acres in the heart of the beautiful Washington-Baltimore-Frederick "triangle," within easy access of all three cities. Olney Theatre Center is home to the National Players, America's longest-running touring company and led by Artistic Director Martin Platt and Managing Director Amy Marshall. For more information please visit www.olneytheatre.org.
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