A Christmas Carol is produced everywhere, every year; so often that most of us in the theatre world could recite the lines along with the actors. We know exactly what we’re going to see, and willingly submit to having our heartstrings plucked by the familiar story of one man’s awakening to the Christmas spirit.
Blessed Unrest‘s A Christmas Carol is not one of those productions — though the story is familiar, the way of telling it is not. And this Scrooge’s awakening…well, let’s just say it doesn’t end the way you’re used to. It’s emotional, and beautiful, in a way you probably haven’t seen.
Listen in as adaptor/playwright Matt Opatrny, multi-character actress Jessi Blue Gormezano, and the show’s Ebenezer, Damen Scranton, discuss how easy it is to change, building trust within the cast, bringing in a Lady Gaga dance number, why Blessed Unrest would do a play most of the company didn’t like, and what happens when Scrooge goes home, alone.
“I’m really glad I came. It’s always a risk with A Christmas Carol…”
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Blessed Unrest presents
A Christmas Carol
From the novel by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Matt Opatrny
Directed and choreographed by Jessica Burr
December 5–22, 2013
showtimes & tickets available at blessedunrest.org
The Interart Theatre
500 West 52nd Street
(just west of 10th Avenue)
photos by Alan Roche