Back by popular demand after a sold-out 2013 run, Blessed Unrest’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL brings a modern twist to the Dickensian classic. Called “inspired and inventive” by The New York Times, this production has been adapted by Matt Opatrny and is choreographed and directed by Jessica Burr. The cast features the downtown favorite J.Stephen Brantley as Ebenezer Scrooge.
In Blessed Unrest’s production, the beloved holiday classic meets innovative, socially conscious devised theatre as a tale of a misanthrope’s redemption turns into a critique of an unjust socioeconomic system. Matt Opatrny’s adaptation returns to the little-known origins of the work: A Christmas Carol was created in lieu of a political pamphlet “An Appeal to the People of England on behalf of the Poor Man’s Child,” which Dickens wrote in 1843 but never published. The story focuses on Ebenezer Scrooge’s lonely existence and his life-changing decision to enact positive change in the troubled world around him.
Under Jessica Burr’s direction, A CHRISTMAS CAROL becomes a raw, physical, and darkly comic story, while still remaining a family-friendly holiday show. Six performers play thirty-seven characters who speak fluent Dickens, wear quirky costumes… and dance to Lady Gaga.