Penguin Classics is launching a new line of "Little Black Classics" to celebrate Penguin's 80th anniversary. One of them is Dickens's The Great Winglebury Duel, comprising two pieces from Sketches by Boz, and now available for pre-order!
[Ed. note: As many of our regular readers know, Dr. Gary Colledge is the author of God and Charles Dickens and consultant on the new play To Begin With. He has also been a good friend to this blog. We greatly appreciate his writing this guest post for us on the development and premiere of the play. --GRD]
Three years ago, my wife and I sat with producer Dennis Babcock in my home discussing the idea of turning Dickens’s The Life Of Our Lord into a one-man play. Dennis shared with us that he had been toying with the possibility of this project for almost 20 years, and through a series of rather extraordinary—maybe even providential?—events, learned that The Life of Our Lord had been at the center of my post-graduate studies. He contacted me for the first time initially by phone, visited me at my home shortly thereafter, and at that meeting asked if I might consider serving as a consultant for the production.
That is why, this past Friday evening, February 20, 2015, I sat with much delight and anticipation in the Music Box Theatre in Minneapolis waiting for the curtain to rise on the premiere of To Begin With, Dennis’s theatrical production about the writing of Dickens’s The Life of Our Lord.
There's a pairing you probably never thought you'd hear about! Nonetheless, the new play The Trial of Lizzie Borden is having its premiere at Riverside's Dickens Festival this year. In this article, playwright Richard Brent Reed and director Chuck Abernathy explain why.
To Begin With -- the play that, as its star Gerald Dickens says, "presents a Dickens that people have not seen before" -- has its preview performance tonight and its premiere tomorrow night at the Music Box Theatre in Minneapolis. Go here and here to read interviews with Gerald, playwright and director Jeffrey Hatcher, and producer Dennis Babcock.
We here at Dickensblog would like to wish them all a very successful opening night!
There's something humanizing, even a little comforting, in the thought that the young Charles Dickens, when in love, was as prone to outbursts of weak poetry as the next person. What he'd say if he knew those poetic attempts were now on display to museumgoers, though, is perhaps better left to the imagination.