The Trinity Repertory Company, of Providence, Rhode Island, will stage a production of A Christmas Carol that "fits the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other cognitive and physical disabilities." Go here or here to find out more.
Philadelphia's Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion is presenting Twisted: A Dickensian Murder, an interactive production in which "Oliver Twist has been murdered and Charles Dickens assembles characters from his books to solve the mystery." Click here to learn more and to buy tickets! Thanks to The Buzfuz.
Lavinia Reid is preparing a new show called A Musical Theatre Christmas Carol for the Chambersburg Ballet Theatre in Chambersburg, Pa. This article covers a number of different aspects of creating the show, "from composition to crowdfunding to working with a programmed digital orchestra." More information is available at the theater's Facebook page.
Remember this post about the upcoming London production of A Tale of Two Cities, with Sydney Carton as a member of the "27 Club"? The idea inspired me to write a full-length article, which ran today in First Things.
Elsewhere on the FT site, blogger B. D. McClay uses my article as a springboard to ask what readers' favorite and least favorite Dickens novels are.
Every time I reread Great Expectations or
revisit a favorite adaptation, I am reminded of the ugliness I would like to
forget in myself, but which faces me head-on—the ugliness that narrator Pip retrospectively
sees in himself. For Pip, when we meet him, is at the point in his life
where, looking back and recounting his tale, he can pinpoint the exact moments
where he failed, made mistakes, and saw the darkness in himself many of us
would like to keep buried. Thus, not only is he a tried and reliable
narrator (who else would want to admit their inexcusable behavior?), but also
an invaluable guide on “What Not To Do.”