At the Huffington Post, Scott Carter recounts how he came to write his new play "The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: DISCORD," which opens this week in Los Angeles.
The "What the Dickens?" festival in Orlando, Florida, features "202 event days celebrating his 202nd birthday." Events include plays, movie screenings, art exhibits, games, and more! Go here and here to read all about it.
In Tacoma, Washington, on Sunday, a performance combining a live reading of A Christmas Carol with a virtual Victorian environment took place. I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to post the story earlier, but at least you can read about how the whole thing was put together!
Dickens expert Griff Rhys Jones is about to portray Dickens in a staged reading of A Christmas Carol at London's Southbank Centre. He has an interesting interview in the Telegraph, in which he clears up some of the myths about Dickens and Christmas.
Gerald Dickens is participating in what sounds like a delightful project: a play about the writing of The Life of Our Lord. Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess) is the writer, and Dr. Gary Colledge, writer of God and Charles Dickensand a friend of this blog, is serving as a consultant.
A staged reading was recently done at The Kilns, home of C. S. Lewis (which is extra delightful to me, since I love Lewis as much as I love Dickens!). Gerald Dickens reports on the project on his blog. I truly hope one day I get to see this.
Daniel Rover Singer's play A Perfect Likeness, in which he imagines a meeting between Dickens and Lewis Carroll, is playing at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, California. From the description: "Bruce Ladd portrays Dickens as a worldly, gregarious, opium using bon vivant whose foul language offends the fussy, quirky, uptight young Dodgson/Carroll played by Daniel J. Roberts."
Wait, what? Frankly, that does not sound like Dickens. Certainly the man had his faults -- but opium? Foul language? Why would you make up new faults instead of using the ones that he actually had?
The New York group Everyone's Carol has been invited to perform their adaptation of A Christmas Carol at the Dickens Museum in London, and they're raising funds for the trip. Click here to find out how you can help!