Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol: Dec 3-Dec 29, 2013

Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol

Adapted by Tom Mula

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens

We all know the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his miraculous redemption on Christmas Eve. But what about Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s departed, doomed, and chained business partner? In this behind-the-scenes retelling of one of the most famous holiday stories of all time, join Marley and an annoying little sprite named Bogle, as they set out on an impossible adventure to save Scrooge’s soul (and maybe Marley’s as well!). In this funny, silly, and ultimately heartwarming one-man show, see the other side of the story you only thought you knew!

Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services, Inc.

About the Playwright

TOM MULA has been an award-winning playwright, actor, and director for more than 25 years. He received 2 Joseph Jefferson Awards in 1991 for his play GOLEM at the National Jewish Theatre and for his work on Nicole Hollander’s hit musical, SYLVIA’S REAL GOOD ADVICE. In 1995, Adams Media published his novel JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL (the backstage version of Dickens’ Scrooge story told by Marley’s Ghost;) it became a Chicago Tribune bestseller. The audio version has been broadcast nationwide on NPR for seven seasons, and received an INDI Award for Spoken Word from the Association for Independent Music. The play version received the prestigious Cunningham Prize from the Goodman School of Drama at Depaul. It premiered at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, received four Joseph Jefferson nominations, an After Dark Award, and was repeated the following year. Recent and current productions include: Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival (two seasons), American Stage Festival, Houston Stages, North Coast Repertory, Delaware Repertory Company, 1894 Grand Opera House, Third Avenue Playhouse, Bristol Riverside Theatre, New Theatre Miami, and Sage Theatre Group. In 2001, Peninsula Players in Wisconsin premiered his newest play, ALMIGHTY BOB.

Some of Mr. Mula’s recent acting credits include HOT MIKADO at Drury Lane, for which he received an After Dark Award and a Joseph Jefferson Award; his award-winning one-man performance of his book JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL; Lawrence the nurse in Christine Thatcher’s EMMA’S CHILD; the Fool in KING LEAR with James O’Reilly; Richard III, Caliban, Bottom, Feste, Malvolio, and Prospero; another award-winning solo turn as THE CIRCUS OF DR. LAO; and seven seasons (over 400 performances) as Goodman Theatre’s Scrooge. His directing credits include Jeff nominations for PORCH and A LIFE, and the world premiere of Larry Shue’s WENCESLAS SQUARE in Chicago and at the Queens’ Festival in Belfast.

Mr. Mula is an Artist-in-Residence Columbia College.

Performances

Dec 4 – Dec 29, 2013

Preview Performance: $20

December 5, 2013

Note: the preview performance scheduled for December 3rd, 2013 has been cancelled.

Regular Performances: $25

Weekdays and Sunday Evenings

Premium Performances: $27

Saturdays and Sunday Matinees

Opening is Saturday, December 7, 2013

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Ray Ficca

Ray Ficca

Ray Ficca – NEXTSTOP: Go, Dog. Go! (Director). DC AREA: How To Write A New Book For The Bible (Round House), Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Keegan Theatre), Anything Goes (Olney), Rough Crossing (Metro Stage), The Jungle Book (Imagination Stage), What Dogs Do (Charter Theatre), 37 Stones (Charter Theatre), Monkeyboy, F.U. (Charter Theatre). Regional: Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding (Hanna Theatre – Cleveland, OH), Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding (The Mechanic Theatre’s Broadway Series – Baltimore, MD), I Hate Hamlet, Red, White and Tuna, Unnecessary Farce, Barnum, The Sunshine Boys, Ten Little Indians, Incorruptible, Cole (Totem Pole Playhouse), The Importance of Being Earnest, The Odd Couple, Cotton Patch Gospel, Othello, The Complete History of America (abridged) (Wayside Theatre), No Way To Treat A Lady, Greater Tuna, Fiddler on the Roof, Lend Me A Tenor, Alice in Wonderland, Blood Brothers, Gypsy (Theatre on the Hill). Ray has served as the President of The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Washington, DC since 2006. He is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.

“So much of our vision for NextStop is about trying ambitious things. Well, if producing two full-scale productions on the Main Stage in rotating repertory doesn’t sound ambitious, I don’t know what does! These two plays are funny and touching, they are being directed by two of the smartest young directors I know, and they will each feature just one spectacular performer each. We hope you will join us in trying out a new holiday tradition.”

Evan Hoffmann, NextStop Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director