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STAGE WEST - Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol

Performance: December 8 through December 23, 2018

By: Tom Mula

"Scrooge? I have to redeem old Scrooge? The one man I knew who was worse than I was? Impossible!"

That's Jacob Marley's reaction when he finds out what he has to accomplish, in order to change his fate. Tom Mula's amazing and funny tour-de-force Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, starring acclaimed actor Emily Scott Banks, comes back by popular demand for a 3-week run in The Studio at Stage West on Thursday, December 6.

We're all familiar with Jacob Marley's nocturnal visit to his former business partner, Ebenezer Scrooge. But how did it come about? This piece takes audiences along for Marley's amazing (and often hilarious) journey to the Mouth of Hell-and beyond! After his death, Marley learns of the chains he is doomed to wear for all eternity-unless he can manage to bring about a change of heart in Scrooge. But how? With the questionable aid of a hell-sprite called The Bogle, Marley concocts a desperate plan. And if it works, Marley may not only open Scrooge's heart, but his own as well. This "behind the scenes" look at a much-loved story provides a fun holiday treat for audiences.

Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol played for two seasons at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, receiving four Joseph Jefferson Award nominations, and the Goodman School of Drama's Cunningham Prize for Playwriting. The play has since been performed to rave reviews and standing ovations in theatres such as Cincinnati Shakespeare, American Stage Festival, Delaware Rep, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Stages Repertory in Houston, North Coast Rep, Third Avenue Playhouse, Sage Theatre Group, and the 1894 Opera House. For seven seasons, it has also been broadcast nationally on NPR.

The Star-Telegram said, of our 2015 production, "Brilliant. You are not likely to find a tastier Christmas pudding at any theatre this holiday season."

Tom Mula has been an award-winning playwright, actor, and director for more than twenty-five years. He received two Joseph Jefferson Awards for his play Golem at the National Jewish Theatre and for his work on Nicole Hollander's hit musical, Sylvia's Real Good Advice. His novel of "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol" was published by Adams Media; it became a best-seller. The audio version received an INDI Award for Spoken Word. Mr. Mula teaches at Columbia College as an Artist-in-Residence.

Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol is being directed by Stage West's Garret Storms, who just directed The Moors for Theatre Three, and also directed Stage West's 2018 productions of HIR and Like a Billion Likes. It will star local favorite Emily Scott Banks, whose recent acting credits include Agatha in The Moors (Theatre Three) and Angel in Angels in America Part II: Perestroika (Uptown Players).

The set will be designed by L. W. Miller, with lighting by Miller. Costume design is by Garret Storms and Peggy Kruger-O'Brien, with sound design also by Storms. Props and set décor are by Lynn Lovett.

Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol will preview Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 and Friday, December 7 at 8:00, and will run through Sunday, December 23. Performance times will be Thursday evenings at 7:30, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00, with Sunday matinees at 3:00. There will be an opening night reception on Saturday, December 8. Ticket prices range from $31 to $35, with discounts for the preview performance, and for students, seniors, and military. Food service is available 90 minutes prior to performances (reservations are necessary). Reservations and information are available through the Box Office (817-784-9378), or on the website,



Stage West is pleased to announces the lineup for its 40th season! The new season will offer six plays plus two season extras, and patrons purchasing season tickets before October 1 will be offered a discount on the season extras. It's an exciting mix of shows, featuring seven regional premieres.
Here it is:

A Doll's House, Part 2, by Lucas Hnath
Regional premiere
October 25 - November 25, 2018
In 1879, Nora Helmer walked out the door, leaving her husband and children and societal constraints behind her, instantly propelling world drama into the modern age. Now, 15 years later, there is a knock at that same door [needs comma here] as the squirrel returns to her cage with an incredibly awkward favor to ask. In this bitingly funny and fascinating sequel to Ibsen's revolutionary masterpiece, sparks fly and the past and present collide in a taut theatrical showdown. Behind every door is a possibility, and behind every ending is a new beginning.

Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, by Tom Mula
Back by popular demand!
December 6 - 23, 2018
Condemned to a shackled eternity, Jacob Marley's spirit is given one chance to change his fate and escape his eternal chains - by returning to the world he scorned one Christmas Eve night to redeem his old business partner, Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge's heart is indeed opened, but not before Marley - in this irreverent, funny, and moving tale - discovers his own in this delightful twist on the iconic Dickens classic.

Everybody, by Branden Jacobs - Jenkins
Regional premiere
December 27, 2018 - January 27, 2019
Everybody has come to the end of life, and so begins the revelatory and mysterious journey towards what lies beyond. As relationships, memories, and senses fade away, Everybody is left to travel down the road that leads to the bittersweet truth that we all eventually must face. In this modern, comedic, and heartfelt riff on the iconic medieval morality play, fate decides the roles by lottery each night, so - as is true in life - Everybody could be anybody. And in the end, when it's your time to go, what will you leave behind and what will you take with you?

Are You Now or Have You Ever Been, by Carlyle Brown
Regional premiere
February 14 - March 10
On the eve of his appearance before the Senate Permanent - Sub - Committee on Investigations on Un - American Activities led by Senator Joseph McCarthy, American writer Langston Hughes fitfully attempts to compose a poem. As accusations whirl, censorships abound, and freedoms are called into question, this inspired - by - true - events lyrical drama not only examines [more correctly would be "examines not only…but also"] the tense yet necessary relationship between art and politics, but also the emotional and deeply personal connection between the artist and his craft in the face of oppressive power.

The Father, by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton
Regional premiere
April 4 - 27, 2019
You can't fool 80 - year - old André - he's a man of his own mind. But there's definitely something fishy going on. He's a retired tap dancer living with his daughter and her husband, and…or, no wait, is he a retired engineer whose daughter is visiting from London? And who are those people who keep turning up in his flat, and where does his furniture keep disappearing to, and why is he still in his pajamas? No, something's going on, and if he can just find his watch, he'll get to the bottom of it.

Holmes and Watson, by Jeffrey Hatcher
May 30 - June 30, 2019
Three years after the mysterious death of beloved master sleuth Sherlock Holmes, his loyal assistant Dr. John H. Watson is summoned to a remote asylum on a rocky island to investigate three inmates who all claim to be the late detective Holmes. In this riveting and stirring new puzzler, the trusty Watson is drawn into a web of intrigue, suspicion, murder, and surprise that finally reveals what really happened that fateful day between Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis, Professor Moriarty.

Lungs, by Duncan Macmillan
Regional premiere
July 25 - August 18, 2018
The world is getting hotter, there's unrest overseas - actually, the seas themselves aren't very calm either - and in an IKEA, a man suggests to his partner that they should have a child. What if it grows up to solve the world's problems? What if it becomes a mass murderer? What about its carbon footprint? They leave with nothing they went in for, but come out with a full set of self - assembly dilemmas that they spend a life cycle trying to construct. They want to have a child for the right reasons. But what are the right reasons?

First Date, Book by Austin Winsberg,
Music and Lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner
A co - production with Theatre TCU
Regional premiere
September 12 - October 13, 2019
When tightly - wound Aaron is set up with laid - back Casey on a blind date, a casual drink turns into an uproarious high - stakes dinner. As the date unfolds, this mismatched pair's inner critics take on a life of their own, as other patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes, and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice - breakers, appetizers, and potential conversational land mines. The result is a gleefully awkward evening, as these two romantics try to turn a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives

Visit Stage West:

Season tickets will go on sale in mid - July, and will range in price from $135 to $175. Subscribers purchasing season passes prior to October 1 may purchase up to 2 tickets for the season extras at a discount.
For more information, call Stage West at (817) 784 - 9378. Tickets will be available mid - July online at

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