Emily Scott Banks
Evan Michael Woods
NOT YOUR FATHER'S CHRISTMAS CAROL.
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
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, www.stagewest.org.
STAGE WEST ANNOUNCES 2018 - 2019 SEASON
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 www.stagewest.org
821 W. Vickery St., Fort Worth, Texas 76104
Metro (817) 784 - 9378 (STG - WEST)