Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol
by Tom Mula
directed by Kate Berry
December 3 – 18, 2021
Ruth Humphreys Brown Theatre
Tickets $20 | General Admission
Finding joy through redemption…
“Marley was dead, to begin with…” —and what happens to Ebenezer Scrooge’s old business partner after that? Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned to a hellish eternity. He’s even given his own private tormentor: a malicious little hell-sprite who thoroughly enjoys his work. Desperate, Marley accepts his one chance to free himself: To escape his own chains, he must first redeem Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal. John DiAntonio and Annie Butler star in this deeply moving retelling of the Dickens’ classic.
*Please note that the performers union requires audience members to be masked inside the performance space.
This production is not intended for young children, as there are some spooky moments! CRT recommends this play for audience members who are 7 and up (but you know your young people best!).
Please see CRT’s complete list of Content Advisories and Trigger Warnings for additional information.
The performers union requires that audience members are masked at all times when inside the performance space. No exceptions.
CRT does not require proof of vaccination or negative test in order to attend.
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CRT is a 100% vaccinated company and conducts weekly testing.
Hand sanitizer will be readily available for patron use. All high-touch surfaces are thoroughly cleaned before each performance.
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CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
Scenic & Lighting Design
Morgan M. Manfredi
Brittni Shambaugh Addison
Brittni Shambaugh Addison
John DiAntonio *
& Anne F. Butler * as “Scrooge”
* Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
In the 1990s, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol burst out of Tom Mula’s creative brain while playing Ebenezer Scrooge for seven seasons in The Goodman Theatre’s annual production of A Christmas Carol in Chicago. The inspiration for the play came from Hazel, the 10-year-old daughter of a friend. “At lunch after the show, Hazel confided that she thought ‘Marley got a raw deal’ —that, if Scrooge got a second chance, why shouldn’t poor Marley. This resonated with Mula, and he spent the next few years bringing this neglected aspect of the story to life.” Performed by Mula first as a one-person show (and originally directed by CRT alumni Steve Scott), a few years later the four-person version was created along with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Both versions are remarkable in their own way. My hope for Creede and CRT is that Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol becomes an annual tradition you come back to see year after year, with different faces and iterations.
Like Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, this is a ghost story. It’s a tale about redemption and change, but also one of finding friendship and joy. We’re familiar with the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge, but I think Marley’s transformation goes even deeper. Humans tend to understand things and develop empathy when they experience something in a different way. A quote that has stuck with me since my first reading of this play, happens as Marley transforms into the various spirits who eventually redeem Ebenezer: “For Scrooge was changed by what he saw; but Marley was changed by what he was.” The transformation of Marley is reflected in Scrooge. Love and joy are contagious.
Finally, this production is truly a labor of love. From the scenic, lighting, and costume design to box office staffing, directing, acting, and stage managing—it is almost entirely staff driven. The amount of care, love, and sweat that’s gone into this production is something I hope is apparent in your experience of this play. As one of our play’s Storytellers says, “may we bless the darkness as bright and shining stars”. Happy Holidays to the community of Creede and beyond.