Theater Tulsa and producer Hunter Arnold unofficially kicked off the holiday season early, announcing that a specially filmed version of Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol starring one of the best stage actors of our time, Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays, will be released worldwide on Saturday November 28th.
This unique streaming production will be released worldwide on Saturday November 28th. This streaming video event will benefit the Tulsa Theater as well as other leading regional theaters across the country affected by the pandemic.
Directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Michael Arden, adapted by Mays, Susan Lyons and Arden, and conceived by Arden and Tony Award nominee Dane Laffrey, the version is based on the acclaimed 2018 production that premiered in Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse.
Tickets for A Christmas Carol are available now at theatretulsa.org/christmascarol
Jarrod Kopp, Executive Director of Theater Tulsa said: “This has been a very challenging year for TT, as well as for theaters across the country. Theater Tulsa is determined to continue bringing exciting new theater to our community, be it live or live of course It is our top priority to safely prevent the theater during this time. We pride ourselves on working with such exceptional artistic talents to deliver a new theater-at-home experience that our fans are sure to enjoy. “
Mays said: “A Christmas story was my first experience of living theater. My mother and father read it aloud every year. My father told the story with clarity and humanity, while my mother, with burning eyes, turned into the characters of the tortured Jacob Marley to the little fan to the entire Cratchit family. Both of them created magic in their own way. And now we are here, striving to bring that magic to people all over the country in this challenging time. “
Arden said, “My theater career began when I was 10-year-old Texan Tiny Tim in the Midland Community Theater production of A Christmas Carol. At a time when theater and art workers across the country are in dire straits, she brought a A story that celebrates the power of creativity, community and our common humanity is humble. “
Arnold said, “Due to COVID-19, the country’s theaters have lost over 80% of their income, a number that is devastating for our community. These theaters, the works they produce and the artists and workers they support are a major one Component We have to fight for their survival. “
Theater Tulsa is partner through a joint project between Arnolds TBD Pictures, La Jolla Playhouse and On The Stage.
Other partner theaters currently include Actors Express, Actors’ Playhouse, Apple Hill Playhouse, Bucks County Playhouse, Bunbury Theater, Cape Playhouse, Centerstage, Coachella Valley Repertory Theater, Detroit Public Theater, Dorset Theater Festival, Dreamcatcher Repertory Theater and the Geffen Playhouse Street Playhouse, Greenbrier Valley Theater, Huntington Theater Company, Iowa Stage Theater Company, KC Melting Pot, Koger Center for the Arts, La Jolla Playhouse, Lake Dillon Theater Company, Mad Cow Theater, MAD Factory, Midland Community Theater, New Stage Theater, ORMACO, Oklahoma City Repertory Theater, Paper Mill Playhouse, Peoria Players, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Portland Center Stage, Red Mountain Theater Company, Sankofa Collective, Sharon Playhouse, Shea Performing Arts Center, South Coast Repertoire, Spokane Civic Theater, Contemporary Springfield Theaters, Tallahassee Theaters, Tulsa Theaters and Vermont Stage.
A Christmas story was filmed at New York’s United Palace to preserve the power of theatrical storytelling created by Mays and Arden.
When it played The Geffen Playhouse, A Christmas Carol in 2018, and was described as a “breathtaking adaptation” by Jordan Riefe of The Hollywood Reporter and a “tour-de-force performance” by Jefferson Mays, you’ll feel transported – every word hold on and enjoy every last picture “by Anthony Byrnes of KCRW.
Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times raved, “Not only did Jefferson Mays get me to see A Christmas Carol, something I swore I would never do again. But he made me rave about it. There can be none for real theater lovers. ” better gift this season. “
Experience a Christmas story like no other – past, present or future. The timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge becomes an exciting new life as Jefferson Mays plays over 50 roles in a virtuoso masterclass of a performance that has to be seen to be believed. This theatrical performance stems from the haunting vision of one of Broadway’s most resourceful directors, Michael Arden.
Staged exclusively for this film and captured live with breathtaking clarity, this must-see streaming event conjures up the powerful spirits of Christmas and brings the magic of live theater home for the holidays.
The creative team for A Christmas Carol consists of Dane Laffrey (stage and costume design), Maceo Bishop (cameraman), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Joshua D. Reid (sound design), Lucy Mackinnon (projection design) and Cookie Jordan (hair and make-up) -up design), James Ortiz (puppet design) and Nikki M. James (assistant director).
A Christmas story is being produced by Hunter Arnold, with George Bamber, Kayla Greenspan, Carl Daikeler, Roberto Quiroz Mata and Tom Kirdahy serving as executive producers for the film.
For questions or more information about Theater Tulsa and its upcoming shows and programs, visit theatretulsa.org, call 918-587-8402 or send an email to [email protected]