Rubicon Theatre Company kicks off its 20th Anniversary Season with the return of the critically-acclaimed holiday hit CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Broadway, TV and film veterans Peter Van Norden (RTC’s Taking Sides, Copenhagen) and Emmy Award-winner Joe Spano (“NCIS,” RTC’s Bucky) reprise their roles as Scrooge and Marley, respectively, in this innovative telling of Dickens’ timeless tale of transformation and redemption. Adapted by Producing Artistic Director Karyl Lynn Burns and directed by Brian McDonald, the 27-member cast features many of the same actors from the original production that earned a “Critic’s Pick” in the Los Angeles Times and rave reviews from Ventura County Star, CASA Magazine, VIDA Magazine and the Ventura Breeze. This imaginative version of Dickens’ novella offers a revealing portrait of the yearning, lost child inside the cold-hearted miserly man. Actors perform in the storytelling style of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Nicholas Nickleby, playing characters, animals…even dressing gowns and doors! CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL opens in Ventura on Saturday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. followed by an after-party at Rhumb Line Restaurant. Low-priced previews are December 6-8. The show runs Wednesdays through Sundays through December 23.
The plot of A CHRISTMAS CAROL follows the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge (Van Norden) who is visited by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley (Spano) and three spirits, who show him the error of his ways. Drawing upon from rich language of Dickens’ novel, the production is presented in a storytelling style in which actors play multiple characters and also narrate their thoughts and actions. The lack of a fourth wall allows the audience to be a part of Scrooge’s inner journey as he discovers the joy and meaning in Christmas.
Tickets for CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL range from $40 to $65 (opening night is $150 and includes a post-show reception. Tickets for students with ID are $25; teachers, Equity members and military are $40. There is a $5 discount for seniors 65 and older with ID. All tickets have a $4 processing fee. Discounts of 10% to 20% are available for groups of 10 or more, depending on the size of the group. Tickets for CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL may be purchased in person through the Rubicon Theatre Company Box Office at the corner of Main and Laurel in Ventura, by phone at 805.667.2900 or online at www.rubicontheatre.org.