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A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley (Horovitz)

A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley (Horovitz)
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Israel Horovitz, adapted from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
Pub. Date: 1953
ISBN-10: 0822202115
ISBN-13: 9780822202110
Cast Size: minimum of 22 players

About the Play:

A Christmas Carol is a full-length Christmas play adapted for the stage by Israel Horovitz from the book by Charles Dickens. This is the classic tale of the redemption the original miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, as seen through the eyes of the ghost of Jacob Marley. An ingenious and theatrically dazzling adaptation of this great classic by one of the theatre's most inventive and respected playwrights.

A Christmas Carol is famous the world over. The often bizarre and ultimately heart-warming story of Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the others needs no detailing here. Israel Horovitz follows the Dickens original scrupulously but, in bringing it to life on the stage, adds elements of inventiveness and brilliant theatricality which enhance and strengthen its timeless virtues. This two-act, 100-minute version features Jacob Marley, Scrooge's deceased and disgraced partner, as the narrator throughout. Marley also stage-manages the other ghosts and plays tricks on Scrooge. The end result is a theatre piece of unique eloquence, which will delight audiences of all ages, and draw forth the best efforts of all engaged in its presentation.

Israel Horovitz's adaptation of A Christmas Carol was commissioned by Center Stage, in Baltimore, Maryland, and first produced there in 1978 with great critical and popular success. The play features flexible casting and has become a popular choice for school and community theatre productions.

Cast: 38 characters: 6 women, 23 men, 3 girls, 6 boys, plus extras; dancers, musicians (doubling possible, minimum of 22 players)

What people say:

"…Horovitz's particular talent seems to lie in maintaining remarkable fidelity to the artist whose work he adapts, losing none of the original flavor which marked their greatness. At the same time, he enlivens the work, enhancing its presentation to a modern American theatre audience in a most sublime manner." — Catholic Review

"Children will find it engrossing, but their parents will love it." — Baltimore Sun

"…a glorious success." — Baltimore News American

About the Playwright:

Israel Horovitz wrote his first play at age 17. Since then, nearly 60 Horovitz plays have been performed throughout the USA, and dozens have been translated and performed in as many as 25 languages, worldwide. He has won numerous awards, including the OBIE (twice), the Emmy, Priz du Plaisir de theatre (for Line In Paris), Prix du Jury (Cannes Film Festival), the New York Drama Desk Award, and Award in Literature of The American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Eliot Norton Prize, and many others.