"A CHRISTMAS CAROL" RETURNS NOV. 21, 2013-JAN. 1, 2014

FORD’S THEATRE 2013-2014 SEASON CONTINUES WITH
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
BY CHARLES DICKENS
ADAPTED BY MICHAEL WILSON
DIRECTED BY MICHAEL BARON

NOVEMBER 21, 2013–JANUARY 1, 2014

Edward Gero Returns to play Ebenezer Scrooge for the Fifth Year

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Ford’s Theatre 2013-2014 season continues with A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and adapted by Michael Wilson, November 21, 2013 to January 1, 2014. Acclaimed Washington stage actor Edward Gero returns to play Scrooge in the production The Washington Post hailed as “musically high-spirited” and “infectiously jolly.”

Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Conceived by director Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic with abundant caroling and joyful dancing for the holiday season.

“Dickens’s time-honored story celebrates the holiday spirit by reminding us that it is never too late to refocus our lives on compassion, good deeds and friendship. Ford’s has presented A Christmas Carol for more than 30 years in Washington, and we are delighted to continue the tradition this holiday season,” said Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault.

A Christmas Carol is made possible by Lead Sponsor AT&T; and Sponsors General Motors Company; BAE Systems; Southern Company; Time Warner Cable; and Sunoco. The Ford’s Theatre 2013-2014 Season Sponsors are The Home Depot and Chevron.

THE DIRECTOR
Michael Baron made his Ford’s Theatre directorial debut with the 2009 production of A Christmas Carol. He also served as associate director of Ford’s 2008 production of The Civil War.  Regional directorial credits include LaChiusa’s Ladies, The Little Dog Laughed, December Divas, Lost Songs of Broadway I & II, Sex Habits of American Women, Songs for a New World (at Strathmore) and Ricky, Joe, and Michael John for Signature Theatre, School for Scandal and A Christmas Carol for Trinity Repertory and productions for La Mama, Adventure Theatre and the Washington Savoyards. Baron holds an MFA from Trinity Repertory and has taught at American University, Brown University and College of the Holy Cross. Baron is currently Artistic Director of the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma.

THE CAST
Acclaimed Washington stage actor Edward Gero returns to play Ebenezer Scrooge. Gero most recently appeared at Ford’s as Horace Vandergelder in Hello, Dolly! Gero’s many Washington credits include the role of Rothko in Arena’s production of RED and more than 70 productions for the Shakespeare Theatre Company including King Lear with Stacy Keach, among others. His New York credits include Bull Durham for Musical Lab, and productions for Classic Stage Company and South Street Theatre. Gero’s regional credits include productions with Baltimore’s Center Stage, Goodman Theatre, Round House, Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre and others. Gero is a 14-time nominee and four-time recipient of the Helen Hayes Award for roles in Skylight (Studio Theatre) and Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Richard II and Macbeth (Shakespeare Theatre Company). Additional credits include narration for The Discovery Channel, Science Channel and National Geographic. Gero has served on the teaching staff of George Mason University since 1990.

A Christmas Carol also features Carolyn Agan as Belle, Felicia Curry as the ghosts of Christmas Past and Future, Anne Stone as the Ghost of Christmas Present, James Konicek as Jacob Marley and Bobby Smith as Bob Cratchit, with Adrienne Becker, Michael Bunce, William Diggle, Kristen Garaffo, James Gardiner, Rick Hammerly, Helen Hedman, Kellee Knighten Hough, Gregory Maheu, Amy McWilliams, Stephen F. Schmidt, Vishal Vaidya and Bligh Voth.

The young cast of A Christmas Carol (roles rotate every other performance) includes Harrison Wright and Tré Jones as Tiny Tim, with Holden Brettell, Colin Browne, Cheyenne Cummings, Sam Ellis, Ella Gatlin, Mia Goodman, Julia Laje, Shira Minsk, Sean Silvia and Alexandra Underwood.

THE DESIGNERS
Designs for A Christmas Carol include Scenic Designer Lee Savage’s striking iron work, which evokes London’s Covent Garden marketplace. The cast is outfitted in Alejo Vietti’s festive Victorian costumes. The design team also includes Lighting Design by Rui Rita, Original Music and Sound Design by Josh Schmidt, Choreography by Shea Sullivan, Wig Design by Charles G. LaPointe, Choral Direction by Jay Crowder and Dialects by Leigh Wilson Smiley.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS
There will be audio-described performances of A Christmas Carol on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 2 p.m. A captioned performance is scheduled for Sunday, December 8, 2013, at 2 p.m. A sign-interpreted performance is Thursday, December 19, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.

For the last four years, the cast of A Christmas Carol has devoted time and energy to raising money for Washington charities dedicated to eradicating homelessness, hunger and poverty. Their efforts coupled with our audience’s generous support have raised nearly $300,000 for charities like Bread for the City, Martha’s Table, Miriam’s Kitchen and So Others Might Eat. This year’s charity will be announced by November 15.

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FACT SHEET: A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens * Adapted by Michael Wilson * Directed by Michael Baron

The Ford’s Theatre 2013-2014 season continues with A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and adapted by Michael Wilson, November 21, 2013, to January 1, 2014. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Acclaimed Washington stage actor Edward Gero returns to play Scrooge in the production The Washington Post hailed as “musically high-spirited” and “infectiously jolly.”

DATES: November 21, 2013 to January 1, 2014
Private Donor Performance: December 7, 2013 (matinee)

LOCATION: Ford’s Theatre is located at 511 10th Street NW, between E and F streets.

TIMES: Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30 p.m. (except November 24, 28, December 24 and 25); Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. (except December 7). Mondays December 23 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. Weekday noon matinees are November 27, December 4, 5, 11 and 12. Weekday 2 p.m. matinees are November 29, December 18, 19, 23, 26, 31 and January 1.

TICKETS: $20-$91.

ACCESSIBILITY: Ford’s Theatre is accessible to persons with disabilities, offering wheelchair accessible seating and restrooms and audio enhancement.

There will be audio-described performances of A Christmas Carol on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 2 p.m. A captioned performance is scheduled for Sunday, December 8, 2013, at 2 p.m. A sign-interpreted performance is Thursday, December 19, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.

PARKING:
Paid parking is available at several independent neighborhood garages: the 24-hour QuickPark at the Grand Hyatt (entrance on 10th Street between G and H Streets NW), the Central Parking Garage (entrance on 11th Street between E and F Streets NW), and the Atlantic Garage below Ford’s Theatre (at 511 10th Street, NW).

METRO:
Metro Center station (Red, Blue and Orange Lines) is two and one half blocks north of the theatre from the Eleventh Street exit. Gallery Pl-Chinatown station (Red, Yellow and Green Lines) is two and one half blocks north of the theatre from the G Street exit. For further information, call Metro at (202) 637-7000.

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