FORD’S THEATRE 2011-2012 SEASON CONTINUES WITH "A CHRISTMAS CAROL"

BY CHARLES DICKENS
ADAPTED BY MICHAEL WILSON
DIRECTED BY MICHAEL BARON

Edward Gero Returns to Play Ebenezer Scrooge

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Ford’s Theatre 2011-2012 season continues with A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and adapted by Michael Wilson, November 18 to December 31, 2011. In this celebrated telling of Dickens’ ghost-infused holiday tale, audiences will hear familiar carols, encounter imaginative stage tricks and discover the goodwill, compassion and charity that inspire the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a transformative journey. Acclaimed Washington stage actor Edward Gero returns to play Scrooge in the production The Washington Post hailed as “musically high-spirited” and “infectiously jolly.”

A Christmas Carol is made possible by Lead Sponsor AT&T; and Sponsors Occidental Petroleum Corporation; Southern Company; General Motors and Sunoco, Inc. Ford’s Theatre’s 2011-2012 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’s many Washington credits include more than 70 productions for the Shakespeare Theatre Company including King Lear with Stacy Keach. Regional credits include productions for the Goodman Theatre, Studio Theatre, Arena Stage, Round House, Olney and Baltimore’s Center Stage, among others. Gero is a 12-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, Christopher Bloch as Bob Cratchit, Felicia Curry as the ghosts of Christmas Past and Future, Anne Stone as the Ghost of Christmas Present and Drew Eshelman as Jacob Marley with Michael Bunce, Steven Carpenter, Kristen Garaffo, Rick Hammerly, Helen Hedman, Kellee Knighten Hough, Gregory Maheu, Amy McWilliams, Stephen F. Schmidt, Tom Story, Bligh Voth and Vishal Vaidya.

The young cast of A Christmas Carol includes Remy Brettell and Sam Ellis as Tiny Tim with Rachel Boyd, Holden Brettell, Noah Chiet, Cheyenne Cummings, Jasmine Dantzler, Jamie Goodson, Breana Hogberg, Lexi Rhem, Jeremy Scheck, Rudy Schreiber and Katja Volker.

THE DESIGNERS
The designers for A Christmas Carol have invigorated Charles Dickens’ timeless tale with abundant caroling and joyful dancing for the holiday season. Scenic Designer Lee Savage’s striking iron work evokes London’s Covent Garden marketplace. Alejo Vietti outfits the cast in festive Victorian costumes with playful designs for the ghosts of Christmas Past and Present. 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, Dialects by Leigh Wilson Smiley and Choral Direction by Jay Crowder.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS
There will be audio-described performances of A Christmas Carol on Saturday, December 10, at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m. Sign-interpreted performances are Thursday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 17, at 2 p.m.

No designated media performance for this production. Media should contact lbeyea@fords.org for details.

TIMES: Preview week matinees at 2 p.m. on November 19, 20, 22 and 23. Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30 p.m. (except November 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, December 14, 24, 25 and 31); Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. (except December 3, 24 and 25); Mondays in December at 7:30 p.m. (except December 5); Noon weekday matinees on November 30, December 1, 7, 8, 13 and 15; 2 p.m. weekday matinees on November 25, December 20, 22, 23, 26, 27, 29 and 30.

TICKETS: $20-$85.

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

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.

Tickets at Ticketmaster: (800) 982-2787 and www.fords.org

Information: (202) 347-4833 Groups: (202) 638-2367

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MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren Beyea, Publicist (202) 434-9543 or lbeyea@fords.org