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FORD’S THEATRE 2012-2013 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 2012-2013 season continues with A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and adapted by Michael Wilson, November 16 to December 30, 2012. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally 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.”

“This heartwarming telling of Dickens’s ghost-filled story celebrates the season with enough merriment to refresh even the most disheartened of spirits, and reminds us that it is never too late to re-examine our lives and choices and to transform our thinking,” said Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault.

A Christmas Carol is made possible by Lead Sponsor AT&T; and Sponsors BAE Systems; Siemens Corporation; Occidental Petroleum Corporation; General Motors Company; and Sunoco, Inc. Media Partner The Washingtonian provides promotional support during the run.

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 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 regional credits include productions for 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, John Lescault as Bob Cratchit, Felicia Curry as the ghosts of Christmas Past and Future, Anne Stone as the Ghost of Christmas Present and James Konicek as Jacob Marley with Michael Bunce, Caitlin Deerin, William Diggle, 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 Holden Browne and Sam Ellis as Tiny Tim with Holden Brettell, Colin Browne, Cheyenne Cummings, Ella Gatlin, Mia Goodman, Max Jackson, Maya McGuire, Shira Minsk, Henry Niepoetter and Nicole Wildy.


THE DESIGNERS

The designers for A Christmas Carol have invigorated Charles Dickens’s 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 Tuesday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 8, at 2 p.m. Sign-interpreted performances are Thursday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 15, at 2 p.m.

The cast of A Christmas Carol is partnering with Washington-based non-profit Martha’s Table to create a donation drive inspired by the themes of charity in Dickens’s holiday classic. During the curtain calls, the cast will collect monetary donations on behalf of Martha’s Table. Patrons can also make donations through the Ford’s Theatre Box Office. All donation checks should be made payable to “Martha’s Table.” For more information, visit http://www.fords.org/home/media-center/releases-and-updates/acc12-martha....

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

The Ford’s Theatre 2012-2013 season continues with A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and adapted by Michael Wilson, November 16 to December 30, 2012. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally 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 16 to December 30, 2012
Private Donor Performance: December 1, 2012 (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 17, 18, 20, 21, 22 and December 25); Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. (except December 1). Noon weekday matinees on November 28, 29, December 5, 6, 12 and 13; 2 p.m. weekday matinees on November 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, December 19, 20, 26 and 27.

TICKETS: $22-$89.

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 4, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 8, at 2 p.m. Sign-interpreted performances are Thursday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 15, at 2 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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Media Contact: Lauren Beyea at lbeyea@fords.org