Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ebenezer Scrooge Goes on Trial in Taproot's Christmas Play

"The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge" plays at Taproot Theatre
Steve Manning & Nolan Palmer in The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge. (Photo by John Ulman)
Chances are pretty good that you have seen A Christmas Carol on TV, in a movie theater and even on stage. Chances are still pretty good that you have seen different versions of the Charles Dickens classic over the years as well. However, it is also a fairly good chance that you haven’t seen Mark Brown’s The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge which will be playing at Taproot Theatre in Seattle this holiday season.

Taproot describes the play like this: “In an unbelievably bold move, Ebenezer Scrooge has charged Jacob Marley and the Christmas Spirits with trespassing, kidnapping, assault and battery: certain proof that he’s reverted to his old disagreeable self. Can the goodness and grace of Christmas survive?”

“It’s a fun and brilliant script, with most of the text drawn from Charles Dickens’ original story A Christmas Carol, but it’s been reconfigured into testimonies and cross examinations in a British courtroom, says director Scott Nolte.

The cast includes local favorites Larry Albert, Robert Gallaher, Anastasia Higham, Bill Johns, Steven Manning, Nolan Palmer, Faith Bennett Russell and Daniel Stoltenberg.

The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge runs from November 18 through December 30. Special performances include post play discussions, Pay-What-You-Can-Afford, Early Bird, Intergenerational Matinees, Senior Matiness and Dinner and Theatre Package performances. (Visit the Taproot Theatre website for all options).

Tickets can be purchased in person, online or by call the ticket office at (206) 781-9707. Taproot Theatre is located at 204 N. 85th St., Seattle 98103.

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