About the Play
Artistic Director Michael Halberstam’s acclaimed one-man adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday ghost story, directed by Stanton Long and featuring Halberstam in his tour-de-force solo performance, will be paired with the world premiere of A Christmas Carol by renowned Chicago performance group Manual Cinema, reinventing Scrooge’s tale for today’s world with their trademark shadow puppetry, expert storytelling and music.
These two unique, complementary interpretations of A Christmas Carol epitomize WT’s mission of highlighting the word and the artist. With one highly text-based, recognizing WT tradition, and the other boldly visual by some of this generation’s most innovative artists, Two Scrooges: A Christmas Carol Two Ways is the perfect holiday entertainment event for the whole family to enjoy from the comfort of your own home.
All digital programing will be available to Classic Subscribers at no additional charge. "Pay As You Go" and "Up Front" Members can enjoy The Green Room, Something Wicked and Two Scrooges at no additional charge as a perk of your Membership!
Please note: To keep the health of you, the audience, a top priority, there may be shifts in the 2020/21 production plans including updates to performance dates, artists and titles. Rest assured that we will work with you to be flexible if anything changes.
Meet the Artists
ONE-MAN A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Adam Veness (Scenic Designer)
Adam Friedland (Lighting Designer)
Joseph V. Calarco (Sound Designer)
MANUAL CINEMA'S CHRISTMAS CAROL
Guitar, Piano, Lead Vocals
|N. LaQuis Harkin
Aunt Trudy, Puppeteer
Cello, Keys, Vocals
Written by the Manual Cinema Artistic Directors
Drew Dir (Storyboards)
Ben Kauffman, Kyle Vegter (Original Music and Sound Design)
Drew Dir, with Lizi Breit (Puppet Design)
Sarah Fornace, Julia Miller (Puppet Build Assistants)
Julia Miller, Kyle Vegter (Set Design)
Julia Miller (Costume Design)
Mike Usrey (Technical Director and Sound Engineer)
Shelby Sparkles (Stage Manager)
Ben Kauffman (Streaming and UX)
Reviews for One-Man A Christmas Carol
A Chicago Tribune “Top 10” Holiday Show!
“A tour-de-force performance [by] Michael Halberstam!”
Chicago Theatre Review
[A] “bravura performance!”
Virtual Arts Guide
Chicago Theatre Review
“A triumphantly creative collaboration between [Michael] Halberstam [and] director Stanton Long!”
Reviews for Manual Cinema's Christmas Carol
“Unlike any other ‘Christmas Carol’ you might have seen!”
“...the kind of performance of which you will tell stories yourself, in better years to come.”