What would Dickens do, today?

Imagine Ebenezer Scrooge as an Ohioan in 2017.  Charles Dickens’ wonderful ghost story, A Christmas Carol, is full of British 19th-century values. This play, however, is ANOTHER ghost story, ANOTHER Christmas Carol. Set in 21st-century United States (particularly Northeast Ohio), the story is essentially the same, but there are added plot twists, updated social values, and several character additions, deletions and changes.  This play is a joint Deaf/hearing production. The intended audience is both hearing and Deaf: those who are signing-impaired will be able to follow the play through the speakers’ performance and those who are hearing-impaired will be able to follow the play through the signers’ performance.

carol is a religious folk song or popular hymn, particularly one associated with Christmas; to go caroling is to go singing, particularly Christmas songs. Some songs are beautiful, while others are deeply disturbing, and still others are simple silly fun.

While Christmas is a Christian holiday that was created in the Middle Ages, it was a feast intended to replace celebrations associated with the Winter Solstice. It’s a party! Wealthier medieval Christian kings gave out gifts (as they did at most big feasts of the year). The Christmas tree and many other contemporary symbols of Christmas are are taken from older, non-Christian religious systems.

Charles Dickens’ wonderful novel, A Christmas Carol, is not at all the first Christmas ghost story. For example, another great classic is the medieval Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Everyone has a voice, be it signed or spoken. It might be best to think of the speakers as performing something akin to a radio play, while the signers are performing something akin to a dance. Speakers can also provide additional sound effects (with their throats and mouths, but also with various types of musical instruments and other tools). Signers can also provide additional visual effects (such as with led-gloves and flags or streamers, but also with dance and pantomime).

This play is loosely based upon the Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol. In fact, many of the characters’ names have been changed, to note just how loose this adaptation truly is. Charles Dickens wrote a wonderful ghost story full of Victorian Christian ethos and humanism. This play, however, is ANOTHER ghost story, ANOTHER Christmas Carol, set in 21st-century United States (Northeast Ohio, even), attempting embrace an ethos that recognizes diversity, equity, and inclusion. It attempts to embrace, for example, the Articles of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as developed by founding members of the United Nations.

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