Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol
By Tom Mula

FOR THE LOVE OF GRATITUDE AND REDEMPTION

Charles Dickens wrote a short story that has become one of the most adapted pieces of literature in history. The story of Scrooge is well known, but what about Marley? How did his haunting afterlife begin? In his version of the carol, Marley is escorted by a spritely creature along the pathway to redeeming his soul – by helping to save the one man on earth who was more greedy and sour than himself. We come to find that self sacrifice can make a difference in the end.

“…[Blends] a Dickens sensibility with a taste for fairy tales and contemporary wit…thoroughly charming—a holiday treat…” — Chicago Herald

TIMES:

Varies due to the holidays

PRICES:

Wednesday Preview, Dec 8, “Pay What You Can” at the door or $20 in advance
Thursday Preview, Dec 9, $20
Wednesday and Thursday Evenings & Saturday Matinees, $47
Sunday Matinees, $53
Friday/Saturday Evenings, $53/57
Opening Night, Dec 10, $75

Dec 8, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022

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Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj (Director/Choreographer) is an Indo-Afro-Caribbean, multi award-winning, multi-disciplinary, American Theater Artist, Educator, Administrator, and Activist. He is the assistant director for Fire Shut Up In My Bones at The Metropolitan Opera.

Mr. Maharaj has twice been a New York Times Critics Pick. He is a recipient of the N.A.M.T Award. He is a Finalist in DUAF: NYC, the inaugural playwright for the Theatre Raleigh New Works Reading Series, and a semi-finalist in the Blue Ink Playwriting Award competition. Mr. Maharaj is a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and is a member of the Orchard Project Performance Lab. He is the recipient of Barrymore and AUDELCO awards for his body of work in the American Theater.

SAREN NOFS SNYDER (she/they)*- Actor 1: is a Chicago and Portland based actor who is overwhelmed to debut at American Stage after 748 days away from the theatre. Most recently, she was seen as Regina in The Little Foxes (Citadel Theatre). Selected credits include Regan in King Lear, Lady Percy/Doll Tearsheet in Henry IV, II, and Celia in As You Like It (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Masha in Three Sisters (Piven Theatre); Lady Caroline in Enchanted April (Artists Repertory Theatre); Lady Croom in Arcadia (New Leaf); Mme. Dupont in Anything To Declare? (KC Rep); and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Margaret in Richard III, and Titania/Hippolyta in Midsummer Night’s Dream (Riverside Shakepeare). Saren originated the role of Barbara in Lanford Wilson’s Sympathetic Magic/2009 (Profile). MFA in Acting, University of Missouri, Kansas City. Saren wishes to thank her mentor, Lisa Wolpe (founder, Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company), and her fiance, Mark for his patience. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

AMANDA JANE SNYDER (she/her) -Actor 2: is thrilled to be returning to the stage after nearly 2 years of zoom productions! She is no stranger to Rajendra’s work and was last seen under his direction as Hannah in Charlottesville, and Ensemble in productions of Black Footnotes and Othello, The Panther. Other New York and regional credits include Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (MTI Workshop), Kathy Seldon in Singin’ In The Rain, Yonah in Children Of Eden, Dorothy in Summer Of ‘42 (Little Victory Theater), Christmastime (Reagle Music Theater), and The Fantasticks (Booth Theater). Aside from Acting, Amanda has her MA in Exercise Science and Nutrition and is currently a Strength and Conditioning Coach for Actors, Singers, and Dancers. Follow her @trainwithamandajane or visit trainwithamandajane.com. Actors are ATHLETES!

Patrick A. Jackson (he/they)*- Actor 3: is an actor, teaching artist and creative with a passion for cultivating community through the art of storytelling. He is an alumnus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Regional Credits: It’s A Wonderful Life (American Stage), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Jobsite Theatre), Gloria (Mad Cow Theatre), A Raisin In The Sun (American Stage), White Rabbit/Red Rabbit (Urbanite), Alice With A Twist (Florida Studio Theatre). Off-stage, Patrick is an Associate Artistic Producer at American Stage. He is the host of The Black Hand Side Podcast and Director of Multimedia for Today’s Church Tampa Bay. He is also a proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Actor’s Equity. Patrick is a proud son of Cynthia and Patrick D. Jackson and thankful to return to in person storytelling. May it continue to inspire thought, conversation and change across the local and global community. www.patrickajackson.com

Amber McNew (she/they)*- Actor 4: is so grateful and thrilled to be joining this brilliant cast and creative team for her American Stage debut! She recently received her Master’s of Acting at The FSU/ Asolo Repertory for Actor Training. She was last seen on the Theater at Monmouth (Monmouth, ME) stage in George Brant’s one-woman show Grounded. Amber passionately believes in using theatre as a vehicle for healing, teaching, and perspective; for giving voice to the communities that have been silenced and overseen for so long (BIPOC and LGBT+ especially). She thanks you for your time and energy; stay groovy, yall.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES

December 5, 2021 at 1pm

Take a peek behind the curtain before the opening of each production with a presentation by American Stage staff. They provide insight into the history and central themes of the play, as well as a discussion with members of the creative team who provide an insider’s perspective on their process.

Guest Speakers include: Dedee Aleccia, Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj and Rachel Harrison.

Pricing: $10 for General Public.
Free for American Stage Subscribers and Act 1 Club Members

 

Beyond The Footlights: TALKBACK

December 12, 16, 23, 30 (Directly following select performances)

After experiencing the performance, join Producing Artistic Director, Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, for a conversation exploring and reflecting on the themes, connections, and ideas that ignite us. Guest panelists include relevant voices from the St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay community and beyond.

Guests:

December 12- Barbara St. Clair, Creative Pinellas

December 16- Caryn Nesmith, University of South Florida

Free for performance ticket holders.

Before the Show: PROLOGUE

Fridays, Saturday Matinees and Sundays (30 minutes prior to select performances)

December 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 31, January 2

Arrive early to explore fascinating details about the play and the artists who brought it to life in this brief pre-show presentation. Learn what to look for as you head into the theatre to experience the world of the play.

Free for performance ticket holders.

Coming Soon.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association | #Member of the United Scenic Artists union