The Dickens You Say!
OK, I admit it's a terrible title for this post - but the show it represents is awesome!
You can read all about it in this story by Beth Hendricks in the Herald-Dispatch:
It's a solitary Christmas show Scrooge himself would appreciate.
A one-man presentation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, adapted by Greg Oliver Bodine, will be presented by Marshall University professor of theater, Jack Cirillo.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. nightly Dec. 10 and 11 at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.
"Christmas Carol came about this time last year, we were talking about two things. One, how can we present faculty work on a more regular basis? The department chair, Julie Jackson, was eager for me to find something I wanted to do acting-wise," Cirillo said.
"Two, we were looking to create an annual benefit, one of our shows that would directly benefit the students. What we want to do is create a library within our building of play scripts. The main library doesn't have a theater section, per se. This would allow us a little more control to the access of play scripts. The goal is to have something put together by spring.
"So, we have a nice holiday event and it's for a terrific cause."
The one-man show Cirillo said has become a "very solitary activity" is an adaptation of Dicken's novella. In researching the piece, Cirillo said he discovered that Dickens himself did two reading tours in America in the 1800s, bringing a condensed version of his stories. The show, which runs approximately an hour and 15 minutes, was one Cirillo saw acted by Patrick Stewart in the late 1980s.
"It's performed from memory, 42 pages of dialogue, in full regalia and complete prosthetic makeup. When I saw Patrick Stewart do it, I was just blown away. With just a very few props and costuming, I want young people to see that theater can be powerful, engaging and moving, even without the bells and whistles. The power of one action with great language, embodying a character, can be astounding," Cirillo offered.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children. Call 304-696-2787 for tickets or additional information.