"Scrooge? I have to redeem old Scrooge? The one man I knew who was worse than I was? Impossible!"
So begins the real story behind Dickens' A Christmas Carol—the story of Jacob Marley's heroic behind-the-scenes efforts to save old Scrooge's soul—and in the process, save his own. Aided by a Bogle, a malicious little hell-sprite with an agenda of his own, their hilarious journey takes them from the Jaws of Death to the Mouth of Hell—and beyond! This irreverent, funny, and ultimately, deeply moving story retells Dickens' classic with warmth and infectious zest. This thrilling performance is sure to become a holiday classic for generations to come!
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol played for two seasons at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. The show was nominated for four Joseph Jefferson Awards, and received an After Dark Award and the Goodman School of Drama's Cunningham Prize for Playwriting. The play has since been performed to rave reviews and standing ovations in theatres across the country, including: Cincinnati Shakespeare, American Stage Festival, Delaware Rep, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Stages Repertory in Houston, North Coast Rep, Third Avenue Playhouse, Sage Theatre Group, and the 1894 Opera House. For seven seasons, it has been broadcast nationally on NPR.
MEET THE PLAYWRIGHT
TOM MULA has been an award-winning playwright, actor, and director for more than 25 years. He received 2 Joseph Jefferson Awards in 1991 for his play GOLEM at the National Jewish Theatre and for his work on Nicole Hollander's hit musical, SYLVIA'S REAL GOOD ADVICE. In 1995, Adams Media published his novel JACOB MARLEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL (the backstage version of Dickens' Scrooge story told by Marley's Ghost;) it became a Chicago Tribune bestseller. The audio version has been broadcast nationwide on NPR for seven seasons, and received an INDI Award for Spoken Word from the Association for Independent Music. The play version received the prestigious Cunningham Prize from the Goodman School of Drama at Depaul. It premiered at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, received four Joseph Jefferson nominations, an After Dark Award, and was repeated the following year. Recent and current productions include: Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival (two seasons), American Stage Festival, Houston Stages, North Coast Repertory, Delaware Repertory Company, 1894 Grand Opera House, Third Avenue Playhouse, Bristol Riverside Theatre, New Theatre Miami, and Sage Theatre Group. In 2001, Peninsula Players in Wisconsin premiered his newest play, ALMIGHTY BOB.
Some of Mr. Mula's recent acting credits include HOT MIKADO at Drury Lane, for which he received an After Dark Award and a Joseph Jefferson Award; his award-winning one-man performance of his book JACOB MARLEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL; Lawrence the nurse in Christine Thatcher's EMMA'S CHILD; the Fool in KING LEAR with James O'Reilly; Richard III, Caliban, Bottom, Feste, Malvolio, and Prospero; another award-winning solo turn as THE CIRCUS OF DR. LAO; and seven seasons (over 400 performances) as Goodman Theatre's Scrooge. His directing credits include Jeff nominations for PORCH and A LIFE, and the world premiere of Larry Shue's WENCESLAS SQUARE in Chicago and at the Queens' Festival in Belfast.
Mr. Mula is an Artist-in-Residence Columbia College. He can be reached at: ContactMrMula@aol.com