The iconic Charles Dickens tale of rediscovering life and love was adapted by Doris Baizley, and will be richly reimaged for this restaging. Television and film star John "Spud" McConnell will return to the role of Ebenezer Scrooge, while also directing the production.
"We're thrilled to bring A CHRISTMAS CAROL back to the stage in New Orleans," says Southern Rep Theatre's Producing Artistic Director, Aimée Hayes. "We've revised the scenic design, music and costumes, offering up a fresh take on this classic play. With Spud at the helm, audiences can expect lots of hi-jinks, fun and laughter, along with a handbell chorus and plenty of dancing!"
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Doris Baizley
Directed by John "Spud" McConnell
Featuring: Graham Burk, Laura Friedmann, Jonathan Greene, Mike Harkins, Danny Herre, Donald Lewis, Sherri Marina, Jessica Mixon, Rachael Anne Pace, Josh Smith, Joshua Toups and John "Spud" McConnell
PERFORMANCE LOCATION, DATES & TIMES
December 6 - December 21, 2014 (Previews: December 3-5)
Performances: Thursdays - Saturdays: 8:00pm / Saturday and Sunday Matinees: 3:00pm
Marquette Theatre, Loyola University
6363 St. Charles Avenue
Marquette Hall, 2nd Floor
Children under 12: $12.50
Discounts are available for seniors, students, teachers, members of the military, theatre professionals and Southern Rep subscribers by calling the Southern Rep Box Office at 504-522-6545.
About John "Spud" McConnell
John "Spud" McConnell has appeared in more than 40 films, ranging from obscure independent films - mostly produced in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast Region - to major cinematic releases, including the Coen Brothers' O Brother, Where Art Thou? McConnell has also appeared in numerous plays, including an Off-Broadway run in the one-man show THE KINGFISH, wherein he portrayed colorful Louisiana Governor Huey P. Long. Affectionately referred to as "Spud," he is perhaps best-known for having portrayed Ignatius J. Reilly in A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES, adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. In that role, McConnell was the model for a life-sized bronze statue of the fictitious character on historic Canal Street in downtown New Orleans. On television, McConnell made several appearances over three seasons on "Roseanne," alongside good friend and colleague John Goodman. More recently, McConnell was featured in a recurring role on the FX series "The Riches," starring Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver, and in a supporting role on the HBO series "Treme" as a fictional disk jockey at authentic radio station WWOZ. In real life, McConnell hosts a daily call-in talk show called "The Spud Show" on 3WL 1350 AM.
About Southern Rep Theatre
Now in its 28th Season, Southern Rep Theatre produces award-winning programs that are engaging, educational, and accessible for audiences of every socioeconomic background. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director, Aimée Hayes, Southern Rep Theatre's Mainstage Season work includes bold World and Regional Premieres as well as the best of Broadway, off-Broadway, and classic plays. Southern Rep Theatre's Lagniappe Series and "School to Stage Pipeline" of Arts Education Programs reflect the company's ongoing commitment to new play development by providing resources for students and burgeoning theatre professionals and supporting a more diverse theatre community. A mainstay of New Orleans' arts community, Southern Rep Theatre continues to build on its unique position as a sector leader, creative force, and important resource for contemporary American theatre.