Ray Dooley Brings Scrooge & Co. to Life in A Christmas Carol on Dec. 12-23 at PlayMakers Rep

Ray Dooley stars in William Leach's adaption of A Christmas Carol (photo by HuthPhoto)
Ray Dooley stars in William Leach's adaption of A Christmas Carol (photo by HuthPhoto)
Ray Dooley stars in William Leach's adaption of <em>A Christmas Carol</em> (photo by HuthPhoto)
Ray Dooley stars in William Leach’s adaption of A Christmas Carol (photo by HuthPhoto)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Dramatic Art faculty member and PlayMakers Repertory Company mainstay Ray Dooley will bring a host of unforgettable characters from Charles Dickens’ beloved 1843 novel, A Christmas Carol, to full, glorious life on Dec. 12-17 and 19-23 in the intimate 265-seat Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in UNC’s Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art. Dooley will breathe new life into misanthropic miser Ebenezer Scrooge, his long-dead partner-in-greed Jacob Marley, little lame “Tiny Tim” Cratchit, and the gaggle of ghosts whose harrowing midnight visits bring about Scrooge’s Christmas Eve conversion in this wonderful one-man show, adapted by William Leach and directed by Michael Perlman, who made his PlayMakers Rep directorial debut this past July 19-30, directing the PRC Summer Youth Conservatory production of Bye Bye Birdie.

In preshow publicity, UNC’s professional-theater-in-residence notes: “Ray Dooley has been a member of the PlayMakers acting company for nearly 30 years. And it’s been over 20 years since he donned a Victorian top hat for that great Christmas classic, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. In this adaption by William Leach, Dooley becomes a master storyteller, embodying Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim, and a lifetime of Christmas memories in the soul-stirring and heartwarming tale of reclamation, charity, and love.”

In addition to director Michael Perlman, the creative team for A Christmas Carol includes PlayMakers Rep producing artistic director Vivienne Benesch, scenic designer Jan Chambers, lighting designer Dominic Abbenante, costume designer Bobbi Owen, sound designer Adam Bintz, voice coach John Patrick, and production stage manager Charles K. Bayang.

Ray Dooley stars in <em>A Christmas Carol</em> (photo by HuthPhoto)
Ray Dooley stars in A Christmas Carol (photo by HuthPhoto)

PlayMakers Repertory Company presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL, starring Ray Dooley, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12-16, 2 p.m. Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19-22, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art, 150 Country Club Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514, on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.

TICKETS: $15 and up .

BOX OFFICE: 919-962-PLAY, prcboxoffice@unc.edu, or https://tickets.playmakersrep.org/.

GROUP RATES (15+ tickets): 919-962-PLAY (7529), prcboxoffice@unc.edu, or http://www.playmakersrep.org/box-office/groups-and-special-events/.

SHOW: http://playmakersrep.org/show/christmas-carol/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/135614707080710/.

2017-18 SEASON: https://playmakersrep.org/season/2017-2018-season/

PRESENTER: http://www.playmakersrep.org/, https://www.facebook.com/playmakersrep, https://twitter.com/playmakersrep, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayMakers_Repertory_Company, and http://www.youtube.com/user/PlayMakersRep.

PRC BLOG (Page to Stage): http://playmakersrep.blogspot.com/.

VENUE: http://playmakersrep.org/aboutus/kenan.

DIRECTIONS/PARKING: http://playmakersrep.org/visitorinfo.

NOTE 1: All shows are wheelchair accessible, and assistive-listening devices will be available at all performances.

NOTE 2: This show is recommended for audiences nine years of age and older.

NOTE 3: There will be preshow concerts, starting 30 minutes before the curtain rises. Performers include the UNC Walk-Ons (Dec. 13th); Psalm 100 A Cappella (Dec. 14th); the Chapel Hill High School Orchestra (Dec. 15th); the UNC Pauper Players (Dec. 16th); Avante (Dec. 17th); and MYCO (Dec. 19th, 21st, and 23rd).


A Christmas Carol (1843 novel, nee A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas): http://charlesdickenspage.com/carol.html (David Perdue’s Charles Dickens Page), http://web.archive.org/web/20080825120326/http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/DicChri.html (text courtesy University of Virginia Library), and http://www.themorgan.org/collections/works/dickens/ChristmasCarol/1# (facsimile of the novel’s manuscript at the Morgan Library & Museum), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Christmas_Carol (Wikipedia).

Charles Dickens (English novelist, 1812-70): http://www.dickens2012.org/ (Dickens 2012), http://www.dickensfellowship.org/ (The Dickens Fellowship), http://charlesdickenspage.com/index.html (David Perdue’s Charles Dickens Page), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Dickens (Wikipedia).

Michael Perlman (New York City director): http://www.michaelsperlman.com/ (official website), https://playmakersrep.org/artists/michael-perlman/ (PlayMakers Rep bio), https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/michael-perlman-504367 (Internet Broadway Database), http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4358864/ (Internet Movie Database), and https://www.facebook.com/michael.perlman.374 (Facebook page).

Ray Dooley (Chapel Hill, NC actor): http://drama.unc.edu/faculty-member/ray-dooley/ (UNC faculty bio), https://playmakersrep.org/artists/ray-dooley/ (PlayMakers Rep bio), http://www.lortel.org/Archives/CreditableEntity/18744 (Internet Off-Broadway Database), https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/ray-dooley-78324 (Internet Broadway Database), http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1641948/ (Internet Movie Database), https://www.facebook.com/ray.dooley.54 (Facebook page), https://twitter.com/rdooleync (Twitter page), and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Dooley (Wikipedia).


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By Robert W. McDowell

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