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Author Charles Dickens, Onstage With His Characters, Invents the Story For You
Hillsboro, OR—October 9, 2011—The most popular production in Bag&Baggage history returns to the Venetian stage. It’s the night before Christmas and Charles Dickens is struck by a powerful inspiration: To write a story that will remind everyone of the meaning of Christmas. When Dickens was a child, his father was imprisoned in Debtors Prison and 12-year-old Charles was forced to take lodgings nearby, pawn his books, leave school, and work in a blacking factory. The experience shaped Dickens' work as a writer and social activist for the rest of his life. Published in 1843 as a novella, A Christmas Carol was one of Dickens’ most successful works. In Bag&Baggage’s dramatic treatment of the novella, the audience is transported to Dickens’ study on Christmas Eve, where the writer struggles with conflicting ideas and unruly characters in his inspired tale of ghostly visitations and redemption. One at a time, the characters in the writer's mind come to life and argue, plead, persuade and cajole the author into how best to tell his charming and heartwarming holiday tale.
Bag&Baggage Productions Presents
A Christmas Carol
Adapted and directed by Scott Palmer
Previews Wed Dec 7 & Thurs Dec 8 Opening night Fri, Dec 9 Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat 7:30; Sun 2:00
through Fri Dec 23
Tickets: $27 (adults), $20 (seniors & students), $14 (previews)
253 E. Main St., Hillsboro, OR 97123
At the Venetian Theatre Get tickets: www.bagnbaggage.org Box office: 503 345 9590
Bag&Baggage Artistic Director Scott Palmer found the inspiration E. Main St., Hillsboro, OR 97123 in person Monday-Friday between 2:30pm and 4:30pm. for his adaptation of A Christmas Carol in Charles Dickens’ own diary. Dickens wrote that the idea for the novella struck him so strongly, so profoundly that, upon his return home he retired to his study and “wept and laughed and wept again, and excited himself in a most extraordinary manner in the composition.” Palmer writes, in his introduction to the script, “What I wouldn’t give to be a fly on the wall in that study, watching Charles Dickens leap around the room, talking aloud, and grappling with the simple and profound characters and themes in his little Christmas carol.” This production of Palmer’s adaptation will be Bag&Baggage’s third, and will once again star the delightful Marion Rossi as Ebenezer Scrooge. The rest of the cast includes Ian Armstrong, Megan Carver, Benjamin Farmer, Arianne Jacques, Theresa Park, and Gregory Pulver. Expect the unexpected, and prepare to be delighted and filled with the joy of the season. As Dickens himself wrote, “Nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter.” Note: The content of this performance makes it appropriate for audiences ages 10 years and older. ### Bag&Baggage Productions • Page 1 of 2
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Scott is responsible for all artistic decisions for Bag&Baggage. Scott directed world premiere adaptations of King Lear. Bag&Baggage is the only theatre company of its kind in Oregon. Titus Andronicus. Led by internationally recognized Hillsboro native Scott Palmer. A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2010. Bag&Baggage Productions • Page 2 of 2 www.About Scott Palmer. About Bag&Baggage Productions Bag&Baggage is an adventurous professional theatre company distinguished by our mission to crack open and consider anew the work of major dramatists such as William Shakespeare. Our highly skilled directors and performers transform these stories into new. but also on the sources that inspired them. Director Scott Palmer. has directed and produced critically acclaimed theatrical productions across the globe.org . wholly original creations relevant for contemporary audiences. including play selection. Bag&Baggage’s founding Artistic Director. His radical reinterpretation of Lear was called “a 21st century Lear to cherish” by The Scotsman and his anti-war adaptation of Henry V was called “a thoughtful effort to relate to the modern world” by the Scotland on Sunday. is one of the most beautiful and historic buildings in Washington County. As You Like It and The Tempest. Much Ado About Nothing. As the Artistic Director of Glasgow Repertory Company (Scotland’s Shakespeare company). In the United States. and his work is regularly reviewed and featured in textbooks and journals. and The Comedy of Errors. Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. provocative interpretations of familiar plays by concentrating not only on the original texts. The Venetian Theatre. Scott has adapted and directed versions of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In addition to Shakespeare. Our host venue. We seek to deliver novel. Henry V. His world premiere adaptations of Twelfth Night (featuring added text by F. Richard III. the Westside Cultural Alliance and regularly reviewing grants for the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust. and his own remarkable adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol that puts Dickens himself center-stage. having served on the Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council. Scott is a passionate advocate for the arts. Scott has directed critically acclaimed productions of Arthur Miller’s Death of A Salesman. and Tennessee Williams. located 18 miles from downtown Portland and easily reachable via Max. his Masters at Oregon State University and studied for a PhD in Contemporary Theatre Practice at the University of Glasgow. Scott Fitzgerald) and The Taming of the Shrew alongside Fletcher’s rarely performed sequel The Woman’s Prize have helped to develop an international reputation for Bag&Baggage.bagnbaggage. casting and hiring directors. Antony and Cleopatra. Oscar Wilde. Scott received his BA at the University of Oregon. Scott was awarded the City of Beaverton’s Arts Leadership Award. Scott’s continuing work on major literary adaptations have brought him to the attention of Shakespearean scholars across the world.