Blessed Unrest

The 2013–2014 Season

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol
Damen Scranton as Scrooge, photo by Alan Roche

December 5–22, 2013

The Interart Theatre
500 West 52nd Street, NYC
(just west of 10th Avenue)

December 14, 2013

The Emelin Theatre
Mamaroneck, NY

Running time: 95 minutes

  • Adapted by
    Matt Opatrny
  • From the novel by
    Charles Dickens
  • Directed and choreographed by
    Jessica Burr
A Christmas Carol

Blessed Unrest gets to the heart of the classic with this powerful and illuminating adaptation of the shocking night when Ebenezer Scrooge is woken from his life of isolation and offered a shot at redemption. Six actors play thirty-seven characters in this raw, physical and darkly funny exploration of Scrooge’s secretive past, the troubled present around him, and the tragic future that is coming if he continues to live with his eyes closed.

In 1843, Charles Dickens planned to publish a political pamphlet entitled “An Appeal to the People of England on behalf of the Poor Man’s Child”, but instead wrote A Christmas Carol. This adaptation returns to the story’s original intent as an examination of an unjust socioeconomic system that benefits a few at the top while the masses struggle to meet their basic needs. It shows the capacity of an individual to break out of solitude, strive to be known, and enact positive change.

Behind the Scenes: A Christmas Carol

An interview with the actors

An interview with director Jessica Burr

An interview with playwright Matt Opatrny

A look behind the scenes at the photo shoot

  • Featuring
    Sora Baek, Jessi Blue Gormezano, Tatyana Kot, Damen Scranton, Nathan Richard Wagner, Joshua Wynter
  • Production stage manager
    Jaimie Van Dyke
  • Costume Designer
    Summer Lee Jack
  • Sound Designer
    Sam Kusnetz
  • Set Designer
    Neal Wilkinson
  • Lighting Designer
    Cynthia Jankowski
  • Production Assistant
    Sara Malinowski
  • Press Rep
    David Gibbs/DARR Publicity