December 9 “Cocktails With A Twist” Event is Hosted by the Scenemakers Board
CHICAGO, IL -Â Equal parts naughty and nice, Chicagoâ€™s famed The Second City brings their version of Charles Dickensâ€™ A Christmas Carol to the Goodmanâ€™s Owen Theatre, beginning December 5. Entitled Twist Your Dickens, Or Scrooge You!, this send-up of Dickensâ€™ classic includes a special Chicago-based celebrity guest in a cameo role at each show;Â while audiences wonâ€™t know who appears in this spot from night to night, expected appearances include comedian and Vocalo host Brian Babylon; WBEZâ€™s Niala Boodhoo; WXRTâ€™s Lin Brehmer; Senator John Cullerton; actor Allen Gilmore (Scrooge alternate in A Christmas Carol); chef Stephanie Izard; Chicago Tribuneâ€™s Candace Jordan; Chicago Cubsâ€™ Len Kasper; WBBM-TVâ€™s Bill Kurtis; musician Jon Langford; author Sara Paretsky; Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, B96â€™s Showbiz Shelly; sommelier Alpana Singh and more. Written by former The Colbert Report writers Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort and directed by Artistic Director of The Second City Training Center Matt Hovde, Twist Your Dickensâ€”a â€œriotous havocâ€ (Los Angeles Times) that blends legitimate theater, parody, sketch comedy and improvisation, including the integration of audience â€œmisdeedsâ€ that are written in the lobby preceding the showâ€”finds Scrooge and Tiny Tim hopelessly mixed up with characters from the Peanuts holiday special, the Island of Misfit Toys and even Little Orphan Annie. While the set and costumes reflect The Second Cityâ€™s minimalist aesthetic, audiences can expect to see backdrops of their favorite holiday television specials and the ensemble sporting â€œbusiness casual Dickensianâ€ wear inspired by ugly sweaters and other pop culture icons. Twist Your Dickens runsÂ December 5 – 28Â in theÂ OwenÂ Theatre (press night isÂ December 10 and opening night is December 11) and is appropriate for adults and savvy teens age 16+. Tickets ($15Â -Â $45; subject to change)Â are on sale now, available at GoodmanTheatre.org/Twist, by phone atÂ 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). Please be advised that the show incorporates the use of strobe lights, smoke and haze. A full performance calendarÂ and information for the â€œCocktails with a Twistâ€ event follows.
â€œPeter and Bobby have written a play that not only upends a classic holiday staple of the stage and screen, but lampoons a variety of other holiday farrago that has become an ingrained part of the yuletide season,â€ said Kelly Leonard, Executive Vice President of The Second City and President of Second City Theatricals. Added Goodman Theatre Executive Director Roche Schulfer: â€œThe Goodman has always wanted to pair A Christmas Carol with a holiday production in the Owen.Â The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens, Or Scrooge You! is a perfect fit and we look forward to expanding our audience now and in the future”
As previously announced, the seven-member cast includes Francis Guinan as Scrooge; Frank Caeti as the Ghost of Christmas Past; Peter Gwinn as Jacob Marley; Sayjal Joshi as Tiny Tim; Beth Melewski as the Ghost of Christmas Present; Robyn Scott as Mrs. Cratchit; and Tim Stoltenberg as Bob Cratchit. The creative team includes Tom Buderwitz (sets), Rachel Lambert (costumes) and Gina Patterson (lights). Mara Filler is the Production Stage Manager. Headshots and bio information can be found in the Press Room.
Special Event: â€œCocktails with a Twistâ€
Tuesday, December 9 | 6pm Pre-Show Reception, 7:30pm Performance | $65 with promo code TWIST
The Goodmanâ€™s Scenemakers auxiliary board hosts a night of yuletide debauchery with pre-show cocktails and hors dâ€™oeuvresâ€”with a twist, and a few surprisesâ€”in the theaterâ€™s rehearsal space, followed by a performance of The Second Cityâ€™s send-up of Christmas classics in their holiday revue. The party continues post-show with more holiday libations and revelry. Goodman Theatre is grateful to Nesek Digital, the Presenting Sponsor of the Scenemakers Board 2014/2015 Season; Baird, the Event Sponsor; and Sopraffina Marketcaffe, Trattoria No. 10 and Twisted Stem, the Event Partners of â€œCocktails with a Twist.â€ The Scenemakers young professionals board of 37 is in its 12th season, having contributed more than $80,000 to the Goodmanâ€™s new play development initiatives and Education and Community Engagement programming in the immediate past 2013/2014 Season. Other events scheduled this Season include: â€œTwo Trains and a Sidecarâ€ on March 11, 2015 and the Scenemakersâ€™ signature fundraiser, the fourth annual â€œScene Soireeâ€ on June 13, 2015. For tickets and information visit GoodmanTheatre.org/Scenemakers.