A CHRISTMAS CAROL

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STARRING TONY AWARD-WINNER


JEFFERSON MAYS

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PREMIERES ONLINE
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28
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A towering achievement! You’ve seen it before, but not like this. A personal best for Jefferson Mays. He delivers an epic performance embodying 50 characters.
—The Hollywood Reporter

For true theater lovers, there can be no better gift this season. Jefferson Mays is a rare gem and Michael Arden is ingenious.
—Los Angeles Times

A most excellent show! What a pleasure to watch Jefferson Mays.
—Variety

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Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the world premiere of the 2018 Geffen Playhouse production of A Christmas Carol on Saturday, November 28, at 9 p.m. EST via On The Stage streaming services. Tickets will be made available on baystreet.org and are $50 per household, which includes unlimited viewing for 24 hours. The work is one-man adaptation by Jefferson Mays, Susan Lyons, and Michael Arden, based on the famed Charles Dickens novel. The production was conceived by Michael Arden and Dane Laffrey. For more information, contact marketing coordinator, Michael Pintauro, at mpintauro@baystreet.org.

This is A Christmas Carol unlike any other—past, present or future. The timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge comes to thrilling new life as Tony Award-winner Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife, Gentleman’s Guide…) plays over 50 roles in a virtuosic, master class of a performance that one must see to believe. The theatrical achievement comes from the haunting vision of one of Broadway’s most imaginative directors, Tony Award-nominee Michael Arden, who returns to Bay Street Theater following his direction of the 2016 Mainstage production My Fair Lady.

Staged exclusively for this production and captured live with breathtaking clarity, this must-watch streaming event conjures the powerful spirits of Christmas and brings all the magic of live theatre home for the holidays. Other participating theater venues hosting the premiere are La Jolla Playhouse, Actors’ Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Iowa Stage Theatre Company, Sankofa Collective, South Coast Repertory, Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Springfield Contemporary Theatre, Theatre Tallahassee, and Vermont Stage. Ticket sales go toward supporting all partner organizations.

Jefferson Mays’ Broadway credits include OsloA Gentleman’s Guide to Love and MurderThe Best ManI Am My Own WifePygmalionJourney’s End and Of Thee I Sing. Off-Broadway, he has performed in Measure for MeasureLydie BreezeQuills and many more. Regional credits include My Fair LadyRosencrantz & Guildenstern Are DeadThe Importance of Being EarnestThe Cherry OrchardTartuffeTwelfth NightMacbethHamletThe Winter’s Tale and Peter Pan. Film and television credits include the upcoming I Am the Night and the Coen brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Inherent ViceRebel in the RyeI am MichaelThe Notorious Bettie PageUnbreakable Kimmy SchmidtThe AmericansMildred PierceLaw & Order: SVUNurse JackieThe Closer and Dolley Madison. Awards include Tony, Lucille Lortel, Drama Desks, Obies, Outer Critic’s Circle, Helen Hayes, Elliot Norton, Theatre World, Drama League, Jefferson, Drama-logue and Helpmann. Mays received his B.A. from Yale College and an M.F.A. from University of California, San Diego. He is married to Susan Lyons.

Michael Arden (Adaptor, Director) began his theater career at age ten playing Tiny Tim in the Midland Community Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol in Midland, Texas. He is humbled to be working with the singular Jefferson Mays and all the incredible artists and technicians – including his longtime friend and collaborator Dane Laffrey – on this reimagining of Charles Dickens’ masterpiece. Past directing credits include Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening (Tony nomination), Once on This Island (Tony nomination and the 2018 winner of Best Revival of a Musical), American Dream Study (with The Forest of Arden), Maybe Happy EndingJoseph… at Lincoln Center, The Pride, Merrily We Roll AlongMy Fair Lady, and Annie at the Hollywood Bowl. Arden is a regular director for “The Conners” on ABC and will direct the upcoming feature Book of Ruth starring Ruth Wilson and Matt Bomer. He is the Founder and a company member of The Forest of Arden, a collective of artists who create site-specific, immersive, and inclusive new forms of theater. He hopes Scrooge’s visitations might inspire us all to lead more empathetic and benevolent lives. God bless us, everyone! Follow @michaelarden and @forestofardenco

Susan Lyons (Adaptor). After graduating from Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art, Susan worked extensively in theater, film, television and radio, playing a wide range of leading roles with all the major companies. She was awarded the Marten Bequest in 1993. Married to Jefferson Mays, she directed him in the national and international tours of I Am My Own Wife.

Bay Street Theater is a year-round, not-for-profit professional theater and community cultural center, which endeavors to innovate, educate, and entertain a diverse community through the practice of the performing arts. It serves as a social and cultural gathering place, an educational resource, and a home for a community of artists.

 

www.baystreet.org

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