Have a Wild Christmas Binge at PACA
Jeff Rodland directs Christopher Durang's Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge
NOTE: This event has been canceled due to COVID-19
You wouldn't expect PACA to do your standard Christmas performance, now would you? The Performing Arts Collective Alliance will present Christopher Durang's Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge, directed by Jeff Rodland.
The show is a twisted take on Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. For example, the "humbug" of Scrooge (Jason Fried) is Tourette's syndrome, the Christmas ghosts are all played by one bold black woman (Krista Perry), and the lead character becomes Mrs. Bob Cratchit, Gladys (Char Newport). The ghost "has this Wayback Machine that goes funky," Rodland (who also plays Bob Cratchit) explains. "It keeps going to Cratchit's house or it'll go to The Gift of the Magi, and to Oliver at one point." He underscored that "it's a very meta play."
"I read this show when it was in manuscript form, because Durang is my favorite author, and Christmas is my favorite thing," explains Rodland. He noted that he had staged a production of the show many years ago at the Roadhouse Theatre, with a run slated at PACA five years ago that never came to fruition. This time around, the assembled cast ended up being tightly knit, a group who were essentially friends to begin with. "I always liked doing Christmas shows. I wanted to be 'Mr. Christmas,' because I could force my friends to be together for six weeks," Rodland jokes.
Regarding the show's musical nature, Rodland indicates that "it's a straight play. It has an opening and closing number and a couple of incidental songs," sung in a manner befitting the characters themselves, 1800s Dickensian Londoners.
For a totally inverted retelling of a tale we know all-too-well, PACA has the goods that should bless us, everyone.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Dec. 10 - 18 // PACA, 1505 State St., Second Floor // Mask required // $15 // For tickets and more information, go to paca1505.org