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An Actor’s Carol

Charles Evered
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Burned-out actor Hugh Pendleton, not-so-fresh from playing Scrooge one too many times in the backwater community theatre where his once promising career has met its unglamorous end, is surprised to encounter three spirits of his own in this quirky and compelling ode to the holiday classic.

Production Info

Cast: 4 total (1 female, 3 male, flexible casting, up to 17 actors)
Full Length Comedy (about 90 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“The triumph of Charles Evered’s AN ACTOR’S CAROL is that it takes an old story and makes it seem new … his modernized take on Dickens’ ubiquitous holiday parable takes the Ebenezer Scrooge story out of Pre-Industrial Revolution London and plops it in a squalid playhouse where season after season of no-budget theater has been subsidized by the holiday cash cow that A Christmas Carol has become. It works, because Evered’s even-handed, light-hearted reinvention of the source material not only delivers Dickens’ original story of human redemption, but also adds some very relevant ideas about tolerance, inclusion and the theater.” —Michael C Moore, Kitsap Sun

“If A Christmas Carol restores our love of Christmas, AN ACTOR’S CAROL restores our love of Christmas AND theatre!” —Hal Linden, Tony Award–winning actor

“Shines a 21st-century light on an age-old tale with cleverness, wit and charm!” —V J Hume, C V Independent

“A charming and hilarious modernization of A Christmas Carol.” —Catherine Randazzo, Associate Artist, Florida Studio Theatre

About the Author


  • Charles Evered

    Charles Evered took his undergraduate degree from Rutgers-Newark and an MFA from Yale University, where he studied with director George Roy Hill. Mr. Evered has won several awards for his writing including The Berrilla Kerr Award, The Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship at The Manhattan Theatre Club, The Chesterfield/Amblin Fellowship, The Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellowship, The Bert Linder Fellowship, The Lucas Artist Fellowship and The Crawford Playwriting Award. His plays include: RUNNING FUNNY (premiere featured Paul Giamatti), THE SIZE OF THE WORLD (premiere featured Liev Schreiber), THE SHOREHAM (premiere featured Eric Stoltz), ADOPT A SAILOR (premiere featured Sam Waterston and Eli Wallach,) and CELADINE (premiere featured Amy Irving). Additional plays include: BRIDEWELL, WILDERNESS OF MIRRORS, TEDS HEAD, CLOUDS HILL, TEN, CLASS and LOOKING AGAIN. He has written screenplays and teleplays for studios such as: Universal Pictures, NBC, Dreamworks and Paramount Pictures. His produced film and television credits include an episode of MONK entitled "Mr. Monk and the Leper" for USA Network, starring Tony Shalhoub and co-writing the screenplay for the feature RUNNING FUNNY. Mr. Evered also wrote and directed the feature film ADOPT A SAILOR, starring Peter Coyote and Bebe Neuwirth. ADOPT A SAILOR was an official selection at more than 20 national and international film festivals and premiered on Showtime. His short film VISITING premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. His second feature as a director, A THOUSAND CUTS, starred Academy Award nominee Michael O'Keefe and was nominated for a Saturn Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. It was distributed by Kino Lorber. Mr. Evered's most recent film, OUT, starred Gloria LeRoy and had its world premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival. A new short play, KNOCK KNOCK, premiered in London at Theatre503. Mr. Evered's work has been profiled in The New York Times, BBC World and on NPR, among other outlets. He is a former officer in the United States Navy Reserve, having gained the rank of Lieutenant. In 2010 he formed a production company called Ordinance 14.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 5/14/2019
Pages 66
ISBN 9780881458275

Special Notes

Special Notes

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The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
An Actor’s Carol is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


12/12/2019 – 12/22/2019
Ivoryton Playhouse
Ivoryton, CT