Saturday, December 10, 2022

A Carol for Trenton

My two-person adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic A Christmas Carol is now up and running at Passage Theatre Company in Trenton.

Passage puts on plays at the Mill Hill Playhouse, originally the Messiah Church, built in 1873. The building was taken over in 1902 by the Lutheran Church of the Saviour, which merged with other congregations in 1967. In 1977, while the building was standing empty, it was gutted by a fire and was later converted to a theatre by the city. Today it provides a picturesque home for live drama, just a short walk from the historic Mercer Cemetery and the Trenton train station.

If you want to come out and see a show, there are three performances left: Saturday, December 10th at 3:00 pm, Saturday evening at 7:30 pm, and then a Sunday matinee on December 11th at 3:00 pm. I saw the opening last night, and I'll be back for the closing on Sunday. The show features two hard-working actors, Peter Bisgaier as Scrooge and Richard Bradford as everybody else! Costumes designed by Anna Sorrentino provide a mixture of the Victorian and the contemporary, and Greg Pernicone's set fills the stage with magic.

Aaron Oster directed the production. He's local to the Trenton area, but previously lived and worked in Minneapolis. He was the Associate Artistic Director for both EgoPo Classic Theater (2006) and Luna (2011-13). He received the 2004 CEC New Edge Residency Award for Theater and was previously a member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors' Lab.

I hope this production can fill people with holiday cheer!