A special filmed version of the holiday season classic Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is sure to bring us some much-needed cheer this month. The streaming video event starring Jefferson Mays will be released worldwide on Saturday, November 28, giving all of us something special to look forward to during a time when so many traditions have been canceled or changed.

A Christmas Carol
Chris Whitaker

The streaming video event will benefit the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick as well as other community, amateur and regional theaters across the country which have been devastated by the pandemic, said a press release.

Directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Michael Arden, adapted by Mays, Susan Lyons and Arden, and conceived by Arden and Tony Award nominee Dane Laffrey, the filmed version is based on the acclaimed 2018 production which made its world premiere at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse.

The event is being billed as a virtual version of a classic tale. Tony winner Jefferson Mays, known for Broadway’s “I Am My Own Wife,” plays 50 different roles in this version of “A Christmas Carol” and his stage performance was lauded by critics.

“‘A Christmas Carol’ was my first experience of living theater,” says Jefferson Mays. “My mother and father would read it out loud every year. My father would tell the story with clarity and humanity, while my mother, eyes ablaze, would transform into the characters, from the tortured Jacob Marley to little Fan and the entire Cratchit family. Both, in their ways, created magic. And now here we are, aspiring to bring this magic to people across the country during this challenging time.”

Tickets for “A Christmas Carol” are available to purchase now at George Street Playhouse.org.