An Actor’s Carol

November 14-December 30th

Thursday-Saturday – 7:30 PM | Saturday & Sunday Matinees – 3 PM

An Actor’s Carol by Charles Evered

Having played Scrooge many times a cranky actor finds himself visited by three spirits of his own. A cast of 4 play 17 characters in this hilarious new look at a classic that reminds us that the most jaded among us can find magic in the holiday season- and in the theater as well.

November 29th  Best Value Performance – all tickets $25

December 16th  Pay-What-You-Wish( Pay-What-You-Wish is only available 1 hour prior to show time, at the theatre, and is a first come first serve basis. Doors open up 1 hour before the show. Patrons pick whatever seat is available and Pay-What-You-Wish. You must have cash or check only.  If you would like to see the show on this date and don’t want to run the risk of it being sold out, you may still purchase a ticket at a regular price by calling the box office or purchasing online.)

Show Sponsors: Fins Bar & Grille & Peter Shields Inn

ARTIST TEAM

John Little (Hugh)

John Little is delighted to appear at Cape May Stage.  Recent work includes the National Tour of the Roundabout Theatre’s CABARET and RAGTIME at Barrington Stage. John has appeared in AMADEUS, THE GRAPES OF WRATH, HENRY IV and RED VELVET, among many others, at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.  Regional work includes Yale Rep, Syracuse Stage, Pioneer Theatre and Goodspeed. He has played Colonel Pickering in MY FAIR LADY, Atticus Finch in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Polonius in HAMLET and Scrooge in many versions of A CHRISTMAS CAROL.   Off-Broadway credits include HAMLET,  POETIC LICENSE, MILK AND HONEY, and the recent revival of SHADOWLANDS on Theatre Row.  He has toured America in SCROOGE, Europe in CRAZY FOR YOU, and Asia in CABARET.  On television, he has appeared in LAW AND ORDER and BOARDWALK EMPIRE.  John is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and lives in New York with his wife and children.

Kirsten Hopkins (Player 1)

Cape May Stage debut! New York credits include plays that you probably haven’t heard of but should absolutely seek out, like The Last Cyclist by Naomi Patz, Your Boyfriend May Be Imaginary by Larry Kunofsky, and Lonesome Winter by Joshua Conkel and Megan Hill. Regional credits include: Leap of Faith (Marla), Light Up the Sky (Irene), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia), The Pirates of Penzance, Red Ranger Came Calling (Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle), This Land: Woody Guthrie (Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Seattle) and several productions at Seattle Children’s Theatre, including Peter and the Wolf, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and personal favorite Seussical (Gertrude McFuzz). Kirsten is proud to be a member of the NYC artist collective The Playground Experiment, which is dedicated to fostering new theater work. Scenes from her own play, Florence the Firefly, debuted there in 2017/2018. www.kirstenhopkins.com

Kevin Cristaldi (Player 2)

Kevin is pleased to be making his Cape May Stage debut. Off-Broadway credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Masterworks), A Dish for the Gods (Lion Theatre), The Dirty Talk (Center Stage), and Message to Michael (Rattlestick). Other NYC credits include work with Labyrinth, Vampire Cowboys, and Terranova, among others. Regional credits include To Kill a Mockingbird (Cincinnati Playhouse), When I Come to Die (Kansas City Rep), The Exonerated (Florida Studio), Uncle Vanya (Hudson Theatre Works), Freud’s Last Session (Schoolhouse Theatre), Eddie Legs (Lillian Theatre, Los Angeles), The Strip (Evidence Room, LA), The Importance of Being Earnest (Two River), Hamlet (Arden Theatre, Philadelphia), and The Last Station (Vermont Stage). On TV, he has appeared in Numb3rs, Medium, The Unit, raced his bike around town on Gilmore Girls, shot the bad guy on Criminal Minds, and tried to save Buffy’s mom on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Karack Osborn (Player 3)

Karack Osborn: Joined the Stratford Festival Company in 2013 (dir: Martha Henry, Gary Griffin, Tim Carroll amongst others). Elsewhere (selected): Weston Playhouse (dir. Michael Berresse), Bucks County Playhouse (dir. Hunter Foster), Flat Rock Playhouse, Chicago Shakespeare, Hartford Stage, Steppenwolf, The O’Neill Center. FILM: Antony and Cleopatra, King John. TRAINING: The Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, The School at Steppenwolf. Karack was the recipient of the 2015 Michael Mawson Award and was nominated for a Toronto Theatre Award for his work at the Stratford Festival. Proud AEA member. Proudly represented by Actors Talent Group. Love to my family. Always for Brian and Martha

PRODUCTION TEAM

Roy Steinberg (Director)

Roy has directed classical and contemporary plays as well as world premieres all over the United States.  He directed Ann Jackson, Kim Hunter and Alvin Epstein in The Madwoman of Chaillot at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. As a member of Circle Repertory Company, he developed and directed The Marriage Fool with Lynn Cohen and Farley Granger.  His production of Othello played at the Intar Theatre on Theatre Row in New York and he directed Joan Copeland in a new play called Second Summer.  He was the Artistic Director of Theatre Matrix in New York and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin.  He has directed touring companies of bilingual productions of Moliere’s The Miser and The Bourgeois Gentleman.  Mr. Steinberg has also produced and directed film and television including Guiding Light, One Life To Live, Days of our Lives, Forensic Files and Scandalous Art. He has four Emmy nominations for this work.  He directed Jo Beth Williams in Life In General on strike.tv, which was nominated for five Spirit Awards. He also has the People’s Choice Award for producing Days of our Lives. As an actor, Roy Steinberg played on Broadway in Wings with Constance Cummings, at the Yale Repertory Theatre in Measure For Measure with Christopher Walken and at the International Drama Festival in Ireland he played opposite William Hurt in The Rimers of Eldritch.  He has performed roles as varied as Captain Hook in Peter Panto Cassius in Julius Caesar regional theatres and was seen in the CBS Special The Wall with Tom Conti as well as Another World for two years on NBC. At Cape May Stage he played Mark Rothko in Red, Saunders in Lend Me A Tenor, and Victor Velasco in Barefoot in the Park. In 2016 he directed Sex with Strangers, Buyer and Cellar, This Wonderful Life, and Disgraced in which it received The Best Director Award NJ and Best Play NJ from broadwayworld.com. In 2017 season, Mr. Steinberg directed The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Gin Game, and Outside Mullingar, & The Ultimate Christmas Show.  For the 2018 season, Mr. Steinberg has directed Chapter Two, and The World Premiere of The Shuck. He also functions as the Producing Artisitc Director. His produst production is his daughter, Alexa Catherine.

Amy Hadam (Production Stage Manager)

Is so thrilled to be back for her third season! Past Cape May Stage credits include: The Whipping ManSex with StrangersBarefoot in the ParkDisgracedBuyer & CellarOne Christmas CarolBilly Bishop Goes to WarThe Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Gin GameOutside Mullingar, and The Ultimate Christmas Show. She is also the Education Director here at Cape May Stage. Amy has also been the Stage Manager for Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre (Summit, NJ) since 2013, recent credits include: Continuing the ConversationWhat StaysThings Being What They Are, and Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told By Himself). Other credits include: 21: The Musical (NYC), Jekyll & Hyde and Spamalot at Surflight Theatre (Beach Haven, NJ), A Piece of My Heart and Janey Miller’s World Tour at Speranza Theatre Company (Jersey City, NJ), Miss Witherspoon and The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler at The Theater Project (Maplewood, NJ), and Talking to Westfield and At Liberty Hall at Premiere Stages (Union, NJ). Amy is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. 

Meg Dowling (Assistant Stage Manager/Props)

(Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to be returning to Cape May Stage for a second season! She is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University with a B.A. in Theatre. Cape May Stage credits include Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Gin Game; Outside Mullingar; and A Christmas Carol: The Radio Play. NEW YORK credits include Henry V (New York Classical); School for Husbands (New York Classical); New York Innovative Theatre Awards; Brilliant Traces (Rising Sun); and Good Night Lovin’ Trail (Rising Sun). REGIONAL credits: Jesus Christ Superstar (Seven Angels Theatre); He Wrote Good Songs (Seven Angels); Room of My Own (Seven Angels); The First Fifty Years (East Lynne); Closer Than Ever (Mazeppa); and Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon(People’s Light). Meg is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Special thanks to our great team here at Cape May Stage and to Mom, Dad, Chris, and Jess for your never-ending love and support.

Sera Bourgeau (Costume Design)

Is thrilled to be returning to Cape May Stage, as the 2018 Resident Costume Designer! While always a Cape May local at heart, Sera is currently based in New York City, and has spent much of the last decade designing and working at theatres all over the country. Selected Regional Credits: Outside Mullingar (Cape May Stage), Intimate Apparel (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center), A Chorus Line (Mill Mountain Theatre), Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat (World Premiere, Adirondack Theatre Festival), Knights of the Sales Office (ATF), Nickel Mines (Off Broadway New York Musical Theatre Festival), Turn of the Screw (Theater at Monmouth), Still Life With Iris (Long Wharf Theatre). Selected Other Credits: Pericles: Prince of Tyre(Guest Artist, University of New Hampshire), Woyzeck (University of California – Irvine), Nickel Mines(World Premiere, UC Irvine), Tellin’ Tales (Little Red Wagon Summer Tour), Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will? (HCAF Point Theatre). MFA: University of California, Irvine. BA: University of New Hampshire. www.serabourgeau.com

Spencer Potter(Set Design)

Spencer Potter (Scenic Design) is a Professor of Design and freelance costume/set designer working between the Western and Mid Atlantic regions. Spencer’s Design credits at Cape May Stage include Buyer and Cellar, The Whipping Man, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life, Red Hot Patriot, Blithe Spirit, How to Make a Rope Swing, an assistant designer for Time Stands Still. Other design credits include Costumes- The Roads to HomeDie FledermausThe Odd Couple, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Scenery – Singin’ in The Rain, Noises Off, And Then There Were None, Tons of Money, The Woman in Black and Steel Magnolias. In the past, Spencer has also worked as Cape May Stage’s Production Manager/Technical Director and as the Resident Intern Program Coordinator. Many thanks to Roy, Marlena, and Shawn, and Michael.

Mary Kate Smyser (Sound Design)

Mary Kate Smyser (Sound Design) is excited to be returning Cape May Stage for this season as the Sound Designer. Regional credits include: Cape May Stage 2017 Season, Hand to God (Philadelphia Theatre Company – Associate Sound Designer), Hetty Feather (Delaware Theatre Company – Associate Sound Designer and Sound Engineer), Hillary and Clinton (Philadelphia Theatre Company – Assistant Sound Designer), The Secret Garden (The Arden Theatre Company – Assistant Sound Designer), A Christmas Carol (Delaware Theatre Company – Sound Engineer), TouchTones, A Doll’s House, Snow White (The Arden Theatre Company – Sound Engineer), The Tempest (Lantern Theatre Company – Sound Engineer), Really (Theatre Exile – Sound Engineer), Chicago: A 50th Anniversary Concert (Temple University – Sound Designer and Engineer). Thank you to Roy and Marlena and the rest of the Cape May Stage community for having her back this season.

Heather Crocker (Lighting Design)

Heather Crocker (Lighting Design) is a New York-based lighting and projections designer and is thrilled to be returning to Cape May Stage this season. She received her MFA in Theatre Design and Technology (Lighting/Projections Design) from the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 2015. Cape May Stage lighting credits: Billy Bishop Goes to War and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. Other lighting design credits include; Murder For Two (Lyric Stage Company of Boston), The Master Builder (Colby College, ME), Over the River and Through the Woods, West Side Story (City Theatre, ME), End Days (Voice Theatre, NY), The Nether, Kimberly Akimbo, Vigils, The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Mad Horse Theatre Company, ME), The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Almost, Maine (UMKC Theatre), Little Women (UMKC Conservatory of Opera), Number the Stars (Coterie Theatre, KC), Projections design credits include: Freedom Rider (UMKC Theatre),  Ragtime, and Chess at Gallery Players in Brooklyn, NY.

Charles Evered (playwright)

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 Crawford Award, The Berrilla Kerr Award, The Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship at The Manhattan Theatre Club, The Chesterfield/Amblin Fellowship, The Edward Albee/William Flanagan Fellowship, The Bert Linder Fellowship and The Lucas Artist Fellowship at the Millay Colony. His plays include Running Funny, (premiere at Williamstown Theatre Festival featured Paul Giamatti), Adopt a Sailor, (Town Hall — NYC premiere featured Sam Waterston, Eli Wallach and Neil Patrick Harris,) and Class, (premiere featured Thaao Penghlis and Heather Matarazzo.) His plays have been published by Broadway Play Publishing, Samuel French, and Smith and Kraus among others. Additional plays include Traces, Wilderness of Mirrors, Bridewell, Ted’s Head, Clouds Hill, Looking Again, (“Best Ten Minute Plays 2012”, Smith and Kraus) and Ten. 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. Mr. Evered 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 twenty national and international film festivals, premiering on Showtime. In addition, he wrote and directed the short film Visiting, which premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. His second feature film as a director, A Thousand Cuts, starred 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.

His play “An Actor’s Carol,” which he directed, premiered in December 2015 starring Tony winner Hal Linden and was nominated for eight Desert League Awards, winning the Bill Groves Award for “Outstanding Original Writing.” Mr. Evered is a co-founder of the “Charles J. Evered House,” a nonprofit artist residency for military veterans and those who serve in conflict zones located in the Hi-Desert of Southern California, near Joshua Tree National Park. The house is named for his father, a veteran of World War II. Evered himself served in the United States Navy Reserve, reaching the rank of Lieutenant. He is currently Professor of Playwriting at the University of California – Riverside, where he served as the founding artistic director of the Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production. His work has been profiled in the New York Times, BBC World and on NPR, among other outlets.