Part of "Stage Windows" for Boston BID (English Subtitled)
Live now through Jan 31: 4:00-9:30PM at 467 Washington Street, Boston, MA
Starring: Will Lyman, Directed by: Steven Maler
Written by: Charles Dickens, Adapted by: Fred Sullivan Jr.
The holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens comes to life in Downtown Crossing in a production that includes performance and projections, created by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. The production is part of Downtown Boston Business Improvement District’s “Stage Windows” initiative, which features installations in storefront windows created by four top Boston-area performing arts organizations. CSC’s installation is now live and runs through January 31 in a storefront at 467 Washington Street. The show will run on a continuous loop from 4:00-9:30 p.m.
CSC’s “A Christmas Carol” is presented in a reduced 40-minute adaptation, and features a recorded solo performance by award-winning Boston actor Will Lyman, directed by CSC Founding Artistic Director Steven Maler. Victorian London will be brought to life through video projections that will light up the storefront. Audiences will view the production from the pedestrian walkway in front of the storefront, and can watch all or just parts of the show. English subtitles will be available.
About the project, Steven Maler says: “We’re so pleased to be part of the Boston BID’s holiday initiative, along with our other colleagues in the Boston-area arts community. This initiative is a wonderful gift to the City during this holiday season and also provides much-needed support to performing arts organizations that have been so severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Partnerships between arts organizations and businesses will be an important model for recovery, weaving together the economic and civic interests shared by all.”
In addition to CSC, the other organizations that are being featured in “Stage Windows” are Boston Ballet, the Huntington Theatre, and Revels.
CSC is grateful to the Downtown Boston BID and TwinFocus for their support.
Will Lyman-Boston Stages: King Lear, Ulysses on Bottles, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Windowmen, Operation Epsilon, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, All My Sons, Exits and Entrances, The Oil Thief, Nicholas Nickleby, King of the Jews, Prospero, Brutus, Claudius. Off-Broadway: The Novelist, Passion of Dracula, Grinding Machine, The Dwarfs. Television: “Commander-in-Chief”, “Threat Matrix”, “Hull High”, “Crossbow”, “American Meltdown”, “Our Fathers”, soaps. Film: “Little Children”, “A Perfect Murder”, “The Siege”, “Mystic River”, “Welcome to the Dollhouse”, “What Doesn’t Kill You”. Narrator: “Frontline”, “NOVA”, “American Experience” etc. Awards: Norton Outstanding Achievement (4 plays), Norton Sustained Excellence 2013, IRNE, NETC Award for Contribution to American Theatre, Howard Keel, Best of Boston, Imaginaire.
Steven Maler is the Founding Artistic Director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC). At CSC he has been directing Free Shakespeare on the Boston Common productions since 1996, including Richard III, Love’s Labour’s Lost, King Lear, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Coriolanus, All’s Well That Ends Well, Othello, The Comedy Of Errors, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Henry V, The Tempest, Julius Caesar, and Romeo & Juliet. Other CSC works include his critically acclaimed production of Naomi Wallace’s adaptation of William Wharton’s novel Birdy, Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden, the world premiere of Jake Broder’s Our American Hamlet, and the world premiere of Robert Brustein’s The Last Will. In collaboration with Boston Landmarks Orchestra, he directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring the Overture and Incidental Music of Felix Mendelssohn, as well as concert stagings of The Boys from Syracuse and Kiss Me Kate at Boston’s iconic Hatch Shell. For CSC he has also directed one-night-only readings of iconic plays featuring Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Paul Rudd, Anthony Mackie, Blair Brown, Tony Shalhoub, Brooke Adams, Leslie Uggams, David Morse, and Jeffrey Donovan among others. He conceived and directed Shakespeare at Fenway, an evening of Shakespeare scenes performed at Boston’s iconic Fenway Park, featuring Mike O’Malley, Neal McDonough, Maryann Plunkett, Jay O. Sanders, Kerry O’Malley, Seth Gilliam, Zuzanna Szadkowski, Max Von Essen, Christian Coulson, Jason Butler Harner, and many others.
In collaboration with Google, he adapted and directed a first of its kind sixty minute virtual reality film of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, entitled Hamlet 360: Thy Father’s Spirit, starring Jack Cutmore-Scott, Jay O. Sanders, Brooke Adams, and Faran Tahir. It is currently available for viewing on Boston public media producer GBH’s YouTube channel; for more information, visit www.wgbh.org/hamlet360.
Outside of CSC, he directed Maria, Regina D’Inghilterra for Odyssey Opera, Péter Eötvös’ operatic treatment of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America (U.S. Premiere) and Thomas Adès’ Powder Her Face for Opera Boston, The Turn of the Screw at New Repertory Theatre, Santaland Diaries and Chay Yew’s Porcelain at SpeakEasy Stage Company, Top Girls and Weldon Rising at Coyote Theatre, and The L.A. Plays by Han Ong at A.R.T. His New York City credits include the New York Musical Theatre Festival production of Without You, written by and starring Anthony Rapp. The production has been seen in Boston, Edinburgh, Toronto, London, and Seoul.
He received the prestigious Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence, as well as for Best Production for Twelfth Night and All’s Well That Ends Well; Outstanding Director, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Best Production, SubUrbia; Best Solo Performance, John Kuntz’s Starf***ers (which also won Best Solo Performance Award at New York International Fringe Festival). His feature film “The Autumn Heart,” starring Tyne Daly and Ally Sheedy was in the Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival.
Fred Sullivan is celebrating 16 seasons with CSC. On the Common, Fred has played Bottom, Jaques (Norton Award winner), Ageon, Brabantio, Parolles, Menenius, First Gangster (Kiss Me Kate at the Hatch Shell) Malvolio (Norton Award nominee), Gloucester, Holoferness, Capulet, Buckingham, Stephano and he directed 2019’s Cymbeline and adapted our one-man A Christmas Carol. Most recently, Fred appeared at the Lyric Stage Company as Ben Jonson in The Book of Will and as Tim in The Cake. He spent 35 seasons as a resident actor at Trinity Repertory Company in RI where he appeared in 130 plays and received Norton and IRNE awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in Blithe Spirit and His Girl Friday. His Trinity roles included Falstaff, Harold Hill, Captain Hook, Oscar Madison, James Tyrone, Jr, Daddy Warbucks, Creon, Peer Gynt, Joe Pitt, Alfie Doolittle, Scrooge, Nick Bottom and 118 others. At Trinity, Fred directed Shooting Star, A Christmas Carol and Boeing Boeing. Fred is a Resident Director for the Gamm Theatre (25 seasons) where he directed 35 productions including Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet (each twice) The Winter’s Tale, Macbeth, The Tempest , King Lear, and Awake at Sing (Norton Award for Outstanding Production). As an actor at Gamm, he played Donny in American Buffalo, Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale, Potter/Clarence in It’s a Wonderful Life, Aslasken in A Lie Agreed Upon and Mark Rothko in Red. Fred has also performed at NJ Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theatre Center, Berkeley Rep, and Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. He is featured in the films: Vault, Saving Christmas (w/ Ed Asner), Mister Birthday, Agent Toby Barks and Almost Mercy. He teaches acting at Gamm and RISD.
Jeffrey Petersen returns to CSC after designing last season’s Stage2 production of Romeo and Juliet and after assisting Clint Ramos on the recent productions of Birdy and Death and the Maiden. Recent New England design credits include: Maria Regina d’Inghlterra (Odyssey Opera) Mary Stuart, Everyman (NEU) Barefoo
Yee Eun Nam is a visual artist and an award winning set and video designer for opera, theater and any forms for live performances currently based in LA. She was born and raised in Seoul, Korea where she studied sculpture and metal craft.
Recent regional theater design works include Legacy Land (Kansas City Rep), Found Musical (IAMA Theatre Company), Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (South Coast Rep), Augergine (South Coast Rep), The Canadians (South Coast Rep), Black Super Hero Magic Mama (Geffen Playhouse), Sweat (Mark Taper Forum), Bordertown Now (Pasadena Playhouse), Citizen: An American Lyric (Kirk Douglas Theatre, Fountain Theater), Silent Sky (Perseverance Theatre), Sisters in Law (Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts), Las Mujeres Del Mar (Playwright’s Arena), Joy Luck Club (Sierra Madre Playhouse), Hannah and The Dread Gazebo (Fountain Theatre), Mountain Top (Garry Marshall Theatre), SAPO (Getty Villa), Mother of Henry, Members Only, Dementia, A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story (Latino Theater Company), Generation Sex and Lovesick (Teatro Luna).
Opera design works include Then I Stood Up : A Civil Rights Cycle (LA Opera Connects), Notorious RBG in song (Skirball Cultural Center), Venus and Adonis/Savitri (New Camerata Opera, NYC), Backwards from Winter (Center for Contemporary Opera, NYC), Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (The Soraya, LA), Lohengrin (New World Center, Miami), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ariadne auf Naxo, The Tales of Hoffmann, Crucible, Deadman Walking, Cunning Little Vixen, L’enfant et les sortilèges, La bohème, Hansel and Gretel (Miami Music Festival, Miami), Don Giovanni (Freud Playhouse).
In 2020, she has been creating digital contents and video arts with San Francisco Symphony, Boston Lyric Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Goodman Theatre, The Movement Theatre Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre.Yee Eun has multiple nominations for LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award and is a winner of LADCC Theatrical Excellence for CGI/Video in 2020. She is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829. MFA in Theater Design at UCLA. BFA in Design and Metal Craft at SNU in Seoul, Korea.
Nancy Leary is a Costume Designer who’s visionary work for Opera and Theater has graced stages across the United States. Experienced in producing both highly conceptual and more traditional models of Opera and Theater costuming, Nancy has successfully applied her expertise to a wide array of theatrical styles and artistic endeavors. From 2000 to the present Nancy has worked on well-established productions, recently developed pieces, and the premier of new works for such places as; Opéra Royal Château de Versailles, Glimmerglass Festival, The Pittsburg Symphony, Virginia Opera, Utah Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Saratoga, Mannes Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Mobile Opera, Juilliard Opera, Opera Boston, as well as Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.mpany, Westin Playhouse, The Julie Harris Theatre, The Barrow Group Theatre, and New York Live Arts to name a few.
Ryan Blaney is a current 3rd year MFA design student at Boston University’s School of Theater. He previously got his BFA at Salem State University’s theater program in design. He is very excited to be working on this project with Small Pond Studios of Georgetown Massachusetts. He is a National Award recipient from the Kennedy Center American Collage Theater Festival.
English subtitles will be available.
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