Staged Reading of A Christmas Carol, with a Worker-Themed Twist

Posted by on July 23, 2014

Title: Staged Reading of A Christmas Carol, with a Worker-Themed Twist
Location: Tides Theatre, 533 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA
Description: Christmas in July? Absolutely! You’re invited to a staged reading of A Christmas Carol with a worker-themed twist—and celebrate the 113th anniversary of Harry Bridges’ birth at LaborFest 2014, July 28th

A Staged Reading to Benefit The Actors Fund
When: 8 p.m., Monday, July 28
Where: Tides Theatre, 533 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA

Who is participating:
Written and directed by SAG-AFTRA member Michael Gene Sullivan of the San Francisco Mime Troupe; with SAG-AFTRA actors Michael Asberry, Velina Brown, Cassidy Jamahl Brown, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Mark Anderson Phillips, and Michael Ray Wisely. Musical Director, Joshua Raoul Brody with musician, Eric Lenchner. AEA Stage Managers Kevin Johnson and Bert van Aalsburg. Musical Tribute to Harry Bridges by Harry’s granddaughter, SAG-AFTRA actor Marie Shell (with Eric Lenchner). Remarks by Robert Bridges, Harry’s son.

Who can attend: Open to the public

Donations accepted for The Actors Fund.

No RSVP required. First-come, first-served basis.

SAG-AFTRA San Francisco-Northern California Local presents the premiere reading of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens as adapted and directed by Michael Gene Sullivan, with musical direction by Joshua Raoul Brody.

The staged reading will feature professional union actors – all members of SAG-AFTRA – and will benefit the Actors Fund, a nationwide human services organization for professionals in the performing arts. Monday, July 28 is also the 113th anniversary of the birth of legendary San Francisco labor leader Harry Bridges, and SAG-AFTRA, along with the Bridges family, invite you to join them after the reading for cake, champagne and music to celebrate Harry’s birth.

This rousing, worker-oriented version of the time-honored Christmas story features classic songs from the labor movement but is re-imagined by Sullivan for the troubled 21st century. Dickens’ themes of labor unrest, joblessness and starvation are now set in an abandoned Occupy encampment, and told from the point of view of the worker, Bob Cratchit, whose beleaguered family lives in a chilly tent alongside a band of Occupy activists and artists. They survive by telling anyone who will listen this classic story of oppression and hope, as they all fall further into the abyss between rich and poor. Will anyone listen?

This staged reading presented by SAG-AFTRA members will take place at LaborFest 2014, which coincides with the 80th anniversary of the 1934 San Francisco General Strike which included longshoreman as well as maritime workers along the entire the West Coast. LaborFest is a month-long cultural celebration, including film screenings, historical walking tours, speakers, poetry readings and this year, a reading by SAG-AFTRA members.

The Actors Fund is a nonprofit, human services organization that serves all professionals—not just actors!—who work in film, theatre, television, music, opera and dance through direct assistance as well as programs that address their unique and essential needs.

Michael Gene Sullivan is an award-winning playwright, director and SAG-AFTRA/AEA actor based in San Francisco. He is also Playwright-in-Residence for the never silent, always political, Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe, and author of the critically-acclaimed and internationally-produced stage adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984.

Joshua Raoul Brody has worked with artists as diverse as Rick & Ruby, Robin Williams, Marga Gomez, Lily Tomlin, Josh Kornbluth, Florence Henderson, The Residents and Tom Waits. He is also a composer and was co-founder of Tango No. 9, Orchestra Nostalgico and other groups.

Start Time: 20:00
Date: 2014-07-28

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