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New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis

In this witty and insightful new creation, the award-winning Hatcher imagines the struggle Dickens has in creating an adaptation of the Biblical Gospels, to be performed for his children on Christmas Eve, 1849. The play opens with the taunting of Dickens by his 12-year-old neighbor, Algernon Charles Swinburne, who later would become one of Englandís most renowned writers. This unpleasant encounter spurs Dickens to write a tale quite unlike his usual fiction. As he wrestles with the text and how to best present it to a brood that ranges from 2 to 10 years of age, he is distracted by his anxieties for them, and by his reflections on the society in which they will live. The result is a play that explores the conflicts, emotions and self-doubts of the great writer with humor and insight.

Thru - Apr 16, 2017

Tuesdays: 7:30pm
Wednesdays: 7:30pm
Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 5:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm

Price: $31-$38

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  To Begin With Reviews

Star Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...Dickens the actor gives a marvelously textured performance as Dickens the writer, ably communicating his unique mix of incisive wit, quick empathy and maudlin sentimentality. He has no trouble commanding the audienceís attention over the course of this two-hour show."
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Lisa Brock

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