In 1843—when Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol as a “ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an idea”—Victorian London was a profoundly unjust society, built on the backs of workers toiling in appalling conditions of poverty and abuse.
Children—both boys and girls—began working in shipyards, nail factories, and iron and coal mines at the age of five and generally died before they were twenty-five. Many factory workers worked twelve-hour days, six days a week … often including Christmas Day.
Dickens was horrified at these conditions.
In October of 1843 he gave a speech to promote the “understanding that the relations between the employer and his employee involves a mutual duty and responsibility.”
But he was determined to do more to affect change in individuals and society at large.
Thus, as author Norrie Epstein writes, “the germinating image of A Christmas Carol was not that of the ghosts, Scrooge, or even Tiny Tim, but the two allegorical children: Ignorance and Want.”
Dickens set out to write a pamphlet about caring for the needy, but instead he was inspired to write a story that he hoped would hit his readers over the head, “like a sledgehammer.”
Our production—set in a Victorian factory—hopes to honor Dickens’ passion and concerns in telling this miraculous story of community, social responsibility, and spiritual redemption.
We hope to provoke, delight and move you as you join us in taking Ebenezer Scrooge on a magical (and at times scary!) journey from a cold, lonely place of darkness and selfishness to a warm world of light and hope. We aspire to honor Dickens’ vision of Christmas as a time of kindness and generosity by inviting you to join us in remembering those in need at this holy time of the year. And we hope that this beloved story of love, community and family will fill you and your loved ones with comfort and joy.
God bless us, everyone!
– Kevin Moriarty, Artistic Director and adaptor of DTC’s A Christmas Carol
|Join us at the Wyly Theatre for A Christmas Carol Nov. 25 through Dec. 26, where we will be continuing our partnership with North Texas Food Bank for the eighth year through the collection of food and monetary donations.|