Play looks at Jacob Marley’s torment

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

‘Marley was dead, to begin with,” reads Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

And what happens to Ebenezer Scrooge’s mean, sour, pruney old business partner after that? Chained and shackled, Jacob Marley is condemned to a hellish eternity. He’s even given his own private tormentor: a malicious little hell-sprite who thoroughly enjoys his work. Desperate, Marley accepts his one chance to free himself: to escape his own chains, he must first redeem Scrooge. So begins Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol – a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge’s heart, indeed, is opened; but not before Marley discovers his own.

The irreverent, funny and deeply moving play, directed by Charles Morey, will open the second annual winter season at the Peterborough Players, with performances Dec. 7 through Dec. 17. Embracing the influences of the original story, the show will include classic Christmas carols that have been arranged under the auspices of Musical Director Tom Frey. The cast includes Monadnock region favorites Frey, Bridget Beirne, Kraig Swartz and Jared Starkey.

Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday.

Single tickets are $39, three-play subscriptions are $180 and six-ticket flex passes can be purchased for $204.

For more information, call 924-7585 and visit peterboroughplayers.org. The Peterborough Players is located at 55 Hadley Road in Peterborough.