Genre: Drama, Dance, Kids
Adapted by Matt Opatrny from the story by Charles Dickens; Directed and Choreographed by Jessica Bur

In Blessed Unrest’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL, the beloved holiday classic meets innovative, socially conscious devised theatre as a tale of a misanthrope’s redemption turns into a critique of an unjust socioeconomic system. Matt Opatrny’s adaptation returns to the little-known origins of the work: A Christmas Carol was created in lieu of a political pamphlet “An Appeal to the People of England on behalf of the Poor Man’s Child,” which Dickens wrote in 1843 but never published. The story focuses on Ebenezer Scrooge’s lonely existence and his life-changing decision to enact positive change in the troubled world around him.

“I love this story, but it's usually made too easy,” explains playwright Matt Opatrny. “It's very political and timely, and it highlights the individual responsibility and power to affect change. It's the story of a person grappling with who they are, how they got there and how to forge a new path. It's the story of genuinely seeing the people around you, seeing yourself, and choosing to make things better,” he further explains.

Under Jessica Burr’s direction, A CHRISTMAS CAROL becomes a raw, physical, and darkly comic story, while still remaining a family-friendly holiday show. Six performers play thirty-seven characters who speak fluent Dickens, wear quirky costumes... and dance to Lady Gaga.  

About the Company: Blessed Unrest

Blessed Unrest is committed to producing dynamic, disciplined, and exuberant new works for the stage by training and collaborating as an ensemble of artists, building original pieces, and reconstructing established texts.

Cast: Claire Fort, Becca Schneider
Open:   12/20/16
Close:   12/31/16

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Wednesday-Friday, December 21-23 at 7:30pm
Friday, December 23, at 3:00pm
Saturday, December 24, at 2:00pm
Monday-Friday, December 26-30 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 31st at 3:00pm

Theater:   The New Ohio Theatre
Address:   154 Christopher Street (between Gre
New York, NY 10014
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Jessica Burr  is a director, choreographer, peformer, and the founding Artistic Director of Blessed Unrest. She was honored with the 2011 Lucille Lortel Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women, in recognition of her work as a director and the body of work that Blessed Unrest has created under her leadership. She received the 2013 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Choreography/Movement and was a nominee for the same in 2015. She has directed and choreographed numerous productions and workshops for Blessed Unrest including Body: Anatomies of Being (with the New Ohio Theatre), Lying (2015 IT Award nominee), A Christmas Carol, Eurydice's Dream (2013 IT Award winner), The Sworn Virgin (with Florent Mehmeti of Teatri Oda, Kosova), The Storm, ArtCamp SexyTime FootBall, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Measure for Measure, the 365Days/365Plays Festival and Doruntine (with Florent Mehmeti). Burr has taught workshops in physical and devised theatre at Centenary College (NJ), Prishtina University (Kosovo), Texas Tech University, and at the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. She has a degree in theatre and dance from Bard College.

Playwright Matt Opatrny is the Founding Managing Director of Blessed Unrest. With Blessed Unrest, Opatrny authored scripts for Body: Anatomies of Being, Hold (2008 NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production), Burn, and Crave, and co-wrote The Sworn Virgin and Doruntine (with Teatri Oda). He also co-wrote Eurydice's Dream, ArtCamp SexyTime FootBall, and co-adapted Lying and Certain Things Which I Will Call Sacred (The Lovers' Project). Opatrny has taught devised theatre at Texas Tech's WildWind Performance Lab, and movement and stage combat at Centenary College, The School for Film and TV, Greenwich Academy and Columbia Preparatory. He has trained with the SITI Company and at Clemson University.

J.Stephen Brantley Ebenezer Scrooge

J.Stephen Brantley is an actor, playwright, and the Producing Artistic Director of Hard Sparks. His recent off-Broadway acting credits include the leading role in the 2008 indie hit The Jamb at The Kraine, which he also wrote; The Directors Co. production of Murder In The First at 59E59; and Theatre 167’s Pirira at West End Theater. Brantley has also worked with Big Dance, CapsLock, Cucaracha, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Jewish Plays Project, and many others, and performed at such venues as HERE, LaMaMa, Metropolitan Playhouse, P.S.122, and Soho Rep. He is a graduate of NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing, an eight-time New York Innovative Theatre Award nominee, and an inductee of the Indie Theatre Hall Of Fame. His other accolades include the Micheál MacLiammóir Award for Best Actor at the 2013 Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival.

Tatyana Kot has performed with Blessed Unrest in Body: Anatomies of Being, Doruntine, Eurydice’s Dream and A Christmas Carol, and workshops of A Christmas Carol and The Greeks. She was born and grew up in the Soviet Union, where she trained and performed with a local ballet company in Kazakhstan. When it was time to get a “real” job she moved to NYC, where she could continue to dance, act on stage and screen, and model. Tatyana was a Blessed Unrest groupie for a couple years before starting to train with them. Her awards include Best Actress in Midtown International Theater Festival in 2012 and Best Actress in Planet Connections theater festivity in 2013. Tatyana Kot is a breast cancer survivor and advocate. She has several plays and dance projects dedicated to her.

Nathan is an Associate Artist of Blessed Unrest and has worked with the company in Body: Anatomies of Being, Lying, A Christmas Carol and 400 Parts Per Million. He is an actor, musician, teacher, and puppeteer. With his ensemble, The Roadsters, both Ohio, Revisited and What Happened in Ohio. Puppet work includes Hobo Grunt Cycle with the UNIMA award-winning puppet company Lone Wolf Tribe and GORMANZEE with anna&meredith. After Midnight and The Gray Notebook in Target Margin Theater’s Lab Series. BA from the University of Kentucky.

Joshua debuted with Blessed Unrest in Body: Anatomies of Being and A Christmas Carol. Not only does he share his passion for acting and creating physical theatre with Blessed Unrest, he has been a featured artist at the Metropolitan Opera (Hamlet, Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci), is a performance artist/educator with Bond Street Theatre Coalition, and is a member of Broken Box Mime Theatre and Big Apple Playback Theatre. Beyond performing, Joshua has directed inner city children for the Police Athletic League (PAL), worked with the Girl Scouts of the USA, and lead physical theatre workshops in schools, churches, and theaters in the U.S. and Haiti. Joshua studied theater at SUNY University at Buffalo and Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.