The Man Who Invented Christmas
December 5th, 2021
2020 - the year of the pandemic and shelter-in-place. They turned upside down with remote living and working. As we slowly move out from under that moment in history What if Works, with the support of the Homestead Center for the Arts, invites you to join actors and director in person for a unique screening of a costumed stage reading of Les Standiford’s “The Man Who Invented Christmas.” recorded remotely with the author himself serving as Narrator of the stage directions.
First published as a book in 2008, a 2018 adaptation for film featured Christopher Plummer as Scrooge. Now the book is adapted into a stage play. Recorded with all actors in remote and skillfully edited with specific Dickensian locations by Paul Steinsland.
Don’t miss this unique theatre event at the Seminole Theatre as we witness Charles Dickens and the struggles he endured during a similar time of excessive restriction while forging his most beloved story, “A Christmas Carol”.
Venue: Seminole Theatre, 18 N. Krome Avenue, Homestead
Time: December 5th, 2021 @ 3:00 PM
Admission: Free. Donations to aid Feeding South Florida.
WiW & Gablestage presents:
Zoomworks - A Midsummer Nights Dream
Confronted by the challenges of playmaking in the age of COVID 19 What if Works offers a highly spirited and innovative approach to “touring” schools in the spring of 2021 with its Zoom Works production of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays.
Set in contemporary Miami the play follows four lovers as they flee the city, each pursuing his or her object of desire. Confusion and mistaken identities abound within the tangled undergrowth of a mangrove forest. Spirits of Tequesta Indians weave spells to both confound and resolve the lover’s plight. The Hard Hat Players, a group of “rude mechanicals”, workmen from a local construction site, rehearse their play for the pleasure of the State Governor.
As with previous school tours, a comprehensive study guide containing essay themes, exercises, and discussion topics will be distributed to teachers and students. While the dramatic scenes are recorded four cast members will appear “live” in each session, providing dramaturgical interventions during the action and conducting a talkback with the students following the performance.