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Olney Theatre Center's A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas Returns Featuring Paul Morella's Acclaimed Solo Performance

Olney Theatre Center presents Paul Morella's unique solo performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab from November 24 - December 31, 2017.

Back for its eighth Holiday season, Morella's one-of-a-kind adaptation has been universally hailed by critics. The Washington Post declared "Interpretations of the Dickens classic must run into the thousands, and if you have a favorite - well, God bless you, every one. Right now, mine is actor Paul Morella's solo version at the Olney Theatre Center." MD Theatre Guide said, "Mr. Morella ignites the imagination with his natural storytelling abilities." Washington City Paper said "no single performance can compare with Olney's Paul Morella."

Morella plays almost 50 characters in his time-honored retelling, imagining the novella with a different twist each year. He remains faithful to Dickens' prose, imagery, and characterizations, yet year after year, delves deeper into each character.

According to Morella, "Every year my goal is to make the show ever more immersive and this year that includes extending the show environment further out into the lobby and even to the outside of the theatre. We are also playing with incorporating projections into the show."

This heartwarming tale of holiday redemption and renewal has received critical acclaim, sold-out houses, and become a holiday tradition for many DC theatregoers.

"Paul's masterful solo performance presents Dickens' novel like you've never seen it before," says Olney Theatre Center Artistic Director Jason Loewith. "This holiday season audiences can rediscover this classic story of A Christmas Carol and be immersed in the wonderful atmosphere created for this theatrical adventure. All of us at Olney are proud to continue the tradition of presenting this intimate A Christmas Carol, now for the eighth time!"

A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas is made possible in part by production sponsors James Pape and Nancy Newman-Pape.

Adapted and Performed by Paul Morella

November 24 - December 31, 2017
Press Night: Saturday, December 2 at 7:45 pm

Performances are Wednesday-Saturday evenings at 7:45 pm; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00pm; Weekday Matinee performances on December 20, December 22 and December 27 at 3:00pm; and a special evening performance on Tuesday, December 26 at 7:45pm. No performances on November 29, November 30, December 6 and no evening performance on December 13 and December 27.

Tickets: $20-$40. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more.

A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas is intended for ages 10 and up.

About Paul Morella
Paul Morella has previously appeared at Olney Theatre Center in The Diary of Anne Frank, Awake and Sing!, The Tempest, Rancho Mirage, A Christmas Carol, Over the Tavern, Witness for the Prosecution, Opus, Dinner With Friends, A Passion For Justice, The Millionaires, Rabbit Hole, Brooklyn Boy, Sight Unseen, The Mousetrap, Private Lives, 'Art', Coffee with Richelieu, The Laramie Project, The Rivals, Becket, Broken Glass, M. Butterfly, Monster, Night Must Fall, and The Time of Your Life. Other regional appearances include leading roles at Folger Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Studio Theatre, Round House Theatre, MetroStage, Potomac Theatre Project, Theater J, Everyman Theatre, Rep Stage, The Delaware Theatre Company, Two River Theatre, and The Kennedy Center.

About Olney Theatre Center
Olney Theatre Center is an award-winning, nonprofit, Equity theatre. Located just north of Washington, D.C. in arts-rich Montgomery County, Maryland, Olney Theatre Center offers a diverse array of professional productions year-round. It is situated on 14 wooded acres in the heart of the beautiful Washington-Baltimore-Frederick "triangle," within easy access to all three cities and is also home to the National Players, America's longest-running touring company. Olney Theatre Center is led by Artistic Director Jason Loewith and Managing Director Debbie Ellinghaus. For more information, please visit www.olneytheatre.org.

Follow Olney Theatre Center on Twitter and Instagram @olneytheatre and on Facebook at facebook.com/olneytheatre.

Olney Theatre Center presents Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas, a solo performance by Paul Morella in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, November 24 through December 31, 2017. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased through the Olney Theatre Center Box Office at 301.924.3400 or olneytheatre.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Joshua Ford (Director of Marketing and Communications)
301-924-4485 ext. 155

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