Alyssa Skiba from the ‘Peninsula Pulse’ talks with Alan Kopischke about JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL.
“I think that everybody deserves a second chance,” Kopischke said. “We don’t know the details of the life that has brought people to the point they’re at now and I think there can always be love and kindness and forgiveness and second chances that can warm the hearts of everyone involved.”
Read highlights from the interview by Alyssa Skiba with photos by Len Villano.
Third Avenue Playhouse Brings Jacob Marley’s Redemption Story to the TAP Stage
“Marley was dead, to begin with…”
So begins Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella A Christmas Carol…For more than 150 years, A Christmas Carol has celebrated the redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge and served as an example of the power of generosity and forgiveness. But what about the redemption of the deceased business partner, Jacob Marley, who set in motion the series of events that led Scrooge to repent?
In 1995, author and playwright Tom Mula set out to answer that question with the publication of Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, a twist on the Dickens’ classic that tells the story of Jacob Marley’s “heroic behind-the-scenes efforts to save old Scrooge’s soul – and in the process, save his own.” After becoming an instant Chicago Tribute bestseller, the audio version of Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol was broadcast on National Public Radio and in 1998, the play debuted at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.
This December, Third Avenue Playhouse brings the one-man version of Mula’s modern classic to its small stage for a three-week run, Dec. 8-24.
“It’s told from Marley’s point of view so while we get the arc of the classic story, we’re getting it from a little different perspective,” Kopischke said. “I think it’s a more personal journey, I think it actually goes a little deeper emotionally. Both stories are about redemption but here we’re getting Marley’s path to redemption…Scrooge is kind of acted upon in all of this. He has the ghosts coming to him and sort of forcing him to see things and acknowledge things and confirm things. Marley is a little bit more on his own and has to sort of self-direct this journey so, to me, it’s an even more moving redemption because he takes a more active part in his redemption.”
In Mula’s Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, audiences walk away with a greater understanding of Marley’s life, how he and Scrooge met, the development and deterioration of their relationship, and how the spirit world works.
“I think Marley sees a lot of himself in Scrooge,” Kopischke explained. “While he doesn’t necessarily know what brought Scrooge to this point in who he is and how he’s lived his life, he sees how he has behaved throughout his life in a manner similar to Scrooge and at one point he says something to the effect that, ‘Even if you don’t deserve this, Scrooge, I want to give this to you. I want to give you a second chance.’ That, I think, is part of the beauty of Marley’s redemption is that he sees where he has made mistakes in his life and he decides simply to be generous without the recipient needing to deserve it. I think that is a beautiful gift.
“I think the imagination that Tom has brought to this story is lush, it’s vibrant. I love the world that he creates that’s both familiar but gives us all these different peeks into different corners of it we hadn’t seen before,” Kopischke added.
Through this heart-warming journey of redemption and renewal, Kopischke hopes audiences walk away with a deeper understanding of love, forgiveness and redemption this holiday season.
“I think that everybody deserves a second chance,” Kopischke said. “That we don’t know the details of the life that has brought people to the point they’re at now and I think there can always be love and kindness and forgiveness and second chances that can warm the hearts of everyone involved.”
To read the full article by Alyssa Skiba from the Peninsula Pulse, click here.
JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL, is running now through December 24. For information click here.
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