David Hyde Pierce will star as the iconic curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge in The Acting Company’s one-night-only benefit reading of Crispin Whittell’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Directed by Joe Dowling, the former artistic director of the Guthrie Theater, the December 11 reading will be presented at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues).
Emmy and Tony winner Pierce will be joined by Tony winner John Glover, Tony winner Harriet Harris, Edward Hibbert, and Tony winner Julie White, as well as Acting Company alums Matthew Amendt, Matt Bradford Sullivan, and Kaliswa Brewster. (Following the reading, the evening will continue with an exclusive cast dinner at The Union Club.)
The adaptation by Whittell was originally commissioned by Dowling for the Guthrie Theater.
The reading marks something of an incidental Frasier reunion—Pierce famously played the uppity Niles Crane, Harris was dreaded agent Bebe Glazier, and Hibbert appeared as food critic Gil Chesterton.
Performance-only tickets ($75-$250) are now on sale to Acting Company email subscribers and social media followers and to the general public on November 2. Premium, benefit-level tickets—including the performance and the post-show cast dinner at The Union Club—are $1,000 ($625 of which is tax-deductible), and premium show-only tickets are $500 ($250 of which is tax-deductible).
To purchase benefit-level tickets, call The Acting Company at (212) 258-3111. To purchase performance-only tickets, call (212) 772-4448 or visit Hunter.CUNY.edu/KayePlayhouse.