Dickens' "Oliver" Gets New Twist as Empty Space Presents Twisted Olivia, Nov. 28-Jan. 10 | Playbill

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News Dickens' "Oliver" Gets New Twist as Empty Space Presents Twisted Olivia, Nov. 28-Jan. 10 While many theatres are staging Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," Seattle's Empty Space Theatre present a new twist on another of the author's classics Twisted Olivia: A Meditation on 'Oliver Twist,' Nov. 28-Jan. 10, 2004.

The one-man comedy adapted and performed by Ridiculous Theatrical Company member Everett Quinton opens Dec. 3 in the Washington theater. Fellow Ridiculous vet Eureka directs.

In Twisted Olivia, Quinton stars as a New York drag queen who is immersed in the classic Dickens' novel when it arrives on her doorstep. While readying a surprise birthday for a friend, she reenacts parts of the book using random objects from her cluttered apartment.

Quinton previously took on another Dickens classic, A Tale of Two Cities, in the late '80s, when he was artistic director of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company.

The production uses the original designs — used in the original Austin run at the Zachary Scott Theatre Center — by Heyd Fontenot (set), Brian C. Hemesath (costumes), Bryan Scott (lighting) as adapted and implemented by the Empty Space staff.

For tickets to Twisted Olivia at The Empty Space, 3509 Fremont Avenue in Seattle, WA, call (206) 547-7500. For more information, visit www.emptyspace.org.

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