Scrooge was horrid, to begin with. Michael Halberstam, artistic director at Writers Theatre, streams a one-man reading of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” (Images courtesy of Writers)
Interview: Writers’ artistic director reflects on his streamed journey across the harrowing, redemptive nightscape of Ebenezer Scrooge.
By Lawrence B. Johnson
If actors are vessels for the characters they portray, Michael Halberstam has made of himself a grand repository of the diverse populace – living, deceased, earthly and unearthly – immortalized in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Halberstam, the founding artistic director of Writers Theatre, reads the story, or perhaps inhabits it, all alone in a streamed performance that runs through Jan. 3.
As Halberstam hastens to emphasize, his “Christmas Carol” is no nose-in-the-book recitation, but rather a fully produced video that strives to put the reader – for he is indeed reading – at the fulcrum of a charged drama that invokes spirits, plain folk and a covetous old sinner who has cut himself off from the world. Read the full story »