STAGE TUBE: Submit Your Sins to Win Prizes for The Second City's A CHRISTMAS CAROL: TWIST YOUR DICKENS! at CTG
In an attempt to prove that Washington, D.C. isn't the only town that rewards malfeasance, Center Theatre Group is celebrating Los Angelenos' wrong-doings and missteps by asking all residents to search their consciences for the worst things that they have ever done, and submit said misdeeds now through December 23 to win a package of prizes. The holiday prize pack includes two tickets to see The Second City's "A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, a gift certificate to the local restaurant Ugo Culver City and all the Tiny Timtinis and Scrooge Drivers you can drink **. (Please Note: Mr. Scrooge has determined that you and your guest can drink no more than two each - this is a theatre, not a Toronto City Council meeting.) Check out a video about the competition below!
Misdeeds, missteps and general breaches of etiquette committed by each night's audience became an audience favorite during the world premiere of "A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!" when it played the Douglas last winter. The re-twisted production, which begins previews December 8, 2013, at CTG's Kirk Douglas Theatre, expands this new holiday tradition of professional misdeed mocking. ("A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!" opens December 12 and will run through December 29, 2013.)
"In this time of giving, we wanted to take a moment to recognize the people who have done so much to wrong their friends, families and, in some cases, complete strangers," said Center Theatre Group Associate Artistic Director Neel Keller. "But it is both morally imperative and legally prudent to mention that we are not commissioning misdeeds. Untoward acts that are committed just to enter the competition will not be considered."
To submit your misdeeds through Facebook please go to http://woobox.com/4sbmdt. Your misdeed will be kept secret unless you choose to make it public. Misdeeds can also be submitted via mail to Jacob Marley c/o Center Theatre Group, 601 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, California 90012. Misdeeds must include an e-mail address.
Written by Second City alumni Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort (both formerly of "The Colbert Report"), The Second City's "A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!" is directed by Marc Warzecha (Resident Director, The Second City) and the cast features Second City alumni Frank Caeti, Amanda Blake Davis, Ithamar Enriquez, Brendan Jennings, Joe Liss, Jaime Moyer and Ron West.
Created in collaboration with CTG, The Second City's satirical twist on Dickens features Scrooge, the Cratchits and all the time-traveling ghosts normally found in this uplifting holiday fare. "Twist Your Dickens!" also breathes new life into the classic tale of hope and redemption with an ever changing offering of audience confessions that can send the improvisational actors careening into situations and subjects that would make a TMZ producer blush (the recommended age for this production is 16 and above).
The holiday merrymaking is not contained to the stage as the lobby of the Kirk Douglas Theatre has taken on a festive party atmosphere complete with holiday decorations, games and cocktails.
"A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!" has set design by Tom Buderwitz, costume design by Leah Piehl, lighting design by Brandon Baruch and sound design by Cricket S. Myers and the production stage manager is Kirsten Parker.
The Second City specializes in sketch comedy and improvisation and has delighted audiences for over 50 years. With resident stages in Chicago and Toronto and touring ensembles, The Second City entertains over a million guests each year. It is also the largest training center in the world for improvisation, sketch and acting, with schools in Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto, and 20,000 registrations per year. The Second City served as a training ground for a host of famous alumni, including Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, John Candy, John Belushi, Catherine O'Hara, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and more. Colbert said, "The Second City was everything to me," and Murray said, "Second City is the best job anybody in the American theatre can get. It's incomparable." The New York Times reported that "The entire recent tradition of American satire can be summed up in three words: The Second City."
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