TWIST YOUR DICKENS To Open At The Armory

TWIST YOUR DICKENS To Open At The ArmoryThe Second City's A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens returns to Portland Center Stage at The Armory with a new Scrooge played by Isaac Lamb, new jokes, and the same uproariously funny experience Portland audiences have come to expect. Twist Your Dickens begins preview performances on Nov. 27, opens on Nov. 30, and runs through Dec. 23 on the U.S. Bank Main Stage. Ron West returns to direct. Rebecca Sohn joins the cast, while Darius Pierce, Sam Dinkowitz, Chantal DeGroat, Laura Modica, and Nicholas Kessler return with their signature,irreverent take on some of the season's most iconic characters. Written by The Colbert Report alumni and improv comedy veterans Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort, Twist Your Dickens cuts through the typical sweetness of the season to offer something bold, fresh, and acerbically funny.

Regular tickets start at $25 and are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased at www.pcs.org, 503.445.3700, or in-person from the box office (128 NW Eleventh Avenue, Portland, OR). Rush tickets are $20. Students and patrons who are 30 or younger get 50% off premium tickets. $5 tickets are available for Oregon Trail Card holders through the Arts for All program. Discounts for groups of 10+. Active duty or veteran military personnel and their immediate families get 50% off the price of regular tickets. Performance times are Tuesday through Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.; Thursday matinees at noon; date exclusions apply, see below for more information. Recommended for ages 14 and up. Contains mature content, explicit language, theatrical haze and strobe lighting. Children under 6 are not permitted at any production at The Armory. For more information visit www.pcs.org/dickens-2018.

Riffing on parodies of A Christmas Carol and nearly every other holiday tradition, this uproarious troupe of talented improv performers will have audiences rolling in the aisles and screaming ba-humbug for more. Created by legendary titans of comedy The Second City, this irreverent and riotously funny show is updated every year, so audiences can come back for their favorite jokes and revel in the new surprises!

The Second City is known world-wide for its unique brand of humor and satire, as well as for being the launching pad for generations of comedy superstars, including Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, John Candy, John Belushi, Catherine O'Hara, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and many more. Recent Second City productions include the Jeff Award-winning Second City Guide to the Opera with Lyric Opera Chicago and the Helen Hayes Award-nominated production of America All Better!! at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, DC.

New to the cast is Portland-favorite Isaac Lamb (Every Brilliant Thing, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and others at The Armory) as Scrooge and Second City alumn Rebecca Sohn (Ghost of Christmas Present and others) who comes to Portland following performances of My Solo Show of All Duets in Los Angeles and Chicago. Returning for another year of holiday mayhem are; Chantal DeGroat (Well at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Stick Fly at Intiman Theatre) as Belle and others; Sam Dinkowitz (founder of Spectravagasm Sketch Comedy; Year of the Rooster with Coho Productions) as Ghost of Christmas Past and others; Nicholas Kessler (host of OPB's The Moth StorySlam and GrandSlam live) as Ghost of Christmas Future, Bob Cratchit and others; Lauren Modica (Our Town at The Armory, Sense and Sensibility at Oregon Shakespeare Festival) as Mrs. Cratchit and others; and Darius Pierce (The Santaland Diaries, A Christmas Story, and Stupid F***ing Bird at The Armory) as Marley and others.

Regular tickets range from $25 to $87. Rush tickets are $20. Students and patrons who are 30 or younger get 50% off premium tickets. $5 tickets are available for Oregon Trail Card holders through the Arts for All program. Discounts for groups of 10+. Active duty or veteran military personnel and their immediate families get 50% off the price of premium tickets. Prices vary by date and time, and are subject to change. Online: www.pcs.org, By Phone: 503.445.3700, 12-6 p.m., In Person: The box office is at 128 NW Eleventh Avenue. 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on performance days. 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on non-performance days. Groups: Discounts available for groups of 10+ by calling 503.445.3794.

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