CATCO Announces Virtual Holiday Play: A Columbus Christmas Carol
Contemporary retelling of Dickens’ classic presented virtually Dec. 16-27
CATCO’s virtual season continues next month with a contemporary retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic,
A Columbus Christmas Carol, Dec. 16-27. Directed by CATCO artistic director Leda Hoffmann, written
by Julianna Gonzalez, and featuring a cast of Ohio actors. CATCO’s contemporary adaptation of A
Christmas Carol is set in Columbus and features bank owner Ebony Scrooge as she embarks upon a
journey of family, redemption and love.
“We can’t wait to introduce audiences this holiday season to a new, contemporary, and local version of
the story that we know well. Julianna’s play asks us to rethink its familiar themes of kindness, charity and
redemption through a present-day lens,” Hoffmann said. “During this upcoming holiday season, when
many family traditions will be celebrated differently, it is our sincere hope that this production will
brighten spirits and bring people together even when we are apart.”
This virtual story of a central Ohio family will be told by an all-Ohio cast and creative team. Longtime
Columbus actor Patricia Wallace-Winbush will perform the role of Ebony Scrooge. She has performed
with local theatre companies, most notably CATCO, Players Theatre, Gallery Players, Red Herring
Theatre Ensemble, Short North Stage and PAST Productions Columbus, where she is also co-founder and
co-producer. She is a member of Good Medicine Productions as Doctor Funzi, a healthcare clown, and
recently performed her one-woman show, Thank God I Look Good in Pink, which chronicled her journey
as a breast cancer survivor.
Wallace-Winbush is joined by Ernaisja Curry (Fanny); Kathy Mendenhall (Scrooge’s Mom); Frank Ruiz
(Cratchit); Andrew Pandolfi de Rinaldis (Tiny Tim); Nadja Simmonds (Ghost #1); and Christopher
Austin (Ghost #2).
Tickets are available by purchasing CATCO’s 2020-2021 virtual season pass for $55 at
www.catco.org/season-pass. Single virtual passes (one ticket per device) for A Columbus
Christmas Carol are available for $20 each at www.catco.org/columbus-christmas-carol/
Ticketholders have two ticket options:
• an opening night ticket with a link to view the inaugural airing of the show, including a live chat
with other viewers and access to a post-show opening celebration and talkback with members of
the cast and artistic team.
• a standard ticket with a link that provides access for one viewing, whenever it’s convenient for
the virtual ticket holder, throughout the run of the show (Dec. 16-27). Once viewing has begun,
the show will be available for 24 hours.
This multigenerational virtual play features one young performer as Tiny Tim and is appropriate for all
ages. It has a run-time of about one hour.
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