Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 80 Pages, 5.12 × 7.48 × 0 in
Published: August 1, 2001
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1557835500
ISBN - 13: 9781557835505
From the Publisher
(Applause Books). Paul Sills, the master of improvisation and found of The Second City and creator of Story Theatre and who has influenced some of theatre''s most important directors, writers and actors adapts for stage one of the classic works of literature, Charles Dickens'' masterpiece, A Christmas Carol. Included as well are some of the exercises devised for Story Theater by Viola Spolin, renowned for her work with games and improvisation and whose best-selling text has become the definitive guide to improvisational practice.
About the Author
Charles Dickens, perhaps the best British novelist of the Victorian
era, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England in 1812. His happy
early childhood was interrupted when his father was sent to
debtors' prison, and young Dickens had to go to work in a factory
at age twelve. Later, he took jobs as an office boy and journalist
before publishing essays and stories in the 1830s. His first novel,
The Pickwick Papers, made him a famous and popular author at the
age of twenty-five. Subsequent works were published serially in
periodicals and cemented his reputation as a master of colorful
characterization, and as a harsh critic of social evils and corrupt
institutions. His many books include Oliver Twist, David
Copperfield, Bleak House, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol,
and A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens married Catherine Hogarth in
1836, and the couple had nine children before separating in 1858
when he began a long affair with Ellen Ternan, a young actress.
Despite the scandal, Dickens remained a public figure, appearing
often to read his fiction. He died in 1870, leaving his final
novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished.
Paul Sills is a renowned master of improvisation, founder of The
Second City and creator of Story Theatre.