Cast and Creative
Choose from the lists to the right to see headshots and bios of our
Cast and Creative members.
Jessica Bedford *
(Mrs. Cratchit / Dance Captain)
Last seen on the McCarter stage as Mollie in The Mousetrap. Recent credits: City of Conversation (Anna) at Delaware Theatre Co; And Then There Were None (Vera Claythorne) and The Prescott Method (Peg) at Walnut Street Theatre; Of Mice & Men (Curley’s Wife) and Noises Off (Vicki/Brooke) at People’s Light & Theatre Company; Sylvia (Sylvia) at Act II Playhouse; and Pride and Prejudice (Jane) at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, People’s Light, and Bristol Riverside Theatre. DeSales University, BA; Villanova University, MA Jessica is a member of the adjunct Acting & Directing faculty at DeSales University. Upcoming: White Guy on the Bus at Delaware Theatre Co and 59E59.
Elisha Lawson *
(Young Marley / Ghost of Christmas Future)
Elisha is happy to be making his McCarter Theatre debut. After receiving his theater arts degree at UNC Pembroke, Elisha received a scholarship to attend The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. He was hired by Chicago City Limits Improv troupe straight out of school and has been working ever since. TV credits: Boardwalk Empire, Blue Bloods, and the Netflix original, The Get Down. Elisha is also Co-Founder of his production company, ProDucks Media. www.elishalawson.com
Warner Miller *
Warner is happy to be returning to McCarter after appearing in 2014’s Antony & Cleopatra and the award-winning world premiere of Danai Gurira’s The Convert (also at L.A.’s Kirk Douglas Theatre and Chicago’s Goodman Theatre). Other select credits: world premiere of Cheryl L. West's Pullman Porter Blues (Arena Stage, Seattle Rep); August Wilson’s Fences, directed by Kenny Leon (The Huntington); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; The Piano Lesson; A Raisin In The Sun; and the Old Globe’s premiere production of Since Africa. He can currently be seen as Tone on the new Netflix series, Marvel's Luke Cage. Film/TV: Milton on the 5th and final season of the HBO show, Boardwalk Empire; Melvin Lucas in American Gangster, directed by Ridley Scott; Law & Order; CSI: NY; and Chicago PD.
Anne L. Nathan *
(Mrs. Fezziwig / Lady Char / Laundress)
Broadway: It Shoulda Been You, Once, Sunday in the Park With George, Chicago, Assassins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Ragtime. Off-Broadway: The Taming of the Shrew, (The Public) Once (NYTW), Wings (Second Stage), Music In The Air (Encores!), Road Show (The Public). National tours: Chicago (Carbonell Award) Les Misérables, Aspects of Love. Regional: The Muny, NY Stage and Film, Kansas City Rep, The Huntington, George Street Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Barrington Stage, Vineyard Arts, and The Citadel. Film/TV: You Must Be Joking, Sugar, Baby Mama, King of California, The Good Wife, Dirt, Law &Order (SVU, Criminal Intent, Trial By Jury), Veronica Mars, What I Like About You, Bull. Web series: Submissions Only. www.AnneLNathan.com
Lance Roberts *
(Solicitor David / Mr. Fezziwig)
Lance Roberts has been in the original Broadway casts of Pee-Wee Herman, Sister Act, Ghost, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Act One, and just finished Finding Neverland. Off-Broadway: Robber Bridegroom (2016 cast album), Shows for Days, March of the Falsettos, Saturday Night, Liquid Plain, Forbidden Broadway: Hollywood, and the debut of his Halloween show Ka’Davaret at 54 Below. Seven and a half years as Jafar in Disney’s Aladdin: a Musical Spectacular at Disney California Adventure. Toured in Cats; All Night Strut; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Dreamgirls; Ain’t Misbehavin; etc. He played at McCarter in Sweet & Hot. Also Asolo, La Jolla, Berkshire Theater Festival, Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, and many others. Twenty-eight film and TV credits on imdb.com. Follow LanceOnTheLoose on Twitter and Instagram.
Jamila Sabares-Klemm *
(Lily / Belle)
Jamila is thrilled to be making her McCarter Theatre debut in this beautiful show! Tour/regional credits: Hair (first national); Rent (Bristol Riverside Theatre); My Fair Lady, Miss Saigon (Flat Rock Playhouse); Smokey Joe’s Café (Pennsylvania Center Stage); The Artist and the Scientist (NY CAP21 Theatre); The King and I (Chicago Lyric Opera); Spamalot (Farmers Alley Theatre); and In the Heights (TUTS). Musical Theatre BFA from Penn State University. www.jamilasabaresklemm.com
A.J. Shively *
(Solicitor Matthew / Young Scrooge)
Broadway: Bright Star (Drama Desk Award nom.), La Cage Aux Folles. National tour: The Sound of Music. Off-Broadway: February House (The Public), Brigadoon (Irish Rep), Unlock’d (Prospect), A Contemporary American's Guide to a Successful Marriage (Cherry Lane), Things to Ruin (Second Stage), Little Airplanes of the Heart (Ensemble Studio Theatre), ReWrite (Urban Stages). Regional: Kennedy Center, Old Globe, CenterStage, TUTS, George Street Playhouse, Long Wharf, TheatreWorks (Silicon Valley), Sharon Playhouse, Gulfshore Playhouse, NYMF, Fringe NYC. Film/TV: The Daily Show, Syrup, HairBrained, Nobody Walks in LA, From Nowhere. BFA: University of Michigan.
Sue Jin Song *
Sue Jin Song was awarded “The Best of Fringe” for her one woman show, Children of Medea, at the D.C. Fringe Festival. Off-Broadway: The World of Extreme Happiness (NYC premiere, Manhattan Theatre Club), Iphigenia at Aulis, Exit the King (Pearl Theater). Regional: Hot 'n Throbbing (world premiere, Arena Stage), Marie Antoinette (Woolly Mammoth), Waiting for Tadashi (world premiere, George Street Playhouse), Shedding the Tiger (world premiere, Sacramento Theatre Company), Yellow Face (Theater J), Burn This (Syracuse Stage). Film/TV: Steel Town, Pipe Dream, Someone Like You, 24, ER, Law & Order. Education: MFA in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Sue Jin is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop.
JD Taylor *
(Fred / Undertaker)
Also at McCarter: The Understudy (2014). Recent theater credits: Anna Ziegler's The Last Match (City Theatre Company); peerless (Yale Repertory Theatre); Rich Girl (The Old Globe); Ed in the world premiere of Ed, Downloaded (Denver Center Theatre); Leslye Headland’s Bachelorette (Studio Theatre, Washington, D.C.); Red (Asolo Repertory Theatre and Maltz Jupiter Theatre); She Stoops To Conquer (Williamstown Theatre Festival); I Hate Hamlet (Dorset Theatre Festival); and many development workshops and readings with Lincoln Center Theater's Directors' Lab, O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Sundance Theatre Lab, Classic Stage Company, Ars Nova, SoHo Rep and more. Film/TV: Elementary, The Good Wife, The Mend (SXSW Film Festival Grand Jury Award nominee), Therefore I Am, and Welcome to New York. MFA from NYU's Graduate Acting Program.
Greg Wood *
A Christmas Carol is Mr. Wood's first appearance at McCarter. Recent credits: Stupid F#%king Bird at the Arden Theatre (directed by Aaron Posner) in Philadelphia, Cassius in Julius Caesar with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival,Higgins in Pygmalion with The Peterborough Players in New Hampshire, Elyot in Private Lives for the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, and Barrymore-nominated performances as Ray in White Guy on a Bus with Trenton's Passage Theatre and Sims in The Nether for InterAct Theatre Co. Film/TV: The Sixth Sense, Signs, The Happening, Killing Emmett Young, A Gentlemen's Game, How to Get Away With Murder, Law & Order, Ed, Hack, and Homicide. Mr. Wood is a member of the People's Light & Theatre Co.
Frank X *
(Old Marley / Old Joe)
Frank appeared last season as Jaques in the Lantern Theatre production of As You Like It. Favorite past roles: Malvolio in Twelfth Night (Seattle Rep); David Gavin in After Ashley (Humana Festival, ATL); Camilo in The Winter’s Tale (Folger Shakespeare Theatre); Hector in The History Boys (Arden Theatre); Misha in Black Russian (Blue Heron Theatre, AUDELCO Award nom.); Molina in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Sterling North in Permanent Collection (InterAct Theatre); Sam in Master Harold...and the Boys, the title role in King Lear (Lantern Theatre). He received the Barrymore Award for his performance in Lonely Planet at InterAct Theatre. Mr. X is delighted to be making his McCarter debut in this production.
Broadway/West End: The Scottsboro Boys (London’s Critics’ Circle Award, Evening Standard Award, 12 Tony nominations, including Best Book, Hull-Warriner Award, Outer Critics Circle, and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Musical). Script adaptation for Chicago, the longest running American musical in history; Steel Pier (Tony nom., Best Book); Thou Shalt Not. Upcoming: Prince of Broadway directed by Hal Prince and Susan Stroman. Off-Broadway: And the World Goes ‘Round (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards); Flora, the Red Menace (Drama Desk nom.). Concert: James Taylor’s Perspective Series at Carnegie Hall. TV: Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall (Emmy nom.), Razzle Dazzle and Great Performances’ My Favorite Broadway. Thompson is a McCarter/Sallie B. Goodman fellow and graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Adam is the Artistic Director of Theater J, the nation's premier Jewish theater (located in D.C.). Previously, Adam served as Associate Artistic Director at McCarter (credits include The Understudy and The Mousetrap) and Resident Director at Passage Theater. NYC directing credits: The Public, Theater Row (both for Summer Play Festival), Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Wild Project, and NYU's Studio Tisch. Internationally, he directed the African premiere of The Convert (nominated for Zimbabwe’s National Arts Medal). He has directed and developed work for Walnut Street, Luna Stage, Hangar Theatre, Bristol Riverside, Premiere Stages, PlayPenn, and others. Winner of 2010 NJ Theatre Alliance "Applause Award" and 2014 Emerging Nonprofit Leader Award presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Center for Excellence. Drama League Directing Fellow (2008).
Michael Friedman is a composer/lyricist whose credits include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Broadway and the Public Theater), Unknown Soldier, Pretty Filthy, The Fortress of Solitude, and Love’s Labour’s Lost. With The Civilians: Canard Canard Goose, Gone Missing, Nobody's Lunch, This Beautiful City, In the Footprint, The Great Immensity, Paris Commune, Mr. Burns..., and Pretty Filthy. He is Artist in Residence and Director of the Public Forum at the Public Theater, Artistic Director of City Center Encores! Off-Center. OBIE Award.
Credits: Broadway’s Waitress, Les Liaisons Dangereuses with Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber, Waiting for Godot with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,and American Idiot (Associate); The Public’s Twelfth Night and Odyssey at the Delacorte; Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street at BAM; God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater and Fanny at Encores!; Queen of the Night (Drama Desk Award); Beaches, the Musical (Drury Lane); Kiss Me, Kate (Barrington); Jasper in Deadland at 5th Avenue and Prospect Theatre Co.; the Met’s Rigoletto. Performer: 12 Broadway shows, Tharp, Momix. Bucks County Playhouse Artistic Associate. BFA, Juilliard. Upcoming: Monsoon Wedding (Berkeley Rep), La Traviata (Met Opera), A Taste of Things to Come (York Theatre), As You Like with music by Tom Kitt. LorinLatarro.com
McCarter: All the Days, Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville, Antony & Cleopatra, The White Snake, A Delicate Balance, The Convert, The How & The Why, Having Our Say, Lookingglass Alice, Argonautica, The Secret in the Wings, Odyssey. NYC: RUSALKA (Metropolitan Opera: opens Feb 2017), Clybourne Park (Broadway/Tony nom.), La Sonnambula and Lucia Di Lammermoor (Metropolitan Opera), Glorious Ones (Lincoln Center), Durango (Public), Metamorphoses (Broadway/Tony Nomination, Second Stage), Playwright’s Horizon, New Victory, NY Shakespeare Festival, BAM. Regional: Goodman, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, Huntington, Shakespeare Theatre D.C., ACT, Berkeley Repertory, Mark Taper, La Jolla Playhouse, OSF, Seattle Rep, The Alley, Arena Stage, Guthrie, The Old Globe, among others. International: La Scala (Milan), Donmar Warehouse and Barbican (London), Melbourne Theatre, Bunka Kai Kan and Orchard Hall (Tokyo), Calgary Theatre. Directing (and set design): Jacques Brel… and Blood Wedding. Other: Ensemble Member at Lookingglass Theatre. Teaches: Northwestern University.
Broadway: A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony Award), Velocity of Autumn, and the upcoming new musical Anastasia. Off-Broadway: The Public, Atlantic Theater, Theater for a New Audience, Second Stage, Manhattan Theatre Club. Regional: Berkeley Rep, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, Arena Stage, The Old Globe, Guthrie, Goodspeed, Goodman, among others. Opera: Los Angeles Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis. International: Stratford Shakespeare Festival; The Royal Shakespeare Company; Canadian Stage Company; Hong Kong Performing Arts Center; National Theater, Taipei. Education: MFA from the Yale School of Drama; Undergraduate degree from McGill University; and a Certificate, Fine Arts and Fashion from the Paris American Academy. Linda is the proud recipient of the Irene Sharaff Young Master Award.
Lap Chi Chu
New York: Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Signature Theatre, Second Stage, Dance Theater Workshop. Regional: Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Goodman, American Repertory Theater, Arena Stage, Dallas Theater Center, The Shakespeare Theatre (Washington D.C.). Awards: Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Angstrom Award for Career Achievement in Lighting Design, Ovation Award, and multiple Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, “Drammy” for best lighting. Teaching: lighting design faculty at California Institute of the Arts.
Darron L West
McCarter: Crowns; Hamlet; The Bells; Miss Witherspoon; Stick Fly; Me, Myself & I; Fetch Clay, Make Man; The Convert; Baby Doll; Hoodwinked; and Bathing in Moonlight. He is a Tony and Obie Award-winning sound designer whose work for dance and theater has been heard in over 500 productions nationally and internationally. His other accolades include the 2010 Bay Area Critics Circle Award, 2006 Lortel and AUDELCO Awards, 2004 and 2005 Henry Hewes Design Awards, the Entertainment Design Magazine EDDY Award, and he is a proud recipient of the 2012 Princess Grace Foundation Statue Award.
(Special Effects Design)
Broadway: American Psycho, Aladdin The Musical, You Can’t Take It With You, Romeo and Juliet, Rocky the Musical. London’s West End: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, Let The Right One In. Regional and off-Broadway: Freaky Friday (Signature Theater, Virginia), Guards at the Taj (Atlantic Theater) The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Paper Mill Playhouse), Joya (Cirque du Soleil), Mr. Burns (Playwrights Horizons), Parsifal (The Metropolitan Opera). TV and other: The Wiz Live, Peter Pan Live, America’s Got Talent. Chernick’s work was featured as part of an exhibition at the Museum of Art & Design in New York.
Charles is a native of Duluth, Minnesota and the choral director at Mountain Lakes High School in Mountain Lakes, NJ. He received his Masters and Doctorate in Organ Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. He won the Prix d’Excellence from the Conservatoire de Région de Ruiel-Malmaison in France. While in Paris, he was Associate Choirmaster at the American Episcopal Cathedral, accompanist for a Paris ballet school, and coach/accompanist for members of the Paris Opera Chorus. His choirs have sung for ACDA Conventions, the White House, and toured to England, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Sweden, Russia, Spain, and Hungary. He was Associate Musical Director and pianist for McCarter’s production of My Fair Lady and this year marks his 24th season as Music Director for McCarter’s A Christmas Carol.
Gillian returns to McCarter where she has previously coached several productions of A Christmas Carol, as well as The Mousetrap, A Winter’s Tale, Loot, and Ridiculous Fraud. Broadway: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, War Horse, Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Recent regional: Amazing Grace, The Most Happy Fella. She has coached at Arena Stage, Centerstage, Classic Stage, Clurman Theatre, Goodman, Guthrie, Huntington, Long Wharf, Milwaukee Rep, NJ Shakespeare, The Old Globe, Playmakers Rep, Seattle Rep, Shakespeare Theatre D.C., Steppenwolf, Yale Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Banff Center for Fine Arts, and was also English Diction coach for Lyric Opera of Chicago. She teaches at The Juilliard School. Her popular series of self-teaching dialect programs for actors are used worldwide.
(James Calleri, Paul Davis, Erica Jensen)
Broadway: Fool for Love, Hughie, The Elephant Man (also West End), Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Visit, Of Mice and Men, Venus in Fur, Living on Love, 33 Variations, A Raisin in the Sun, Chicago, James Joyce’s The Dead. Off-Broadway: Buyer & Cellar, Murder for Two, All in the Timing, Passion, My Name is Asher Lev, Fuerza Bruta, Silence! The Musical. Casting for Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Flea, CSC, Rattlestick, Keen, Playwrights Realm, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Flea, Long Wharf, Berkeley Rep, City Theater, OSF, Playwrights Horizons (10 seasons). TV: The Path (Hulu), Army Wives, Lipstick Jungle, Monk, Hope & Faith, Ed. Lots of film including Mike Cahill’s Sundance winners Another Earth and I Origins. Awarded 13 Artios Awards for Outstanding Casting Achievement. Member CSA. www.callericasting.com
Cheryl Mintz *
(Supervising Stage Manager)
Cheryl is in her 26th season, 22nd as Resident Production Stage Manager and has production stage managed over 70 productions for McCarter Theatre and 31 productions with Artistic Director Emily Mann. Cheryl has enjoyed 13 collaborations with Maestro Gian Carlo Menotti and the Spoleto Festival USA and Italy and spent five seasons with New York City Opera where she has stage managed 40 operas and musicals, three tours, and three PBS telecasts. Cheryl has six Broadway shows to her credit, spent 15 years as an Executive Board Member of the Stage Managers' Association, is a contributor to the recently published 4th edition of Sound and Music for the Theatre; The Art & Technique of Design, named a SUNY Notable Alumni in the Arts and received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
Alison Cote *
In her 21st season at McCarter Theatre. Highlights include Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville; The Understudy, directed by Adam Immerwahr; The White Snake, directed by Mary Zimmerman; Danai Gurira’s The Convert, directed by Emily Mann; A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Tina Landau; Christopher Durang’s Miss Witherspoon; Sorrows and Rejoicings, directed by Athol Fugard; and Stephen Wadsworth's adaptations of The Figaro Plays. Other credits include Edward Albee's Me, Myself & I at Playwrights Horizons; Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brother/Sister Plays at The Public Theater, Second Stage, Old Globe, Goodman Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, Paper Mill, Kennedy Center, Long Wharf, Center Theatre Group, Berkeley Rep, Bard Summerscape, Pittsburgh Public, Williamstown, and 17 productions with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.
(Director of Production)
David has worked at McCarter since 1982. As head of the Production Department he directs the Scenic, Prop, Costume, and Stage Operations personnel in their creation of physical elements and provision of backstage support for the Theater Series and McCarter’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. In addition, the 30 person production staff sees to the needs of all guest artists and companies presented at the theater each season. During David’s tenure, the department has more than 150 theater productions and thousands of presented performances to its credit. Prior to beginning his McCarter career as Technical Director, David held posts at Center Stage in Baltimore and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. He received his BA from Washington University and MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
Debbie joined McCarter in March 2016. Her experience spans Broadway, off-Broadway, West End, regional, and non-profit theater. Broadway: Mothers & Sons, Grace, Annie, War Horse, Hair, Merchant of Venice, Speed the Plow. Off-Broadway and London highlights: Ingmar Bergman’s Through a Glass Darkly starring Carey Mulligan, Passion Play, Merrily We Roll Along. Chicago: Founder of Roadworks Productions, with residencies at Steppenwolf & Victory Gardens. Highlights: John Barth’s The End of the Road, Lanford Wilson’s Serenading Louie, Kenneth Lonergan's This is Our Youth, Chuck Mee’s Orestes, and Eric Bogosian's subUrbia. Ms. Bisno leads workshops at Yale, is an Advisory Member of Playwrights Realm NY, Board Member of Yale Summer Cabaret, and FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics). She lives with her husband David Goldman and Portuguese Water Dog, Stella.
(Artistic Director/Resident Playwright)
Emily has overseen 150+ productions as McCarter Theatre’s multi-award-winning Artistic Director and Resident Playwright. Ms. Mann’s recent McCarter productions: the world premieres of Bathing in Moonlight, All the Days, Baby Doll, Five Mile Lake, Antony & Cleopatra, Proof, A Delicate Balance. Other recently directed world premieres: Danai Gurira’s The Convert; Sarah Treem’s The How and the Why; Christopher Durang’s Miss Witherspoon; Edward Albee’s Me, Myself & I. Broadway productions: A Streetcar Named Desire, Anna in the Tropics, Execution of Justice, Having Our Say. Her plays: Hoodwinked; Gloria (Steinem) Live At Lincoln Center; Having Our Say, adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth; Execution of Justice; Still Life; Annulla, An Autobiography; Greensboro (A Requiem); Meshugah; Mrs. Packard. Adaptations: Baby Doll, Scenes from a Marriage, Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, A Seagull in the Hamptons, The House of Bernarda Alba, Antigone. Recent awards: a Princeton University Honorary Doctorate of Arts, a Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwrights' Award, and the Margo Jones Award given to a "citizen-of-the-theatre who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the encouragement of the living theatre everywhere.”
Timothy J. Shields
Timothy has served as McCarter’s Managing Director since 2009. From 1983 to 1992 he was McCarter’s Business Manager and General Manager. His professional experience includes serving as Managing Director of Milwaukee Repertory Theater for 10 years; as Managing Director at Geva Theatre Center (Rochester, NY) for six; he’s held administrative positions at The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis and Denver Center Theatre Company. He’s the current President of the League of Resident Theatres [LORT] and Chair of the ArtPride NJ board. He’s served on the boards of Theatre Communications Group; Milwaukee’s Latino Arts Board; the Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee, and Theatre Wisconsin and has been a panelist, panel chair, and on-site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts. He holds a BFA in Drama Production from Carnegie-Mellon University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA (which partially explains his near-addiction to the Pirates and Steelers).
Charles Dickens 1812-1870
Born in Portsea, England, Charles Dickens was the second of eight children. In 1824, his father was thrown into debtor’s prison, and young Charles was sent to work in a boot-blacking factory. After his schooling, Charles worked as a solicitor’s clerk but soon turned his efforts towards journalism. He then began experimenting with creative writing, and by the time he turned 25, with the publication of The Pickwick Papers, he became the first great novelist of the industrial city. His most popular works include Nicholas Nickleby, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations. Incensed by a trip to observe the working conditions of children in a tin mine in Cornwall, he planned to write a political pamphlet condemning child labor but soon reconsidered. “Rest assured, when you see what I do, and where, and how, you will certainly feel that a sledgehammer has come down with twenty times the force—twenty thousand times the force—I could exert by following out my first idea.” The result of this change of heart was A Christmas Carol, published in 1843.
Top Row: Gabriella Shapcott, Russell Clark, Candace Beverly, Graham Beers, Sofia DaCruz, Zach McDevitt.
Bottom Row: Miriam Foster-Swartley, Ethan Chang, Tashi Lakkaraju, Liam McKernan, Ivy Cordle, Xander Kurian.
Photo by Matt Pilsner
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
McCarter Theatre Center operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres
and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.