Show Creator Laurie Strickland's aritcle about creating Everyone's Carol at the Morgan Library and Museum

Show Creator Laurie Strickland's aritcle about creating Everyone's Carol at the Morgan Library and Museum

The Morgan Library and Museum asks our show creator, Laurie Strickland to talk about her artistic process in bringing Everyone's Carol to life.

St Mark's Church-In-The-Bowery, December 30th


Join us to turn in the New Year as we once again perform a reading at St Mark's Church in-the-Bowery. 

Over the past six years, thousands of people all over the globe have seen and been part of this semi-staged production that focuses on Dickens' original text and the eternal message of hope, of a light in the dark, that anything is possible. 

That everyone has value.


Saturday, December 30, 6 pm. Tickets: $25 and can be booked here.

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Auditions, Christmas 2017, New York


This year we'll be holding auditions for our performance of "A Christmas Carol" at The Morgan Library & Museum. We are so incredibly excited about this amazing opportunity and we can't wait for you to join us! Please do feel free to share this with anyone who may be interested.

When, where, what:



Following on from our post yesterday (see below), we are excited to announce that the open call on November 3rd will be held at Duzer's Local Cafe + Marke, 387 van Duzer Street, 10304 Staten Island, New York between 2pm - 6pm.

A huge thank you to Duzer's Local for offering to host us!



By appointment: Oct 30th, The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park S, 10003. 11am to 3:30pm by appointment. Email your head shot and resume to

Open calls: Nov 1, 2, 3, 4 Staten Island, New York, location/times TBD this week. Check our website and social media for details. Email headshots and resumes to

Please prepare: A brief story, spoken word poem, monologue or song, 1 to 3 mins max, from any culture that expresses who you are.

You may also read a short passage from "A Christmas Carol" that expresses your passion for Dickens and what it means to tell this story in 2017 for the times we live in. Think Dickens meets urban NYC in 2017 on the subways here.

ALL cultures welcome and encouraged! All ages welcome also, we are especially looking for two children, 7 to 12, who are bilingual.

We have a Dickens education program, sponsored by Macys, and are accepting resumes for teachers who are passionate about inter disciplinary work and reaching children in shelters with the arts.

We also welcome volunteers/interns if you would like to get involved, resumes to same link.

You will find a link to a free copy of the Carol on our website:

Union and Non welcome. Reader stipend. Will be under an AEA benefit staged reading code.

About us how and what we do, why we do it:

Everyone’s Carol

A new adaptation of Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol" at the Morgan Library & Museum, Friday, December 15, 2017. Tickets and info here:

Austin Pendleton as Scrooge, Arthur French as Marley. Jim Graseck opens our night with his violin.

We are looking for actors, rappers, storytellers, musicians with heart, grit and soul to help us bring an urban, international, NYC style Carol to the Morgan. This year, we are looking to work with as many artists from diverse cultures, artists who have immigrated to New York, who may also be fluent in another language.

There will be a handful of rehearsals prior, but not a full schedule as you might expect.

Ours is a different approach to the text, and it just so happens that the original manuscript will be just down the hall as we perform it. The actors live in and carry the text with them as we tell the story, an ensemble of 13. It’s a reading, but it’s staged, very specifically in places. You could say it's more like a ‘telling’ than a reading.

Every word is Dickens.

This is our 7th Christmas together and we want to work with people from all walks of life and from any and everywhere. The Carol is such a timeless tale, and it touches everyone. Every. One.

This is the gut actor version of Carol... stripped out and bare and text driven. If this were music, ours is a capella.

Our Carol is about heart and soul.... passion.

It is more important that you are an actor with a great heart.... a little messy is wonderful and all cultures, shapes and sizes welcome. But good storytellers are a must. All kinds are invited; traditional, narrative, even rappers (especially rappers).

This is, after all, Everyone's Carol...

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The Morgan Library & Museum, December 15th

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We have been invited to perform at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York, where the original handwritten manuscript of 'A Christmas Carol' is lovingly preserved and kept. For those who have been a part of Everyone's Carol in any way, be it cast or crew, volunteer, or audience member, you’ll know that the book is at the heart of everything we do, with every word coming from the original text.

The Morgan also played a pivotal role in making Everyone’s Carol a reality. Within its beautiful walls, our show creator Laurie Strickland wandered and sat, captivated by the pages of the Carol as somewhere within the idea of our production slowly started to take root. Six years later and we could not be more honoured and humbled to be asked to perform where it all began!

The performance will be held on Friday 15th December 2017 at 6:30pm. Tickets are $25; $20 for members, $10 for children 12 and under. To purchase tickets, please visit the Morgan website here:

If you would like to support our work this Christmas please do so by visiting our Fractured Atlas page:

We are a 501(c)(3) public charity and all contributions are tax-deductible. Any amount, however big or small, is a gift and will go a long way to supporting the work we do.

We have a lot more exciting news to share with you all about our production this year, including an announcement about upcoming auditions in NYC for members of our 2017 ensemble, which looks to be our most exciting ever, with people from every age group and across a multitude of cultures. Please be on the lookout for more info.

At the end of this week we will be sending out our Everyone’s Carol Newsletter with lots of details so if you’re not yet subscribed drop us a message and we’ll add you to the list! For more information please visit our website:

Stay tuned for lots more updates and do feel free to share this with anyone you know who would love to see the show!

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A Reading for Peace, December 31st

Join us as we once again celebrate the miracle of 'A Christmas Carol' with a 'Reading for Peace' on New Year's Eve, starring Austin Pendleton as Ebenezer Scrooge and Arthur French as Jacob Marley. After the recent world events, we have put this reading together on our home soil of New York, to create something positive in a challenging time. We would so love for you to join us! We will also be teaching the education unit at the International Refugee Center in New York.

Here is some more information about IRC :

Tickets are just $10, cash only at the door, and proceeds raised will benefit our artists as stipends, help with the reading production costs, and our Charles Dickens education work in shelters.

You can also contribute here and get a tax write off just in time for the end of year, and know your dollars will impact lives:

We are also selling T-Shirts to help cover our costs, a beautiful way to tell anyone and everyone about the message of hope that still rings true after 173 years. Hurry though, as they're only available for another 18 days! Get yours here: