Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol
by Tom Mula
directed by Dawn McAndrews

Originally produced by the Goodman Theatre,
Chicago, Illinois, on December 4, 1998;
Robert Falls, Artistic Director,
Roche Schulfer, Executive Director.

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“Marley was dead, to begin with…” —and what happens to Ebenezer Scrooge’s mean, sour, pruney old business partner after that? Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned to a hellish eternity. He’s even given his own private tormentor: a malicious little hell-sprite who thoroughly enjoys his work. Desperate, Marley accepts his one chance to free himself: To escape his own chains, he must first redeem Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge’s heart, indeed, is opened; but not before Marley discovers his own.

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Thursday, November 23, 7:30 p.m. ($10 Thanksgiving/Preview Night)
Friday, November 24, 7:30 p.m. (Opening Night)
Saturday, November 25, 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 25, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 26, 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 30, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 1, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 2, 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 2, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 3, 1:00 p.m.

JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL (MULA) is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, serving the Dramatists Play Service collection. (www.dramatists.com)

Production Team

Dawn McAndrews

Jim Alexander
Lighting & Set Designer

Michelle Handley
Costume Designer

Daniel B. Thompson
Stage Manager

Rew Tippin
Sound Designer


Paul Haley
Jacob Marley and Others

From the Director

Theater at Monmouth has a habit of turning holiday traditions on their heads, exploring traditional Yuletide gems for a modern audience. Though TAM has never produced Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, pieces of it have appeared in previous holiday shows. For 2023, TAM dumps old Scrooge from the center of the tale and focuses on his business partner. Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol by Tom Mula offers the backstory on the journey of Jacob Marley, the first spirit that visited Scrooge on that fateful night. Marley is condemned to an eternal Hell, but has one chance to be freed from his chains — he must redeem Scrooge. Given the hellish times we’ve just lived through (and some of us continue to live through), we thought a comic take on a holiday tradition was just the thing to shake up the holidays and bring the community together in a tale of redemption and the power of friendship.