David Hyde Pierce will play Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.
David Hyde Pierce will play Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.
(© David Gordon)

The Acting Company will present a one-night-only reading of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, adapted by Crispin Whittell. The event will take place December 11 at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.

Directed by Joe Dowling, the reading will feature a trio of Frasier alumni, Tony winner David Hyde Pierce as Ebenezer Scrooge, as well as Harriet Harris and Edward Hibbert. They are joined by John Glover, Julie White, Matthew Amendt, Matt Bradford Sullivan, and Kaliswa Brewster, with others to be announced later.

For this benefit event, the Acting Company celebrates the holiday season with this timeless story of the curmudgeonly Scrooge and his discovery of kindness and compassion. With the help of four persuasive ghosts, Scrooge undergoes a miraculous Christmas Eve transformation as he views with new eyes his past, his present, and the possibilities of the future. The adaptation by Whittell was originally commissioned by Dowling for the Guthrie Theater; he directed it many times over during his long tenure at the helm of the revered Minneapolis company, and it continues to be performed there to this day.