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Miss Witherspoon and Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge - Full Length Play, Comedy

Miss Witherspoon and Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge

Christopher Durang

Full Length Play, Comedy

ISBN: 9780802142832

Trade edition containing two works by Tony-winning author Christopher Durang: Miss Witherspoon and Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge

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MISS WITHERSPOON: Veronica, a recent suicide, discovers that the one thing worse than the world she left behind is having to go back for seconds. With the help of a black female Jesus and a wizard suspiciously named Gandalf, she must journey from here to eternity and back again to cleanse her "brown tweedy aura" and learn the necessity of reengaging with life. Finalist! 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. 1m, 4f

MRS. BOB CRATCHIT'S WILD CHRISTMAS BINGE: In this departure from Dickens, young Scrooge's exclamations of "Bah, humbug!" are an undiagnosed "kind of seasonal Tourette's Syndrome," and The Ghost of Christmas Past is played by a sassy African-American woman with enough attitude to portray all three spirits (which she does). She tries to show Scrooge his past, present and future in order to change him, but her magic keeps malfunctioning in Durang's version of the beloved holiday classic, and they consistently find themselves transported to the wrong time and place. She tries to take Scrooge back to see his old employers, the Fezziwigs—"always an audience favorite"—but instead she and Scrooge keep appearing in the present at the Cratchit's pathetic home. Mrs. Bob Cratchit, a minor character in the Dickens, takes center stage here. No longer loving and long suffering, Mrs. Bob is in a rage: She's sick of Tiny Tim (the goody-goody crippled child), she hates her twenty other children (most of them confined to the root cellar), including oversized Little Nell, and she wants to get drunk and jump off London Bridge. As the Ghost loses more control, the plot morphs into parodies of Oliver Twist, "The Gift of the Magi" and It's a Wonderful Life. And to make matters worse, Scrooge and Mrs. Bob seem to be kindred souls falling in love. With a dénouement that is two parts Touched by an Angel and one part The Queen of Mean, Scrooge's tale of redemption and gentle grace is placed squarely on its head. 6m, 4f, 1 boy



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Christopher Durang

Christopher Durang

Christopher Durang's plays include The Idiots Karamazov (coauthored with Albert Innaurato), A History of the American Film (Tony nom.), Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You (Obie Award), Beyond Therapy (off and on Broadway), Baby with the Bathwater, The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Obie's for playwriting, Jerry Zaks' directing, ensemble acting; Dramatists Guild Hull Warriner Award), Laughing ... view full profile

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