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Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show

November 23 - December 29

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Photo Credits

Orville Mendoza, Robert Joy, Jacque Wilke, Cathryn Wake, and Dan Rosales, 2019. Photo by Jim Cox.

Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show


By Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen
Based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Directed by Gordon Greenberg

Critic’s Choice
“Robert Joy makes for one of the flat-out best Scrooges I’ve seen.  His fidelity to the spirit of the Charles Dickens original is all the more remarkable given the bonkers comic energy swirling around him.” The San Diego Union-Tribune

“Festive Fun! A clever show. Leaves you full of energy and good cheer!” BroadwayWorld

San Diego has a new show for its Christmas stocking with this fast, funny, and highly theatrical reimagining of one of the most beloved holiday stories ever told. All the traditional elements of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol are intact—including the iconic ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future—but with a comic local twist! Audiences of all ages will cheer Ebenezer Scrooge’s rediscovery of the Christmas spirit in this riotous Dickens mash-up filled with music and laughter—all set in “wintery” San Diego!


Running time: One hour and 20 minutes, with no intermission.

Production Sponsors

Artist Sponsor for Robert Joy (Ebenezer Scrooge)
Lynne and Steve Wheeler

Cast and Creatives



Gordon Greenberg (Co-Writer, Director) returns to The Old Globe, where he adapted and directed Working and directed The Heart of Rock & Roll. His other work includes directing the acclaimed West End revival of Guys and Dolls, starring Rebel Wilson, which received six Olivier Award nominations (Savoy Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre); the Broadway stage adaptation of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (also co-writer; Roundabout Theatre Company, Universal Stage Productions, PBS’s “Great Performances”); Piaf/Dietrich in Toronto (Mirvish Productions), Barnum in London (Menier Chocolate Factory); Terms of Endearment starring Alfred Molina and Calista Flockhart (Geffen Playhouse); The Secret of My Success (also co-writer; Universal Stage Productions, Paramount Theatre); Mystic Pizza (also co-writer; MGM); Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors (Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Maltz Jupiter Theatre); Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (The Zipper Factory; Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations); Working (59E59 Theaters, Broadway in Chicago; Drama Desk Award); Tangled (Disney Theatrical Productions); Pirates! (co-created with Nell Benjamin); Single Girls Guide (Ars Nova); and Meet Me in St. Louis (new book writer; The Muny 100th anniversary). Mr. Greenberg’s regional credits include Williamstown Theatre Festival, Paper Mill Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Asolo Repertory Theatre, New York Stage and Film, and Bucks County Playhouse. He has also written for Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. He trained at Stanford University, New York University, and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Steve Rosen (Co-Writer) is currently co-writing the book of the musical The Secret of My Success with Gordon Greenberg for NBC/Universal Stage Productions, and it will have its world premiere at The Paramount Theatre in Chicago in 2020. He has also collaborated with Mr. Greenberg on Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), as well as this show, which will also be produced this year at Bucks County Playhouse. Mr. Rosen has written extensively with David Rossmer, notably The Other Josh Cohen, which was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards (including Outstanding Musical, Book of a Musical, Music, and Lyrics) and a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical; as well as the Off Broadway sensation Don’t Quit Your Night Job. He and Mr. Rossmer are currently writing the book, music, and lyrics for Broadway Vacation, based on the classic National Lampoon characters. They also have several television projects in development. As an actor, Mr. Rosen currently plays recurring roles on “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” and “The Resident.” On Broadway he originated roles in Spamalot, The Farnsworth Invention, and the 2009 revival of Guys and Dolls. @stevierosen on Instagram and Twitter.

Adam Koch (Scenic Design) designed the immersive outdoor productions of Carousel, Miss Saigon, and Titanic at Serenbe Playhouse in Atlanta. He also designed Dreamgirls in Seoul. His U.S. credits include productions at Goodspeed Musicals, Ford’s Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Paper Mill Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Tuacahn Center for the Arts, Great Lakes Theater, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Ogunquit Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, and Portland Stage. Mr. Koch was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Kiss of the Spider Woman (Signature Theatre) and for Bat Boy (First Stage) in Washington DC. He studied at Carnegie Mellon University. For the past six years Mr. Koch and Steven Royal have worked jointly as Adam Koch Associates. adamkochassociates.com.

David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design) is an internationally renowned scenic and costume designer who has designed the Globe’s productions of As You Like It, The Tempest, The Wanderers, Red Velvet, The Blameless, tokyo fish story, Constellations, Twelfth Night, Arms and the Man, Water by the Spoonful, Time and the Conways, Double Indemnity, and Be a Good Little Widow. Mr. Reynoso is the Obie Award–winning costume designer of Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More (New York and Shanghai) and creator/director of Las Quinceañeras and Waking La Llorona (Optika Moderna). He is recognized for his widespread work with theatres such as La Jolla Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, American Repertory Theater, Arena Stage, Finnish National Ballet, Portland Center Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Gloucester Stage Company, and The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, among others. His scope of work extends beyond theatre to exhibit designs such as PostSecret and Living with Animals for San Diego Museum of Man. Mr. Reynoso is the recipient of the Creative Catalyst grant, an Elliot Norton Award, and multiple Craig Noel, Helen Hayes, IRNE, and BroadwayWorld Award nominations. davidreynoso.com, @designreynoso on Instagram.

Amanda Zieve (Lighting Design) is delighted to be back at The Old Globe, having previously designed Tiny Beautiful Things, Barefoot in the Park, Native Gardens, The Wanderers, and Rich Girl. She recently designed Put Your House in Order (La Jolla Playhouse), Rock of Ages (Cygnet Theatre Company), Sweeney Todd and Roof of the World (Kansas City Repertory Theatre), and Billy Elliot: The Musical and Titanic (Signature Theatre Company). Her associate credits include The Heart of Rock & Roll, Bright Star, and Allegiance (The Old Globe) and Escape to Margaritaville, Hollywood, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Chasing the Song (La Jolla Playhouse). She enjoys a career in both San Diego and New York City, where she had the privilege of working on her 17th Broadway production this spring. One of her most rewarding experiences has been assisting on Hamilton. She received her B.A. in Theatre from CSU Northridge. amandazieve.com.

Bart Fasbender (Sound Design) recently designed David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s Soft Power (The Public Theater), Steve Rosen and David Rossmer’s The Other Josh Cohen (Off Broadway), Accidentally Brave directed by Kristin Hanggi (DR2 Theatre), Million Dollar Quartet (Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theater, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Bucks County Playhouse), and David Cale’s Harry Clarke (Audible, Vineyard Theatre). His other New York credits include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway, as well as Playwrights Horizons, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Public Theater, Atlantic Theater Company, The Play Company, Cherry Lane Theatre, and Primary Stages. Mr. Fasbender’s regional credits include The Old Globe, Guthrie Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York Stage and Film, Geva Theatre Center, Great Lakes Theater, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Center Theatre Group, American Conservatory Theater, American Repertory Theater, and Two River Theater. He also did sound design for the film My Name Is David and the podcast “Steal the Stars.” He is a proud member of USA 829 and Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association.

David Huber (Dialect Coach) has worked as a dialect, voice, and text coach on over 40 Globe productions since 2014; highlights include Noura, Romeo and Juliet, The Underpants, As You Like It, What You Are, They Promised Her the Moon, The Tempest, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Wanderers, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hamlet, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Sense and Sensibility, Camp David, Rain, and Bright Star. He has also served as a dialect/voice coach at La Jolla Playhouse, Diversionary Theatre, and Scripps Ranch Theatre. His regional theatre acting credits include The Old Globe, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pittsburgh Playhouse, PCPA Theaterfest, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Center REPertory Company, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, and Opera Pacific, among many others. Mr. Huber coaches voice, speech, and acting privately and often at several local colleges and schools, and he also works with special-needs clients. He is a graduate of the Graduate Voice Teacher Diploma Program at York University in Toronto and an M.F.A. graduate of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program.

Tara Rubin Casting (Casting) has cast the Globe’s productions of The Tale of Despereaux, Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy, Life After, The Heart of Rock & Roll, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, Guys and Dolls, Othello, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Dog and Pony, A Room with a View, and others. Their select Broadway credits include Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations, King Kong, The Band’s Visit, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Prince of Broadway, Bandstand, Indecent, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon, Dear Evan Hansen, A Bronx Tale The Musical, Cats, Falsettos, Disaster!, School of Rock, Gigi, Bullets Over Broadway, Aladdin, Les Misérables, The Heiress, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Billy Elliot: The Musical, Shrek The Musical, Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, and The Phantom of the Opera. Their Off Broadway credits include Gloria: A Life; Smokey Joe’s Cafe; Clueless, The Musical; The Band’s Visit; Here Lies Love;and Love, Loss, and What I Wore. They have also cast regionally for McCarter Theatre Center, Yale Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and more.

Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager) has previously worked on The Old Globe’s world premiere musicals Almost Famous, Clint Black’s Looking for Christmas, The Heart of Rock & Roll, Benny & Joon, October Sky, Bright Star, Dog and Pony, Allegiance, A Room with a View, and Kingdom. Some of her additional credits include Life After; The Tempest; The Wanderers; Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Kiss Me, Kate; The Winter’s Tale; Be a Good Little Widow; and Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show. Ms. Nero worked on the Broadway production of Bright Star and launched the first national tour. Her select La Jolla Playhouse credits include Sideways directed by Des McAnuff, Ruined directed by Liesl Tommy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Christopher Ashley, Herringbone directed by Roger Rees and starring BD Wong, and Fly directed by Jeffrey Seller (upcoming). Ms. Nero has worked with several prominent regional theatres including The Kennedy Center, Center Theatre Group, Hartford Stage, SITI Company, Huntington Theatre Company, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, to name a few.


Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminars

This series provides Old Globe patrons with an opportunity to closely connect with productions both onstage and backstage. A panel selected from the artistic company of each show (playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and/or technicians) engages patrons in an informal and illuminating presentation of ideas and insights to enhance the theatre going experience. Each Insights Seminar takes place 90 minutes before curtain time on the Tuesday after performances begin, and includes an informal reception 30 minutes before the start. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.


Critic’s Choice
“Robert Joy makes for one of the flat-out best Scrooges I’ve seen.  His fidelity to the spirit of the Charles Dickens original is all the more remarkable given the bonkers comic energy swirling around him.” The San Diego Union-Tribune

“Festive Fun! A clever show. Leaves you full of energy and good cheer!” BroadwayWorld