American Conservatory Theater of San Francisco's A CHRISTMAS CAROL: ON AIR Begins December 4

Kobi Kassal
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December 3, 2020 7:00 PM

For the first time in its 44-year history, American Conservatory Theater’s acclaimed production of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, will come to life as A Christmas Carol: On Air, an enthralling radio play that the whole family can enjoy from the comfort of their home. Adapted and directed by A.C.T. Associate Conservatory Director Peter J. Kuo—using the original Dickens text and adaptation by Paul Walsh and Carey Perloff—this spirited and uplifting tale of reckoning and redemption will feature the delightful music, deliciously spooky ghosts, and fantastic cast that have made it a cornerstone of the theater’s repertory for decades. 

A Christmas Carol: On Air will feature the return of Bay Area actor James Carpenter as the miserly Scrooge. Joining Carpenter will be Sharon Lockwood, Clint Bidwell, John Chukwudelunzu, Allen Darby, Ashley J. Hicks, Eliza Kaye, Jordan Maia, Zahan F. Mehta, Mākena Miller, Rachel Morrison, Johnny Rice, Chris Stevens, and Kaiy Watts.

For this holiday season, A.C.T. has partnered with Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream on a commemorative custom ice cream flavor. Inspired by A Christmas Carol, “Victoria Sponge” is a creamy crème fraiche ice cream loaded with pieces of house-made Victoria sponge cake and a raspberry jam swirl. The flavor will be available during the month of December at all four San Francisco Bay Area Humphry Slocombe locations as well as a special ice cream pack available for nationwide shipping. 

Rounding out the creative team is Jake Rodriguez (Sound Design), Karl Lundeberg (Composer), and Daniel Feyer (Music Director). 

A Christmas Carol: On Air will be available to stream online from December 4-31, 2020. Tickets are available now by calling the A.C.T. Box Office at 415-749-2228 or online at

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Kobi Kassal

Hailing from sunny South Florida, Kobi Kassal founded Theatrely (formerly Theatre Talk Boston) while attending Boston University. He is an avid theatre attender and can be found seeing a performance most nights of the week (in normal times!) He is interested in the cross section of theatre, popular culture, hospitality, and politics. He also loves a good bagel!