Past, Present, Future
Posted by Stolzi on December 27, 1997 at 03:40:50:
In response to Dickens' Christmas and time, written by Stolzi on December 22, 1997 at 22:16:20
] we saw the Tennessee Repertory Theatre's presentation, and Christmas Past was played by four small girls at once
In case anyone is interested:
Christmas Present was rather effectively portrayed by a plump, African-American actress, who zoomed around the stage in a rubber-tired electric cart or invalid chair, effectively disguised as a huge, laden cornucopia.
Christmas Future was clad in black formal, undertaker-type clothes, a tall hat from which hung a veil over his face, and had immensely long legs (stilts) and long arm-extensions ending in skeleton hands.
] As a child I thought the small Christmas Past figure Dickens describes, with its luminous head and "extinguisher," extremely strange and perplexing.
It also surprised me, back then, that the very frightening figures of "Ignorance" and "Want" were associated with Christmas Present, rather than the equally frightening Christmas Future.
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