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THE RESULT IS THAT OUR STORY BECOMES A SAN DIEGO STORY, SPARKING LAUGHTER AND— BY THE END— OFFERING A SPIRIT OF HOPE AND GENEROSITY TO THE VERY COMMUNITY GATHERED IN THE THEATRE.”


Suddenly Seeking Susan. He was in the filmFallen and is a main cast member of the showCSI: NY playing the role of Dr. Sid Hammerback. Joy is a busy actor who always finds time to work on stage. “I have not played Scrooge before,” Joy said. “But a few years ago, I played


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Malvolio in Rebecca Taichman’s production ofTwelfth Night here at The Old Globe. As I approached the role of Scrooge, I realized that there are hints of him in Malvolio, another repressed grump who transforms into euphoria. Malvolio, of course, transforms back. Scrooge does not, making his transformation an authentic redemption.” Joy knows a lot about the classic


version by Charles Dickens, he


laying the classic role of Scrooge is Robert Joy, who is probably one of the most recognizable actors of today. The thing is you probably can’t pin him down to one role because he has played so many. For those who are Madonna fans, Joy played her boyfriend in


“I’ve been drawn to the role of Scrooge since I was FAR too young to play it!”


Joy said. “I first saw the filmScrooge when I was about 7? Whenever it was, I was hooked! Let’s see … the filmScrooge was released in the year of my birth … well, see there, it was FATE!” Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein had apparently reached out to Gordon and Rosen recommending that Joy play the role of Scrooge. A meeting was set up between the three, Joy loved the script, and soon the job was his. “As forEbenezer Scrooge’s Big San Diego ChristmasShow,” Joy pondered. “On first reading, this script excited me as an opportunity to combine my appetites for both comedy and drama. My career started firmly in comedy:


said he is embracing the new rendition that the playwrights have come up with. “Well, our version of the story is wildly different from, say, the classic Scrooge (starring Alastair mentioned about the posit that a young emigrated to fortune and Steve Rosen field day with


and dramatically.


I spent seminal years as actor/writer/composer/musician in the Newfound- film Sim),” Joy 1951 movie. “We ambitious Ebenezer the New World to make his


settled in San Diego. Our writers and Gordon Greenberg have had a this new premise, both comedically The result is that our story becomes a


San Diego story, sparking laughter and — by the end — offering a spirit of hope and generosity to the very community gathered in the theatre.” As earlier mentioned, this is the first time that Joy is playing the role. An opportunity that actually fell in his lap.


robert joy appears as ebenezer scrooge. photo by jim cox December 2019 | RAGE monthly 43 land comedy group CODCO. Subsequently, I’ve played a lot of dramatic


roles as well. This show mines my entire background, all my resources. Besides, what actor wouldn’t be drawn to Scrooge?! There’s no role like it. I can’t think of another character in dramatic literature who goes through such enormous change! The range of emotional ‘colors’ is absolutely kaleidoscopic!” One thing for sure is that both Joy and Wilke are enjoying the process of


putting this show together and swear by the Gordon/Rosen script. Both actors are quite adept at comedy. Most San Diegans know that about Wilke based on the many shows she has done here. So there are many reasons to see this new take on an old favorite classic.


The West Coast premiere ofEbenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show runs through Sunday, December 29. theoldglobe.org or 619-234-5623


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