Stepping Out

'The Millionth Production of A Christmas Carol' opens Friday at Pear

Pear Theatre celebrates the holidays with the comedy “The Millionth Production of ‘A Christmas Carol,’” scheduled to run Friday through Dec. 17 in Mountain View.

Written and directed by James Kopp, the new play is a “love letter to the theater and the people who inhabit it,” according to the troupe’s press release.

In the original comedy, a small black-box theater in Northern California is in fear of closing its doors after spending too much money on shows with poor ticket sales.

In an effort to appeal to a larger audience, the artistic director decides to stage Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” with a cast of attractive faces in the forefront and experienced actors in minor roles. This leads to actors clashing behind the scenes as the design and production team struggles to bring all the elements together in the dwindling days before opening night.

The show also offers serious consideration of the compromises between art that pays and art for art’s sake, spectacle versus substance and the delicate balance between the desires of the people who do theater and the desires of the people who pay to see it. The play explores such questions as: What sells more tickets – a good-looking actor who can’t act or a talented actor who is plainer? And can you justify absolute artistic integrity if it doesn’t bring in enough revenue to keep the theater doors open?

The play includes adult language and is not recommended for children.

Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Thursdays (after this week) through Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays – except Dec. 17, when there will be a 2 p.m. matinee instead.

The Pear Theatre is located at 110 La Avenida St.

Tickets are $15-$35; discounts are available for seniors and students.

For tickets and more information, call 254-1148 or visit

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