Quick Chat – On Being Scrooge with Anthony Rodriguez

Atlanta's Aurora Theatre presents  A Christmas Carol.

Anthony Rodriguez in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Photo by James Helms

Each holiday season Atlanta audiences enjoy seeing one of several productions of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. For several of the past seasons, Aurora Theatre has been producing a one-man version of the story. In this Quick Chat feature, Anthony Rodriguez discusses playing the iconic character.

How many times have you played the character of Scrooge?

This will be my sixth year performing our one-man version atAuroraTheatre. So, I’ve palyed Scrooge and the rest of Dickens’ characters more times than I can count.

What do enjoy most about playing the character?

The text offers me new lessons every year. Sometimes it causes me to reflect on my future, but often I find myself evaluating how I engage in those relationships closest to me.

What is something that you have learned from playing Scrooge?

How we treat our fellow man resonates far more than we can possibly comprehend.

What is the most challenging part of the production?

It’s really about 27 characters including Scrooge. The challenge for me each night is to make it personal for those attending. It helps that the story means so much to me, but I strive to connect with each and every person in attendance.

What is your favorite memory about playing the character?

When Scrooge begins to learn the lessons the Spirits offer and I hear audience members whisper in agreement or acknowledgement, that’s when I know I’ve connected.

Why do you think his story still connects with audiences today?

It’s universal. If we treat each other well with love and respect we will be rewarded. If we shut the world out and refuse to give of ourselves, we will be treated in kind.

Sometimes our modern world seems to be lacking in kindness towards our fellow man. I hope that those in attendance will live and spread the lessons that Scrooge learns.


A Christmas Carol plays at Aurora Theatre through December 23, 2012. For tickets and more information, please visit the theater’s website.