Scrooge’s Folly – Saving Jacob
April 25, 2023
Old Fezziwig Press
David Weinberg’s Romantic Comedy Scrooge’s Folly – Saving Jacob Marley explores the relationship between Charles Dickens and his two best friends, Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley. Charitable merchant bankers, they refused to finance A Christmas Carol…which caused them to be turned into elderly curmudgeons in Dickens story. Scrooge eventually becomes a beloved father Christmas…but Marley is forever wrapped in chains. So much the laughingstock in London, his marriage and his happiness are destroyed. Even in the afterlife he hungers for redemption.
Award-winning, but down on her lucky playwright, Andrea Smilow, is commissioned by The Playhouse in Connecticut to save it from bankruptcy with a new work. When she arrives, she discovers that The Playhouse is inhabited by Jacob Marley’s spirit, and he wants her play to be about him…to set the story straight about how Dickens ruined his life with A Christmas Carol. Andrea comes to believe he needs is to be reunited with the spirit of Ebenezer Scrooge, who lives in the caretaker house. It is all Scrooge’s idea. He has been working with Andrea’s roommate, the most powerful witch in North America, to win a second life for Marley from God…and to get Marley and Andrea to fall in love.
Weinberg’s Scrooge’s Folly – Saving Jacob Marley will make you laugh and cry…and might just send you to your local bookstore or library to read how Dickens fictionalized his two best friends.
David Weinberg is a screenwriter, songwriter, novelist and guitar player. Most recently he was a quarter- finalist in the 2022 Creative Screenwriting Pilot competition for his pilot entitled ‘Potus.’ He has a B.S. in Environmental Health from Quinnipiac University, and a Masters in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University. He is divorced and owns the two most spoiled cats in America.
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