Bah, Humbug! It seems that everyone has heard the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Christmas Yet To Come. The version of Charles Dickens's tale that you will see is a new adaptation written in 2004 by Los Angeles playwright and artist Malcolm MacDonald. Instead of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, our Scrooge encounters the spirit of Coyote celebrated in hundreds of Native American stories and legends. Coyote is a shape-shifter and a humorous trickster intent on puncturing people's puffed-up egos. That certainly describes a modern-day Scrooge.
The lessons the story brings us are timeless. You may cherish a memory of a traditional production set in London in the 1840's, but the fact that you are here says that you are willing to experience a new way of approaching the Dickens classic. Our spirits Mariposa (the butterfly), Venado (the deer dancer), and La Llorona welcome you on their journey. We feel fortunate to have discovered a play that not only remains true to the spirit of the traditional Dickens story, but that also honors the heritage of the Southwest and the Native and Latino cultures that comprise such a prominent part of life here in southern Colorado. This is a Christmas Carol for everybody. The Otero Players and Carpa Otero offer Coyote's Christmas Carol as our Christmas gift to the community.
-- Steve Simpson, Director. Otero Junior College (CO)