Norfolk, VA actor D.D. Delaney, creator of the one-man show, "The Concise Christmas Carol," notes that the story "argues for a unique brand of socialism in which individual conscience, rather than government, mandates a fair distribution of wealth throughout society, adequately meeting the needs of all."
He calls this a "paradigm shift" toward the kind of "voluntary socialism" espoused in the Sermon on the Mount.
And Delaney should know, he's been acting in "The Christmas Carol" since 1959, when he played the role of nephew Fred. He's also played the roles of Scrooge and Marley in a variety of venues. With the development of his Concise Christmas Carol in 2006, he now portrays 22 characters during his spellbinding one-hour adaptation of the famous tale.
As someone who has portrayed Scrooge, Delaney notes that Ebenezer was not simply a candy-coated curmudgeon, as he is often portrayed in more lighthearted versions of the story. Delaney characterizes the real Scrooge as a deeply troubled and vicious, Cheney-esque man who would happily squeeze the life-blood out of any poor soul within reach, if it might enrich him in the slightest.
Delaney (above) as Mrs. Dilber, the washerwoman selling the bed curtains she has rescued from Scrooge's deathbed.
Delaney (above) as Belle, Scrooge's former fiance who sadly relieved him of his commitment to marry her.