Artists' Exchange takes over Cranston for the holidays


Artists’ Exchange and its Black Box Theatre Troupe will be all around town this holiday season, with performances at two Cranston venues, costumed carolers at both the Garden City and Pawtuxet Village strolls, festive trolleys up and down Park Avenue and an exciting holiday gala at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.

The 9th annual production of “A Christmas Carol” will open on Thursday, Dec. 6 and will run through Sunday, Dec. 16 in the Black Box Theatre at Artists’ Exchange. The show will then move to Park Theatre from Dec. 20 through Dec. 22.

Rich Morra, Director of the Black Box Theatre at Artists’ Exchange, promises some new surprises to the troupe’s award-winning version of “A Christmas Carol.”

A local favorite actor and native Cranston resident, Mark Carter, who has played “Marley” for the last eight years, will be shedding his chains for a new leading role of Scrooge.

The Holiday Gala, at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet on Dec. 22, will be the grandest gala Artists’ Exchange has put on to date. Festive holiday trolleys will be available for guests, for transport to the gala (from the Park Theatre) and back to the Park Theatre for the 8 p.m. show. Jazz piano player Marc Tabor will light up the lobby and the SOS Big Band of RI will liven up the ballroom with sounds of swing, bounce and jazz. Private tables, dancing, and a fashion show are a few more of the new features added to this year’s gala.

The gala ticket, which includes a ticket to the 8 p.m. performance at the Park Theatre, includes appetizers from local restaurants, private tables for a catered dinner of pear salad, pan seared peppered salmon with chimichurri sauce, raspberry chicken and sautéed squash with green apples and raisins, fancy desserts, an open wine and craft beer bar and a silent auction.

The crew from Rapscallion Brewery will once again come down from Massachusetts to pour their delicious craft beer for the gala guests. And the silent auction will offer over 100 auction items as well as many original art pieces.

Tickets for performances in the Black Box at Artists’ Exchange are $15. Tickets for performances at the Park Theatre are $18. All performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. with the exception of 2 p.m. matinees on Dec. 9 as well as Dec. 16 and a special closing performance on Dec. 22 at 8 p.m.

Tickets to the Holiday Gala are $75, $750 for a table of 10 or $1000 for a sponsorship table, which includes advertising in the playbill, sponsorship reel and Artists’ Exchange website. Only 40 tables will be sold for the gala. The gala will begin at 4 and continue with festivities until 7:30 p.m.

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