"Scrooge & Marley" Comes to Palm Springs' Camelot

One-night only screening brings gay version of famous "A Christmas Carol"



Gay actor David Pevsner plays the lead role as Scrooge.

Scrooge & Marley Movie.com

The Palm Springs Cultural Center will showcase a one night only premiere of the holiday movie, "Scrooge & Marley", on Dec. 13 at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs.

The modern-day variation on Charles Dickens' classic holiday story, "A Christmas Carol," will screen at 7 p.m. at the Camelot, 2300 E. Baristo Road, in Palm Springs. Following the movie, producer David Strzepek, and cast members David Pevsner, Ronnie Kroll and David Moretti will conduct a question-answer session with the audience. A VIP Meet the Cast party is slated afterward.

"Scrooge & Marley" focuses on Ben Scrooge, a rich miser who hates the holidays, distrusts love and makes life miserable for everyone in the gay community over which he presides from his base, a music cabaret named Screws. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge, played by Pevsner, is visited by the ghost of his late business partner, Jacob Marley (played by former Saturday Night Live star Tim Kazurinsky), who wants to free him from his same bitter fate that awaits in purgatory. Scrooge is next visited by three ghosts - past, present and future - who endeavor to lead him back to love.

Palm Springs is one of a dozen hand-picked cities chosen to screen the film. "Scrooge & Marley" was shot in Chicago in May, and a DVD and soundtrack is slated for December release.

The screening, in cooperation with Sam I Am Films, will benefit Cinema Diverse: the Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, according to Michael C. Green, managing director of The Palm Springs Cultural Center.

"We're very excited to be able to share "Scrooge & Marley" with Palm Springs audiences this holiday season," Green said.

Tickets are $10 per person, and can be ordered online (www.camelottickets.com) or by phone (888-718-4235), or purchased in person at the theatre office, which is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, call 760-325-6565

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