A Klingon Christmas Carol has something of a cult following; among the audience members on opening night were a dedicated few dressed to the teeth in full Klingon costume, including ridged forehead prosthetics. Commedia Beauregard’s stated mission is “to translate the universal human experience to the stage: to expand our horizons and share knowledge of all cultures, translating between languages and between arts to create theater that is beautiful in expression.” In pursuit of that mission, they once again bring the self-described “only full-length play ever produced completely in the Klingon language (tlhIngan Hol) from the Star Trek movies and TV shows,” to the stage.
KCC is an adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol translated into a language that only a handful of diehard Trekkies speak, performed in all seriousness by trained actors who have committed the Klingon transcript to memory, with English supertitles for those who don’t speak tlhIngan Hol. It holds up surprisingly well; the storyline is easy to follow, and the actors imbue their characters with a Dickensian energy infused with a healthy dose of bloodlust.
As the narrator of the classic tale, Sara Wolfson leads the audience through the familiar story of Scrooge (or SQuja’ in Klingon, played by Kevin Alves), on what is known as the “Feast of the Long Night Song” (Klingons have no god or Christ), his assistant Bob Crachit (QachIt, played by Kai Young), and the spirits who visit him over the course of one night: Chris Lysy as Jacob Marley (marlI); Zack Livingston as the Ghost of Christmas Past (Kahless Past); Philip Zimmermann as the Ghost of Christmas Present (Kahless Present); and Manuel Twillie, Jr. as the Ghost of Christmas Yet-To-Come (Kahless Yet-To-Come).
Klingon Christmas Carol continues through December 31st at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln (map), with performances Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm. Tickets are $32, and are available online here (check for half-price tickets at Goldstar.com). More information at cbtheatre.org. (Running time: play length, which includes one intermission)