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IPR Holiday Radio Drama

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Indiana Public Radio Theatre proudly presents an authentic radio drama on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 live on-air and before an audience in Sursa Performance Hall on the Ball State campus.

THIS AMERICAN CAROL is a contemporary mashup of A Christmas Carol and The Office, as told in the style of NPR’s This American Life.  The new production is written for IPR by award-winning playwright, screenwriter and professor of theatre at Ball State University, Jennifer Blackmer. 

The main character is Carol, a successful branch manager who has a misguided idea of what celebrating the holidays at work actually means.  Carol, who wants things done in a very specific way, won’t listen to anyone’s input and, after a fit of epic proportions (her staff literally fear for their jobs), she decides to cancel the party. The next day, three mysterious meetings pop up on Carol’s Outlook calendar (ghosts) who come along to teach Carol that respecting your coworkers and listening to them not only makes for a good team, but they can also become the family you need but never had.

Attendees should be seated by 7:30 p.m., and will be treated to a pre-show program including a Foley sound effects demonstration.


$15 adult, $10 youth/student

Tickets for in-person attendance are sold through the College of Fine Arts Box Office located at Sursa Hall. Purchase options:

  • Phone: (765) 285-8749
  • In-person: Monday through Friday from Noon to 5 p.m., or starting 1 hour before the performance at Sursa Hall




Videographer, Graphics – Chris Flook

Foley Sound Effects – Stan Sollars

Musical Director – Michael Elliott

Director – Matthew Reeder

Executive Producer – Jennifer Blackmer


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