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To Begin With is a look into the mind of a great writer, inspired by a little-known work of Charles Dickens, written for his children. Quite unlike his usual fiction, it was an adaptation of the Biblical Gospels. He didn’t intend for it to be published, and it wasn’t—until 64 years after his death. To Begin With is an intriguing exploration of why he wrote it, and the struggles he may have encountered in his creative process. This witty, insightful and thoroughly enjoyable new play, written and directed by Jeffrey Hatcher, stars Gerald Charles Dickens, the great-great grandson of Charles Dickens, in the role of Charles. Gerald’s extensive knowledge and research into his ancestor’s life and times, writings, and family dynamics, brings vivid life to his performances as Charles Dickens in To Begin With.
Presented by Hennepin Theatre Trust
Produced by The Daniel Group