I missed this when it was on, but apparently a bunch of festive holiday nerds decided to perform A Christmas Carol in Klingon. The show ran from November 27th through December 13th at the Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis; as you can see from this exceedingly awkward spot on the local news, the troupe adapts the Dickens’ classic so that Scrooge is an old coward, devoid of honors, which the three ghosts of Kahless help him recover. I swear to god, if that means Scrooge eats Tiny Tim at the end, I will forever count this as the greatest theatrical production of anything ever.
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