12/1/2016 - 12/17/2016
Running Dec. 1 to 17, 2016
Thursdays — Dec. 1, 8 and 15 — at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays — Dec. 3, 10 and 17 — at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays — Dec. 4 and 11 — at 1:30 p.m.
PLUS Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
"The Santaland Diaries"
A comedy by David Sedaris
Adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello
Directed by Melanie YC Pepe
Before he became a best-selling writer and humorist, David Sedaris worked at Macy's in New York City during Christmastime. Based on his experiences there, Sedaris wrote a semi-autobiographical monologue, originally for radio, that has since evolved into the one-man play The Santaland Diaries. In keeping with Sedaris’s sardonic and satirical style, The Santaland Diaries is a brilliant evocation of what a slacker's Christmas must feel like.
We meet a jaded, 30-something, out-of-work actor/slacker who decides to become a Macy's elf during the holiday crunch. At first the job is simply humiliating, but once the thousands of visitors start pouring through Santa's workshop, “Crumpet the Elf” becomes battle-weary and bitter. Finding consolation in the fact that some of the other elves were television extras on One Life to Live, he grins and bears it, occasionally taking out his frustrations on the children and parents alike
The Santaland Diaries is a funny, touching — and twisted! — one-man show that takes a weary-eyed look at "the most wonderful time of the year."
Audience advisory: For mature elves only! Due to adult language and themes, this play is not suitable for children.
Adapted from the essays he originally wrote and performed on National Public Radio's Morning Edition in 1992, David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries premiered at the Atlantic Theatre in New York City on Nov. 7, 1996, and played for 63 performances before closing on Dec. 29, 1996. The production was directed by Joe Mantello and starred Timothy Olyphant.
The Santaland Diaries is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service. The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.
PATRICK MICHAEL DUKEMAN
Crumpet the Elf
THE CREATIVE TEAM
MELANIE YC PEPE
JARED SPARKS and MELANIE YC PEPE
Assistant Technical Director