The Santaland Diaries
“I wear green velvet knickers, a forest green velvet smock and a perky little hat decorated with spangles. This is my work uniform.”
A David Sederis Christmas classic for adults only! The Santaland Diaries is a brilliant evocation of what a slacker’s Christmas must feel like. Out of work, our slacker, “Crumpet the Elf,” played by Ethan Hines (The Hobbit) takes the only job he could get, a Macy’s elf during the Christmas season. At first the job is simply humiliating, but once the thousands of visitors start pouring through Santa’s workshop, he becomes battle weary and bitter. An alternative holiday celebration, this outrageously funny, twisted and irreverent one-man play from popular humorist Sedaris is a take on how the holiday season brings out the best – and the worst – in us all. Sedaris first read excerpts from his essay Santaland Diaries on the NPR news program Morning Edition in 1992, and it became and instant hit with listeners. The essay helped launch Sedaris’ career as a playwright and humorist. His essay collections, Naked (1997), Holidays on Ice (1997), Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000), Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2004), and When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2008) have been bestsellers, and he is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and Esquire magazines.
Adding some extra holiday cheer to the performance is “Busty the Elf” (Audra Blake Turner), who will sing some holiday favorites accompanied on the piano by Chris Beal. Both Audra and Chris are regular performers in the MHT Mystery Theatre Troupe.
The show is directed by Renie Barger and Valerie Pollard.
Performances are December 1 at 7:00 pm and December 2 at 7:00 and 9:00 pm in the MHT Multi-Use Building (formerly The Finkel Building). A beer and wine cash bar will be available before the show. Tickets are $20 for adults. Student tickets for those age 16 and up are available at the door for $10.
Warning: While the show’s subject matter is humorous the show does contain some language. This show is not recommed for children and students under 16.