Nov 20 – Dec 31, 2015
1083 Austin Avenue
The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris, Adapted by Joe Mantello
The outrageous holiday comedy, written by NPR comic genius David Sedaris, stars Crumpet, a rebel without a Clause who recounts the true-life tale of an out-of-work writer’s stint as a Macy’s Department Store elf.
About the Play:
Welcome to this wicked wonderland and exposé of all things elfin. Out of work and middle-aged, a writer in need of holiday cash decides to employ his gift for insightful observation in the trade of elfdom at Macy’s Department Store. Besieged by bratty kids with overzealous parents and donning a humiliating costume, he finds that his cynical self and his elfin alter ego, “Crumpet,” are not exactly compatible. His remedy for the saccharine overdose he endures in his never-endingly exuberant job is to tell all – giving us a backstage pass to the secret lives of Santas and elves. Though definitely not your traditional stocking stuffer, this caustic Christmas carol is a laughter-spiked antidote to the holiday blues.
Sardonic, satirical and sarcastic, the merry misanthrope, played for the 17th year by Harold M. Leaver, recounts the tale of his stint as a Macy’s Department Store elf named Crumpet. Adapted from David Sedaris’ best-selling book Holidays on Ice, this holiday tale is a modern classic, made famous when it aired on National Public Radio. Joining Leaver this year as Crumpet’s sidekicks are Enoch King, returning for his 10th stint inThe Santaland Diaries after appearing in Horizon’s productions The Waffle Palace and Uprising, and for her fourth year, LaLa Cochran, most recently seen in the Horizon and Aurora Theatre co-production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the original cast of The Waffle Palace at Horizon and Good People at the Alliance Theatre.
The Santaland Diaries runs 90 minutes with no intermission. The play contains mature content and is not recommended for children.