“The funniest Christmas play ever written”, THE SANTALAND DIARIES is based on the true chronicles of celebrated humour writer and radio celebrity, David Sedaris’ experience working as a Christmas elf in a Macy’s department store in New York City. A biting, side-splitting send-up of Christmas and Sedaris’ brief, misguided career move, THE SANTALAND DIARIES riffs on a few of Sedaris’ truly odd encounters with his fellow man during the height of the holiday crunch and skewers everything we love (and secretly loathe) about the festive season.
Sedaris’ elfin adventures are brought to life onstage for Christmas 2016 by the internationally acclaimed – and North Vancouver’s own – Alan Marriott, as “Crumpet”, along with additional characters and live music brilliantly performed by world renowned musician and songwriter, Sandra-Mae Luykx.
Middle aged, out of work, and in need of holiday cash, a writer assumes the role of “Crumpet”, one of the magical elves in Macy’s New York SantaLand. In striped tights and pointy shoes, “Crumpet” uses his gift for insight (as writers do) and relies on Alan Marriott’s host of wild voices and impersonations to bring to life the hordes of holiday shoppers, bratty kids, overzealous parents, store management, co-worker elves, and even the stout men themselves who don the red suit! “Crumpet” shows us the worst of humanity, and their children. Will he find anyone to redeem this holiday season?
Mature content – NOT recommended for children. Rated 14A.
“This caustic Christmas carol is a laughter-spiked antidote to the holiday blues!”
“Don’t miss this wicked wonderland and exposé of all things elfin.”
“David Sedaris’ holiday masterpiece is guaranteed to add some jangle to your Yuletide jingle!”
“A sardonic, witty, irreverent accounting of elf training, bad Santas, abusive customers and humiliating working conditions – with proof that Christmas can bring out the best (and the worst) in all of us.”
Directed by Bill Allman & Alan Marriott
Produced by GTI Theatrical Productions Society with the generous support of Famous Artists Limited
For more information please visit www.phtheatre.org/show/the-santaland-diaries/