David Sedaris Does Christmas
Season's Greeting to Our Friends & Family
The Santaland Diaries
By DAVID SEDARIS
Adapted for the stage by JOE MANTELLO
NOVEMBER 22 - DECEMBER 14, 2013
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays @ 8pm
Sunday DECEMBER 1 @ 2:30pm
Tickets: $27, $22 Seniors & Students
Tickets are available for purchase online HERE.
SYNOPSIS & INFORMATION:
One morning, in 1992, commuters were treated to a different kind of holiday cheer on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. A relatively unknown writer named David Sedaris read his “Santaland Diaries” over the airwaves and carved out a niche for himself in the world of holiday marketing. Since, the work of David Sedaris has been broadcast repeatedly on NPR while six of his eight novels have spent time on The New York Times Best Seller List. His personal narratives infused with his trademark sardonic wit make him a wickedly funny writer and highly entertaining speaker. Island ETC is presenting two of Sedaris’ holiday monologues: “Season’s Greetings To Our Family and Friends” and “The Santaland Diaries,” both adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello. (more below)
So forget visions of sugarplums and carols sung by the fireplace, Island ETC has an alternative way to keep things jolly this holiday season – irreverent comedy! DAVID SEDARIS DOES CHRISTMAS is for theatergoers looking for unique fare this holiday season. It is an evening to take a breather from all the traditional holiday-themed shows and to laugh at our continued efforts to maintain ‘holiday cheer.’ “Season’s Greetings” and “The Santaland Diaries” highlight the desperate need that many of us have to display holiday cheer, even if it kills us!
ETC’s production of DAVID SEDARIS DOES CHRISTMAS begins with Catrin Griffiths Glynn as the character of Mrs. Jocelyn Dunbar, a middle-aged wife and mother reading her annual holiday Season’s Greetings newsletter to the audience. Unfortunately, the past year for Mrs. Dunbar has been everything but jolly! Through a composed façade and a counterfeit smile, Mrs. Dunbar leads us through a droll tale of woe that is as hilarious as it is disturbing.
“The Santaland Diaries” is based on Sedaris’ real-life experiences. It is an hysterical tale of elfin’ woe. Edwin Robinson portrays David in this hilarious one-man send-up of a brief, misguided career as a Macy’s elf. The show skewers our sentimental love of all things Christmas – the happy children, the gifts, the spritely elves and the good cheer. “The Santaland Diaries” shows us the other side of what it is like to work at Santaland. The result is merrily subversive, but definitely fun!
DAVID SEDARIS DOES CHRISTMAS will open on Friday, November 22nd and continue through Saturday, December 14th (There will be no performance on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28th -- actors have family and the need to eat, too!) Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00pm. There will be one Sunday matinee at 2:30pm on December 1st. Each Thursday evening performance will include an “Ugliest Christmas Sweater” contest for all audience members wishing to participate!
NOTICE: *Not recommended for children due to mature themes.
Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00pm. There will be one Sunday matinee on December 1st at 2:30pm. Tickets are available for purchase online by clicking here.
Island ETC (East-End Theatre Company) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. ETC is Galveston’s only professional producing theatre company and is located at 2317 Mechanic Street in Galveston.
For information on group rates, please call the theatre at (409) 762-3556 or (888) 762-3556. Additional information and ticket purchases can be found at www.islandetc.org.