The Santaland Diaries | November 23 – December 3

by David Sedaris
adapted by Joe Montello
directed by Dawn McAndrews

sponsored by and 

Meet “Crumpet” the quintessential elf-gone-bad as he relives a series of less-than-merry misadventures in David Sedaris’ hysterical antidote for holiday havoc. Spend some time in Santaland with one of Santa’s little helpers during Macy’s Christmas shopping rush—as he handles the hordes of insufferable shoppers and their kiddos with whacked out wit and wicked humor.

Schedule
Thursday, November 23, 7:30 p.m. (Preview)
Friday, November 24, 7:30 p.m. (Opening)
Saturday, November 25, 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 26 , 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 30, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 1, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 2, 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 3, 1:00 p.m.

 

Production Team


Dawn McAndrews
Director

Jim Alexander
Set and Lighting Designer

Michelle Handley
Costume Designer

Rew Tippin
Sound Designer

Kathleen Nation
Stage Manager


Performed by TAM Favorite, Mike Anthony!


Mike Anthony
Crumpet the Elf

 

The Santaland Diaries features TAM favorite Mike Anthony as Crumpet, the quintessential elf-gonebad, as he relates a series of merry misadventures in this antidote for holiday havoc. Spend some time with one of Santa’s little helpers during Macy’s Christmas shopping rush as he handles the hordes of insufferable shoppers and their kiddos with whacked out wisdom and wicked humor. Producing Artistic Director, Dawn McAndrews explains, “You know that old saying when something goes terribly wrong, ‘Someday we will laugh about this’? Well, that’s exactly what David Sedaris has done; he’s taken the memory of an awful job during a rough year in his life, and turned it into a delightful funny and deliciously decadent lesson for us all.”

From the Director

On one level, The Santaland Diaries is nothing more than a reality show of the behind-the-scenes truth of one guy’s awful job. It’s Sedaris’ irreverence towards the holidays coupled with his brilliance as a chronicler of American life that makes The Santaland Diaries a delightful bit of mischief and subversion. He points out the absurdity in the everyday, the ridiculous in the ordinary, all with a brilliant eye and keen intellect. Perhaps more significant is his underlying message, reminding us to focus on the true values of the season: family, love, generosity, warmth, and joy. I am delighted to have Mike Anthony return to TAM for his fourth holiday show as the ever witty, ever snarky, ever insightful, Crumpet. Mike is an actor whose Facebook musings on the humans of New York are both insightful and filled with compassion and love.

For six years, TAM has offered local audiences a respite from the shopping frenzy through stories that speak to our nostalgia for the season and a fresh perspective on how our modern pressures and schedules keep us from truly treasuring its magic. We hope that you enjoy the show as much as we have enjoyed creating it. Thanks for coming, and happy holidays!