New Edgecliff Theatre has revamped its annual antidote to the holidays, pairing David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries with an offering from True Theatre called trueCHRISTMAS. The Carnegie’s Joshua Steele returns to The Santaland Diaries, chronicling the real-life observations of renowned NPR commentator and memoirist Sedaris as he encounters crazed Santas, obnoxious parents and queasy children, while working his first New York job – as one of Santa’s Elves – in the very nexus of commercial Christmas and Holiday Cheer, Macy’s Santaland.
After intermission, the very dark companion piece to The Santaland Diaries (Season’s Greetings) will be replaced by the highly regarded True Theatre, bringing its own brand of storytelling to the stage, as people from all walks of life share their own real-life stories of the holidays in trueCHRISTMAS. Each weekend, three new storytellers will be featured. True Theatre has developed a loyal following in its two-year existence, presenting several evenings of storytelling in the Know Theatre’s underground, often with a theme tied to various holidays, (“True Independence”, “True Foolishness”, etc.), most recently with “True Hunger” (on the eve of our most gluttonous time of the year). NET Artistic Director Jim Stump says, “As much as we hate to see Season’s Greetings go, we just couldn’t resist the idea of pairing Sedaris’ own true story with other true holiday stories.” New Edgecliff Executive Director and founder Michael Shooner adds, “We keep working to keep the Christmas slot fresh for returning audiences as well as new ones. With that in mind, the pairing of The Santaland Diaries and trueCHRISTMAS is an absolute no-brainer. We can’t wait to see how it plays!”
Intended for mature audiences only.
December 1st-17th, 2011
Columbia Performance Center
3900 Eastern Avenue
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