Away Team: Santaland Diaries at ATC
Starneslord, the Giddygeeker and Carol the Grumpy Cat (okay – she wasn’t really grumpy – but it amuses me to call her that) got to sit down with the cast and crew of the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte to talk about this year’s production of Santaland Diaries. The perfect combo of season’s greetings and snark, it’s the bon mot of the holiday theater season!
Special guests include: Chester Shepherd (Crumpet), Jeremy DeCarlos (Featured Musician), Chip Decker (Director) and Carrie Cranford (Props/Costumes Designer).
Go see it before it’s too late – running December 6 – 23. For tickets and information, visit their website by clicking here.
About The Santaland Diaries
by David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Mantello
THE SANTALAND DIARIES is a brilliant evocation of what a slacker’s Christmas must feel like. Out of work, our slacker decides to become a department store elf during the holiday crunch. At first the job is simply humiliating, but once the thousands of visitors start pouring through Santa’s workshop, he becomes battle-weary and bitter. Finding consolation in the fact that some of the other elves were television extras on One Life to Live, he grins and bears it, occasionally taking out his frustrations on the children and parents alike. The piece ends with yet another Santa being ushered into the workshop, but this one is different from the lecherous or drunken ones with whom he has had to work. This Santa actually seems to care about and love the children who come to see him, startling our hero into an uncharacteristic moment of goodwill, just before his employment runs out.
Originally recorded 12/06/2017