Saturday, November 14, 2009

Elf Confesses All Live On Stage

Message from Capital Stage, Sacramento
Photo Credit: Charr Crail

Capital Stage Presents THE SANTALAND DIARIES

November 27 - December 27, 2009
(Opening night: Friday, December 4 at 8 p.m.)

This holiday season Capital Stage presents the wickedly funny and wryly hilarious writing of NPR commentator David Sedaris. He's represented with the one-elf tour de force production of The SantaLand Diaries, adapted by Joe Mantello.

The story is based on the outlandish yet true chronicles of the best-selling author's stint as Crumpet the Elf in Macy's holiday display. It follows David, a would be soap opera writer, as he struggles to make it in New York. Unemployed and low on cash, he takes the "full-time Elf job" and soon zeros in on inane workplace policies, his fellow dispirited imps and the not-so-jolly revolving Santas. And what would SantaLand be without a gaggle of exasperated holiday shoppers?

Witty, sardonic and unpredictable, Sedaris mercilessly cuts through the Christmas spirit to point out the insane things we do during that most wonderful time of the year.

"...laced with priceless observations, both outrageous and subtle" - The New York Times

Performances for The SantaLand Diaries begin with five previews: Friday, November 27 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, November 28 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, November 29 at 2 p.m.; Wednesday, December 2 at 7 p.m.; and Thursday, December 3 at 8 p.m.

The show will open on Friday, December 4, 2009 at 8 p.m. Performances continue through December 27. Showtimes will be Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.. Added performances will be on Saturday, December 12 at 2 p.m.; Sunday, December 13 at 7 p.m.; Saturday December 19 at 2 p.m.; Sunday, December 20 at 7 p.m.; and Tuesday, December 22 at 7 p.m.

A performance on Christmas Eve (Thursday, December 24) will be at 7 p.m.. There will be no performance on Christmas Day.

Tickets range from $27-$34. Discount tickets are available as follows: Preview Tickets: $15; Student Tickets Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday Matinee: $13; Senior Tickets Sunday Matinee: $22; Group Rates available for 12 or more.

Tickets are currently available at the Capital Stage Box Office, by phone at 916-995-5464 or online at The Pilothouse Restaurant offers a specially priced menu for theatre patrons, who can make Pilothouse reservations through the box office.

THE AUTHOR David Sedaris is a Grammy Award-nominated humorist, writer, comedian, bestselling author, and radio contributor. Sedaris was first publicly recognized in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay The SantaLand Diaries. He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994. Each of his five subsequent essay collections have become New York Times Best Sellers. His books have collectively sold seven million copies. Much of Sedaris's humor is autobiographical and self-deprecating, and often concerns his family life, his middle class upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, Greek heritage, various jobs, education, drug use, and his life in France.

Capital Stage Artistic Associate Janis Stevens (American Buffalo, Fool for Love) will direct long-time Foothill Theatre Company member Gary Alan Wright in this one-man tour de force.

The SantaLand Diaries is underwritten by Downey Brand Attorneys LLP.

Recommendation: For Mature Elves Only.

No comments: