Arts and Theatre
SantaLand Diaries Kicks Off Holiday Season at DC’s Drafthouse Comedy Theater
Drafthouse Comedy Theater proudly presents The SantaLand Diaries by best-selling humorist David Sedaris, adapted by acclaimed theater director Joe Montello. Broadway actor Cameron Folmar stars as a gay, out-of-work writer who lands a job as a Macy’s elf—and spills the beans behind the scenes. Directed by D.C. theater veteran Lynn Sharp Spears, the solo show about a puckish Santa’s helper runs December 7 to 23, 2017.
With SantaLand Diaries, the Drafthouse launches its foray into professional theater production on one of the best-outfitted blackbox stages in town. “We’ve got a slew of comedy fans, and we’re eager for the DC theater crowd to get to know us too,” said Drafthouse Founder and Owner Greg Godbout. “Drafthouse has been hugely successful presenting stand-up, and we realized our new location is also a perfect fit for live theater. So this is our first venture into fully staging a professional show, and we’re psyched. We’ve got a script by one of America’s funniest writers. We’re working with a great actor and director. And we’re ready to open the house to theater lovers who want a fun night out and offbeat cheer this crazy time of year.”
In Sedaris’s tale, an unemployed writer in need of holiday cash trades his dignity for a pair of jingling shoes and takes a job as an elf at Macy’s in Manhattan. Besieged by bratty kids with overzealous parents and wearing a humiliating costume, he finds that his cynical self and his elfin persona “Crumpet” don’t sync. His remedy is to tell all—giving us a backstage pass to the secret lives of Santa’s elves. Based on a comic autobiographical monologue on NPR by Sedaris and adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello, The SantaLand Diaries is a wry and witty look at the commercial excess that is the holiday season.
An offshoot of Arlington Drafthouse, Drafthouse Comedy Theater is located in the heart of downtown D.C. on the corner of 13th and L Streets NW. The Drafthouse offers concession beer, wine, liquor, and pre-packaged snacks. The theater seats 145 and features tall ceilings, great sight lines, and an intimate atmosphere. The Drafthouse is also wheelchair accessible. Doors open 30 minutes before showtimes and seating is general admission.
December 7 to 23, 2017
Thursdays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online or at the door.
Runtime: 80 minutes, with no intermission.
Drafthouse Comedy Theater
1100 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
Entrance on L Street between 13th and 14th Streets
One Franklin Square (Open 24/7, $7 2:00 p.m. to midnight)
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