THE SANTALAND DIARIES
by David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Mantello
December 6 through December 23
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.
"A delightfully thorny account of working as a Yuletide elf at Macy's. Priceless observations, both outrageous and subtle. Destined to hold a place in the annals of American humor writing." —NY Times.
Chester Shepherd (Crumpet) is thrilled to be back at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte after appearing most recently in HAND TO GOD (Jason). ATC audiences may also remember Chester from STUPID FUCKING BIRD (Con) and BAD JEWS (Jonah). His other work in Charlotte includes MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Benedick) and A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE (Gerald) at Paper House Theatre and JACKIE AND ME (Joey), THE CAT IN THE HAT (Boy), HARE AND TORTOISE (Hare) and JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK (Handsome Warren) at Children's Theatre of Charlotte. Chester also guided Paper House Theatre's Unrehearsed Shakespeare productions of AS YOU LIKE IT (Orlando) and TWELFTH NIGHT (Sir Andrew). Chester holds a BA in Theatre Arts & English from Bethel College and an MFA in Acting from Western Illinois University. He sends all his love and devotion to Katy and the girls.
Jeremy DeCarlos (Featured Musician) is a Carolina native with a Theater Performance degree from Winthrop University. He was most recently seen in Actor's Theatre of Charlotte's STUPID FUCKING BIRD (Dev), THE TOXIC AVENGER (Toxie), FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS PARTS 1,2, & 3 (Homer), ROCK OF AGES (Dennis), and RED (Ken).
Director - Chip Decker
Stage Manager - Kathryn Harding
Props/Costumes Designer - Carrie Cranford
Lighting Designer - Hallie Gray
Master Carpenter - Mike Snow