Humorist offers unusual look at the holidays with ‘The Santaland Diaries & Season’s Greetings’

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ANN ARBOR – If you are looking for something a little different this holiday season, look no further than Luree Productions’ “The Santaland Diaries & Season’s Greetings” at the Riverside Arts Center through Dec. 12, with a special benefit performance for HARC at The Kerrytown Concert House on December 16.
As the actors take the stage in “The Santaland Diaries & Season’s Greetings,” two unusual monologues unfold in search for the true meaning of Christmas, David Sedaris style. Based on the Sedaris short story of the same name, “The Santaland Diaries” creates a brilliant evocation of Christmas as seen from the other side…through the eyes of a Macy’s elf. Our hero confronts the screaming children, bossy parents, flaky elves and apathetic Santas with hilarious results!
“Season’s Greetings” continues the hilarity as a woman writes her annual Christmas letter to friends and family describing the unraveling of her year in a hysterical and twisted fashion that could only come from the imagination of Sedaris.
Both pieces are for mature audiences only.
Sedaris made his comic debut with “The Santaland Diaries” on National Public Radio, recounting his strange-but-true experiences of being a Macy’s elf clad in green tights. Named humorist of the year in 2001 by Time Magazine, Sedaris’ sardonic wit and incisive social critique have since made him one of NPR’s most popular and humorous commentators. In addition to his radio commentaries, Sedaris is the author of the best-sellers “Barrel Fever” and “Naked,” as well as “Me Talk Pretty One Day” and the most recent “Dress Your Family In Corduroy And Denim.” The monologues were adapted for the stage by noted director Joe Mantello.
Will Myers (recent star of “Humble Boy” at The Performance Network) dons the green tights in the Sedaris signature piece “The Santaland Diaries,” while Wendy Susan Hiller (“Unnecessary Targets,” The Performance Network and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Michigan Shakespeare Festival) tackles the hausfrau in “Season’s Greetings.”
Wendy Wright, founder of the new theatre company Luree Productions, directs. A veteran actor and director, Wright has worked for The Ann Arbor Civic Theater, Performance Network, Blackbag Productions and Phoenix Theatre Project among others. She was the administrative manager for The Ann Arbor Civic Theater for five years and is the current host of 89.1 Jazz on Sunday mornings at WEMU. “I look forward to launching this new company and hope to give opportunities to aspiring directors”, says Wright.
“The Santaland Diaries & Season’s Greetings” runs through Dec. 12, 2004 at the Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron St in Ypsilanti, MI. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.
Tickets are $13 on Fridays and Saturdays, and $10 on Thursdays and Sundays. For tickets call 734 276-7166.
A special benefit performance will be held for the HIV/AIDS Resource Center on Thursday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave in Ann Arbor. A reception at the aut Bar will follow. Tickets for the benefit are $15. The event will kick off the HARC annual appeal and food drive and is sponsored by the Kerrytown Concert House.

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