|‘Santaland Diaries’ on Sebastopol stage December 5 - 15
Due to a sudden tangle with legal rights, the Sebastopol theater company Main Stage West has announced what would have been their production of “The Little Prince” has now been replaced with “The Santaland Diaries,” by David Sedaris.
Sedaris’s play was first aired in 1992 on National Public Radio, only to be later picked up and adapted by Joe Mantello. The feature was directed by Argo Thompson and starred David Yen.
“The Santaland Diaries” is a semi-autobiographical piece trailing one man’s hapless venture to New York City where he hopes to gain fame by becoming the next great Soap Opera star.
As you might expect, things do not go as planned for the hopeful of protagonist and instead quick fame and fortune, he’s forced to accept the only acting job he can find: playing a pointy-shoed elf in the Macy’s Santaland display during the holiday rush.
This bittersweet, but endearing story is stuffed with comedy and clipped with dry humor that outlines the embarrassment and strange situations we can sometimes find during the Christmas season.
It should be noted that this production features some adult language and situations and recommends that no child under the age of 13 attend its production.
“The Santaland Diaries” plays from Dec. 5-15, with performances ever Thursday-Sunday.
The play will begin at 8 p.m. on Dec. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 and 5 p.m. on the Dec. 8 and 15. Tickets are $15-$25 and can be purchased online at www.mainstagewest.com or by phone at 823-0177.
Main Stage West is located in Sebastopol at 104 N. Main St.