Recurring EventDavid Sedaris's holiday classic "The SantaLand Diaries" for mature elves & others – "Elf-ing Good!"
david sedariss holiday classic the santaland diaries for mature elves -and- others elf-ing good
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Date & Time

Saturday, November 30, 2019
8:00pm - 9:30pm

Sunday, December 01, 2019
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Friday, December 06, 2019
8:00pm - 9:30pm

Saturday, December 07, 2019
8:00pm - 9:30pm

Sunday, December 08, 2019
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Friday, December 13, 2019
8:00pm - 9:30pm

Saturday, December 14, 2019
8:00pm - 9:30pm

Sunday, December 15, 2019
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Friday, December 20, 2019
8:00pm - 9:30pm

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Santa Monica Playhouse - The Other Space - 1211 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 - between Wilshire and Arizona, one block east of the Third Street Promenade, in beautiful Downtown Santa Monica.

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310-394-9779 ext 1
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NY Times raves "A delightfully thorny account of working as a Yuletide elf at Macy's. Priceless observations, both outrageous and subtle!" NY Newsday hails it as "a sardonic, merrily subversive tale—just the antidote to bright-eyed joy before too many shopping days have passed!" When it was first broadcast, it generated more requests for tapes than any story in Morning Edition's history except the death of Red Barber. It was brought to life off-Broadway, had a sell-out run at the Playhouse in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, and once again, stage and screen personality Patrick Censoplano dons the candy-cane tights for the holidays in this outrageously funny one-man play about the author's experiences as an unemployed writer taking a job as an elf at Macy's department store in New York City. "Sedaris fills his one-man show with loads of different characters, which a charismatic Patrick Censoplano effortlessly handles. Censoplano is perfectly cast!"


This delightfully tart tale takes a wry look at how the holiday season brings out the best – and the worst – in us all. The SantaLand Diaries, adapted by Joe Montello from renowned author David Sedaris's well-loved story, is helmed by international acclaimed director Chris DeCarlo, with appropriately cheerful holiday costumes by Ashley Hayes and outrageous yuletide set by James Cooper. Perfect for date night, group parties and for anyone who wants to joyously celebrate, or cheerfully denigrate, the holidays in a unique and special way. Toast the holidays with pre-show champagne or non-alcoholic eggnog, included in your ticket price! Santa Monica Playhouse productions are supported in part by grants from the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission, the Cotkin Family, and Playhouse PALS.