A Former Vampire Slayer Becomes an Elf

PlayBlog   A Former Vampire Slayer Becomes an Elf
[caption id="attachment_2018" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Nicholas Brendon"]Nicholas Brendon[/caption]

Nicholas Brendon has gone from slaying vampires in fictional Sunnydale, CA, to becoming Santa's right-hand man at Macy's.

Brendon, best known as Xander from TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," will star in humorist David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries beginning Nov. 20 at The Blank's 2nd Stage Theatre in Hollywood.

Brendon will play David/Crumpet the Elf, recounting Sedaris' experience working at retail giant Macy's during the holiday season. Joe Mantello adapted Sedaris' comic essay for the stage in the 1990s, and it's been regional hit ever since. What began as "a simply humiliating job" turns into a one full of bitter frustrations taken out on Santa's biggest fans and their parents.

After a six-year stint slaying vampires (in the cult-hit series, Xander technically assisted the title vampire slayer as part of the "Scooby gang"), Brendon currently has a recurring role on the hit CBS series "Criminal Minds." He'll also appear in the upcoming films "Holiday House" and "Sweet Lorraine." His past work with The Blank Theatre Company includes Lobster Alice and several appearances in the Young Playwrights Festival.

The Santaland Diaries begins performances on Nov. 20 at The Blank on Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. The production will run through Dec. 20. Visit www.TheBlank.com.

— Allison Klamkin

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