Los Angeles' Sacred Fools Theatre gets into the holiday spirit with a revival of Thorton Wilder's seventy-year-old play, The Long Christmas Dinner, running as a double feature with David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries Dec. 6-22.
First published exactly seventy years ago, The Long Christmas Dinner looks at ninety years of American history and several generations of the Wainwrights, a wealthy family of Eastern WASPs. Wilder was a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner whose plays include Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth. He also wrote the libretto to Paul Hindemith's 1961 opera version of Christmas Dinner.
The cast of The Long Christmas Dinner is Blythe Baten, Barbara Kerr Condon, Andrew Friedman, Richard Gustafson, David Holcomb, Beth Kirkpatrick, Scott Paetty and Deena Rubinson.
In the one-man comedy The Santaland Diaries, a Macy's elf christened Crumpet (his real name is David) goes from scoffing at a seasonal employment ad for the New York megastore to actually donning the tights and curly-toed shoes of one of Santa's helpers. Needless to say, all is not joy and light in Santa's workshop as Christmas Eve approaches. Dave P. Moore stars.