by David Sedaris
adapted by Joe Mantello
starring Tim Lile
directed by Scott Stoney
Meet the quintessential elf-gone-bad as he relives a series of less-than-merry misadventures in David Sedaris’ hysterical antidote for holiday havoc. Spend some time with the irreverent Crumpet—one of Santa’s little helpers during the Macy’s Christmas shopping rush—as he handles the hordes of insufferable shoppers and their kiddies with whacked out, wicked wit.
The Santaland Diaries is NOT part of 2015-2016 Loft Season Subscription Packages but can be added at the discount price of $18.
Run time: 1 hour, with no intermission
Tim Lile (Crumpet), a Resident Artist with The Human Race, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from Ohio University which he will not be using in tonight’s performance. Hopefully, Human Race audiences will remember his performances in Play It by Heart, God of Carnage, Managing Maxine, Twelfth Night, Lend Me a Tenor, Ears on a Beatle, A Tuna Christmas, Moonlight and Magnolias (at The Loft and Victoria theatres), The Underpants, The Odd Couple, Spinning into Butter, Resident Alien, Art, Trip to Bountiful, On Golden Pond, The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Tim also directed Lombardi, Rounding Third and co-directed the home-run hit Take Me Out. “They told me I could have an extended bio in the program since I was the only person in the show, so here goes_…I was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio on…_just kidding! I want to thank you for attending this performance and apologize, in advance, if you are offended by anything said here tonight. I didn’t write the play! Finally, there is a good chance Crumpet may spell the end of my acting career, so please check out my website www.BidNowLLC.com where Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime can Bid Now to buy the stuff you want at the price you set! I still have that Master’s Degree in Acting to pay off and a daughter to raise. Merry Christmas and God Bless America!”
David Sedaris (Playwright) made his comic debut recounting his strange-but-true experiences of being a Macy’s elf clad in green tights, reading his Santaland Diaries on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Sedaris’ sardonic humor and incisive social critique have since made him one of NPR’s most popular and humorous commentators and a best-selling author in the United States and abroad. The great skill with which Sedaris slices through euphemisms and political correctness proves that he is a master of satire. Everywhere he goes, David Sedaris delights his audience with his irreverent style and great humor. In addition to his commentaries on NPR, Sedaris is the author of the best-sellers Barrel Fever and Naked. His collection of Christmas related stories is entitled Holiday on Ice. His book of essays Me Talk Pretty One Day was published in June 2000, became an immediate best-seller and was followed by Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2004), Children Playing before a Statue of Hercules (2005), When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2008), Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk (2010) and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls (2013). David and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name The Talent Family and written several plays which have been produced at La Mama and at Lincoln Center in New York City. These plays include Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe, which received an Obie award, Incident at Cobbler’s Knob, and The Book of Liz. David is a regular contributor to Esquire magazine and his essays have also appeared in The New Yorker, Allure, and Travel and Leisure. Sedaris’ original radio pieces can often be heard on public radio’s This American Life, distributed nationally by WBEZ in Chicago, as well as BBC radio in London. David Sedaris currently resides in Paris.
Joe Mantello (Adaptor) Directing credits include An Act of God, The Last Ship, Casa Valentina, I’ll Eat You Last, The Other Place, Dogfight, Other Desert Cities, The Pride, Pal Joey, 9 to 5, Wicked, Blackbird, November, The Receptionist, The Ritz, Three Days of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross, Laugh Whore, Assassins (Tony Award), Take Me Out (Tony Award), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Design for Living, The Vagina Monologues, Bash, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Proposals, The Mineola Twins, Corpus Christi. Film: Love! Valour! Compassion! As an actor: The Normal Heart (Tony Award nomination), Angels in America (Tony Award nomination) and The Baltimore Waltz. He is the recipient of Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie and Joe A. Callaway awards. He is a member of Naked Angels and an associate artist at Roundabout Theatre Company.
Scott Stoney (Director) is very grateful to have spent his theatre career (over 40 years) bouncing back and forth between directing and acting and believes firmly that the two skill sets, though very different, continue to nourish each other. His more recent directing credits include Crowns (an absolute joy to work with friend and fellow artist Debbie Blunden-Diggs); Torch Song Trilogy; Caroline, or Change; Next to Normal at the Victoria Theatre; August: Osage County in collaboration with Wright State University; Mame as associate director with director Kevin Moore and Alice in Wonderland for Zoot Theatre Company. After a brief adventure in Florida this winter (acting for Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando), he will return to direct The Human Race’s last show of this season, Master Class. Scott has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District and is in the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame.
Scott J. Kimmins (Scenic Designer) This is Scott’s 19th season as the Technical Director for The Human Race Theatre Company where he has built over 140 productions for The Loft stage as well as the Victoria Theatre. His 16 designs for the Loft include: the world premieres of Family Shots and Under a Red Moon, Torch Song Trilogy, Band Geeks!, Ordinary Days, Brother Wolf, The Wonder Bread Years, Children of Eden, Forever Plaid and Copenhagen, which received a DayTony Award for Excellence in Set Design. Scott also designed The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, Bent and A Man Haunted at Wright State University where he attended school for 5 years in the Design/Production Program. Other design credits include Tuesdays with Morrie at the Victoria Theatre, The Infernal Machine for Sinclair College, Yellowman for Dream Keepers and Bunk Bed Brothers for Sweetwood Productions, also on the Victoria Theatre stage in 2005.
Christie Peitzmeier (Costume Designer) enjoys bringing characters to the stage here at The Human Race Theatre as both a designer and the costume shop manager. Her most designs at The Human Race Theatre include Mame, Play It by Heart and Becky’s New Car. She also worked as the costume coordinator for Fiddler on the Roof. In the spring of 2013, she received her Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design and Technology from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. She began her costuming career at Sinclair Community College and then continued to study at Wright State University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
John Rensel (Lighting Designer) is the long-term Resident Lighting Designer for The Human Race Theatre Company, Muse Machine, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Pops series and Dayton Opera Association. He also serves as the long-time Technical Director for the Fraze Pavilion and has provided technical advance production coordination, lighting designs, automation programming and performance operation services for many artists and productions that have visited that venue. John also has a diverse dance lighting background, having provided lighting designs and technical production services for many years to The Dayton Ballet and Dayton Contemporary Dance Co. John’s national credits included a lighting design package for a National Touring Production of the Elton John/Tim Rice collaboration Aida. Some of his most recent local credits include all the designs for the 2014-15 Human Race Theatre Company’s season at The Loft Theatre; Muse Machine’s productions at the Victoria Theatre and the Dayton Opera Association’s 2014-15 season at the Schuster Center. John freely admits that he often loses his copies of the shows’ script.
Jay Brunner (Sound Designer) is a HRTC veteran, working on The Full Monty: The Broadway Musical; Family Shots; Mame; Play It by Heart; Fiddler on the Roof; Next to Normal; Avenue Q; and Red-Blooded, All-American Man as Sound Designer/Conductor/Co-Music Director/Guitarist/Arranger (take your pick). Jay has designed sound/incidental music for countless voiceovers, regional commercials, radio spots, training videos, collegiate theatre projects, marching bands, clubs, and organizations. He owns/runs a professional recording studio, Ardmore Underground with his wife, professional actor/voice-over artist Christine Brunner. Jay performs and records with local groups Uncle Daddy and the Family Secret, Adagio Blue and 21 Ghosts.
Kay Carver (Production Stage Manager) graduated from Wright State University’s Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures with a degree in Design/Technology and Stage Management. Her professional credits for The Human Race Theatre Company include Production Stage Manager for 17 productions on the past three Loft seasons, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Victoria Theatre, the 2013 Festival of New Musicals, MTW Dani Girl, Assistant Stage Manager for The Drowsy Chaperone and Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical and Production Assistant for Twelfth Night, The 39 Steps and Ordinary Days. She also served as the Production Stage Manager for the Wright State University/Dayton Philharmonic collaborative production of Bernstein’s Mass at the Schuster Center.