The Santaland Diaries

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The Santaland Diaries

A Holiday Extra for Grown-ups!

by David Sedaris
adapted by Joe Mantello
starring Tim Lile as “Crumpet”
directed by Scott Stoney

December 8 – 17, 2016

The quintessential elf-gone-bad is back to share 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 in the return of this sold out hit comedy.

The Santaland Diaries is NOT part of 2016-2017 Loft Season Subscription Packages but can be added at the discount price of $18. This production is recommended for adult audiences.

Run time: 1 hour, with no intermission

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Performance Schedule

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Special Performance Legend


Thursday night Preview Performance


Opening Night with post-show cast party in the Loft lobby, hosted by 91.3 WYSO


Audio Described / Sign Interpreted performance (available with two weeks notice)

Creative Team

David Sedaris • Playwright

David Sedaris 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 The Humans, 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

Scott Stoney+ • Director

Scott is very grateful to have spent his theatre career (over 45 years) bouncing back and forth between acting and directing. His directing credits include our 30th anniversary season opener Sweeney Todd; Master Class; Crowns (with fellow artist Debbie Blunden-Diggs); Caroline, or Change and 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. Other favorites include Man of La Mancha, The Spitfire Grill, and Torch Song Trilogy. 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 20th 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 18 designs for the Loft include: the world premieres of Family Shots and Under a Red Moon, as well as Master Class, The Santaland Diaries, 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.

Christine Peitzmeier • Costume Designer

Christie is the former costume shop manager at The Human Race Theatre where she enjoyed bringing characters to the stage as both a designer and builder. Her designs at The Human Race Theatre include The Santaland Diaries, 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 and designed the costumes for their productions of The Music Man and Restoration.

John Rensel+ • Lighting Designer

John Rensel+ • Lighting Designer

John 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 2015-16 Human Race Theatre Company’s season at The Loft Theatre; Muse Machine’s productions at the Victoria Theatre and the Dayton Opera Association’s 2015-16 season at the Schuster Center. John freely admits that he often loses his copies of the shows’ scripts.

Jay Brunner+ • Sound Designer

Jay Brunner+ • Sound Designer

Jay is a HRTC veteran and Resident Artist. Sound Design/Original Composition credits: Hail Mary!, Sweeney Todd, Master Class, The Glass Menagerie, The Santaland Diaries, The Full Monty, Taking Shakespeare, Crowns and others. Music Director/Musician credits: Fiddler on the Roof, Mame, Play It by Heart, 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, as well as conjuring sound at many venues throughout the region. He owns/runs a professional recording studio (Ardmore Underground) with his wife, fellow HRTC Resident Artist Christine Brunner.

Lexi Muller* • Production Stage Manager

Lexi is happy to be returning to the Loft Theatre, where her previous productions include Hail Mary!, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, One Slight Hitch and The Glass Menagerie. Other regional credits include Dayton Philharmonic’s Best of Broadway II concert at the Schuster Center. She is a proud graduate of Wright State University, where she received her BFA in Stage Management.


Tim Lile*+ • Crumpet

Tim Lile*+ • Crumpet

Tim is 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 this production. 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 (1999 at the Victoria Theatre), 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.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
+Resident Artist of The Human Race Theatre Company.