The Santaland Diaries 2014

by David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Montello December 3 & 4 at 7:00 PM at The Melting Point – A Holiday FUNdraiser santaland_09252014

THE SANTALAND DIARIES is a brilliant evocation of what a slacker’s Christmas must feel like. Out of work, our slacker decides to become a Macy’s elf during the holiday crunch. At first the job is simply humiliating, but once the thousands of visitors start pouring through Santa’s workshop, he becomes battle weary and bitter. Taking consolation in the fact that some of the other elves were television extras on One Life to Live, he grins and bears it, occasionally taking out his frustrations on the children and parents alike. The piece ends with yet another Santa being ushered into the workshop, but this one is different from the lecherous or drunken ones with whom he has had to work. This Santa actually seems to care about and love the children who come to see him, startling our hero into an uncharacteristic moment of goodwill just before his employment runs out.

Following the production, a Drag Spectacular with Traditional Family Values, We Three Queens, will be presented by UGA’s Next Act . WE THREE QUEENS tells the story of a failing house of drag burlesque. When the Sweet Queen’s headliner—the inscrutable Mimosa—loses his nerve, the show falls flat, and Madam Unity faces an aggressive buy out from a fried chicken chain with traditional family values. Relentless, however, Mimosa resigns himself but hatches a plan to launch his son (Evan) into an illustrious career in drag. Tensions will flair, glitter will fly, and jocks will be strapped in this madcap cabaret as Mimosa’s jealousy gets the better of him. A battle royale will rock the Sweet Queen in a Christmas Eve showdown that will determine the fates of the queens, chicken, and a family.

Anthony Marotta in “The Santaland Diaries”

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