Santaland Diaries at Rosendale Theatre

Ann Citron directs Kimberly Kay in Santaland Diaries’ rehearsal at the Rosendale Theatre. (photo by Dion Ogust)

Who could ever have guessed that David Sedaris would become a holiday icon? Discovered by National Public Radio talent Ira Glass in the early 1990s while performing in Chicago clubs, the North Carolina-raised son of a Greek IBM engineer made his first splash with his radio memoir of working a stint as a Macy’s store elf in 1992 on This American Life. He has since gone on to become a regular New Yorker contributor, as well as the author of a stream of humorous and popular memoirs in which he plays up the oddities of his own life.

The Santaland Diaries, meanwhile, has taken on a life of its own, via Sedaris’ annual performances of the expanded piece, as well as a one-person play based on the travails of “Crumpet the Elf,” adapted by noted Broadway theatre director/creator Joe Mantello (Wicked).

This increasingly popular holiday show is being performed locally at the Rosendale Theatre this Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, December 9 at 7 p.m., with Kimberly Kay playing the penniless gay would-be soap opera writer hired to play an elf at Macy’s flagship store in New York. Learn all about elf-hiring, elf-training, elf camaraderie and who gets to play Santa in this benefit for the Rosendale Theatre Capital Campaign.

 

Kimberly Kay in The Santaland Diaries, December 7 & 8, 8 p.m., December 9, 7 p.m., $15, Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale, (845) 658-8989, www.rosendaletheatre.org.

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