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By David Sedaris

For mature elves only!

November 26 to December 19, 2010

Spend an irreverent evening with Crumpet - one of Santa's little helpers during the holiday rush at Macy's - as he copes with thousands of shoppers (and their kiddies) with whacked out, wicked wit. This show is a holiday treat for grownups, so leave the little angels at home for a behind-the-scenes peek at an elf gone bad. For mature elves only! 

Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission.

  • We will be doing a standby list for each performance.
  • To get on the standby list you will need to come in to the box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Then return to the Box Office no later than 15 minutes before show time when we will call names on the standby list in the order they appear on the list. These seats are only available if seats are released.


November 26, 2010 at 7:30 PM |
November 27, 2010 at 7:30 PM |
November 28, 2010 at 2:30 PM |
November 30, 2010 at 7:30 PM |
December 1, 2010 at 7:30 PM |
December 2, 2010 at 7:30 PM |
December 3, 2010 at 7:30 PM |
December 4, 2010 at 2:30 PM |
December 4, 2010 at 7:30 PM |
December 5, 2010 at 2:30 PM |
December 5, 2010 at 5:30 PM |
December 7, 2010 at 7:30 PM |
December 8, 2010 at 7:30 PM |
December 9, 2010 at 2:00 PM |
December 9, 2010 at 7:30 PM |
December 10, 2010 at 7:30 PM |
December 11, 2010 at 2:30 PM |
December 11, 2010 at 7:30 PM |
December 12, 2010 at 2:30 PM |
December 12, 2010 at 5:30 PM |
December 14, 2010 at 7:30 PM |
December 15, 2010 at 7:30 PM |
December 16, 2010 at 7:30 PM |
December 17, 2010 at 7:30 PM |
December 18, 2010 at 2:30 PM |
December 18, 2010 at 7:30 PM |
December 19, 2010 at 2:30 PM |
December 19, 2010 at 5:30 PM |


Art and Theater: A right jaded old elf










DAVID SEDARIS (Author) is a Grammy Award-nominated humorist, writer, comedian, bestselling author, and radio contributor. He first won national recognition fifteen years ago recounting his experiences as Crumpet the Macy’s department store elf in The Santaland Diaries. Using his sharp, socially alert wit, Sedaris essays appear regularly in Esquire, GQ, and The New Yorker. He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994. Each of his five subsequent essay collections, Naked (1997), Holidays on Ice (1997), Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000), Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (2004), and When You Are Engulfed in Flames (2008), have become New York Times Best Sellers. As of 2008[update], his books have collectively sold 7 million copies. Much of Sedaris's humor is autobiographical and self-deprecating, and it often concerns his family life, his middle class upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, Greek heritage, various jobs, and education.



DUSTIN TUCKER (David) Portland Stage: The 39 Steps, Fully Committed, Bach at Leipzig, Peer Gynt and Fred in A Christmas Carol. Broadway: The Rainmaker (Roundabout). Off-Broadway: Stone Cold Dead Serious (Edge Theater Co./NY Premiere); Life is a Dream (Edge Theater Co./SoHo Rep); La Dispute (Primary Stages/ACT II Productions). Other NY: Falstaff and The Merry Widow (Dicapo Opera); Moonchildren and Pains of Youth (HERE); Woyzeck in Woyzeck (Culture Project) and The Maids (2001 NY Fringe Festival). Regional credits: ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Rainmaker (Williamstown); The Mystery of Irma Vep, Millet in Is He Dead? and Valere in La Bête (Theater at Monmouth); Around the World in 80 Days, Perfect Wedding and No Sex Please, We’re British (Sierra Repertory Theater); Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew (Interlochen Shakespeare Festival). Dustin is an Affiliate Artist with Portland Stage and a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. 


DANIEL BURSON (Director) is delighted to be working with Dustin & Marjorie again on Santaland’s third foray as part of the Studio Series. Dan is Portland Stage’s Literary & Education Manager, having returned to his home state in 2005 after stints with the Guthrie Theater, Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Huntington Theatre Company. In addition to the last two years of The Santaland Diaries, he has directed last season’s Mary’s Wedding on the PSC Mainstage, many staged readings for From Away and Little Festival of the Unexpected, and two independent studio collaborations: The Apollo of Bellac and Bunnies Part 1. Other local credits include Twelfth Night, Almost, Maine, and Indoor/ Outdoor at the Boothbay Opera House, The Lonesome West and The Seafarer with AIRE, and I Hate Hamlet with Freeport Players. As a dramaturg, Dan is the Northeast regional vice president of Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas, and dramaturged the world premieres of Longfellow: A Life in Words and PSC’s adaptation of Peer Gynt.

ANITA STEWART (Set Designer) has worked as a set and costume designer at leading theatres across the country, including: the Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Canadian Opera Company, Minnesota Opera, A.R.T., Steppenwolf, Hartford Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Long Wharf Theatre, New York Theater Workshop, Boise Contemporary Theater, New Jersey Shakespeare and Portland Stage Company. Anita's desire to play a meaningful role as an artist in a specific community brought her to Portland Stage Company in Maine as Artistic Director, a company for which she had previously done significant freelance design.

SUSAN THOMAS (Costume Designer) is now on her fifth season as the Costume Shop Manager at Portland Stage Company.  Some of Susan’s design credits at Portland Stage are A Christmas Carol, The Santaland Diaries, and The Real McGonagall, all of which are running this season. Mary’s Wedding, Fully Committed, and Longfellow: A Life In Words in previous seasons. Susan has worked in the costume shops of a variety of regional theatres including: Theatre Department at USM, Maine State Music Theater Costume Rentals, Geva Theater Center, Shakespeare & Company, The Theater at Monmouth, Fenix Theatre Company, The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, and Port Opera.

MATTHEW COST (Lighting/Sound Designer) began designing as an undergrad at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.  His work was most recently seen in In Direction for BoSoma Dance Company, at the BU Dance Theater in Boston.  He also designs with Amy Marshall Dance Company, on tour in Queretaro, Mexico in 2009, and in Macau in 2008.  Matt also plays bass in the Boston-based band The Swaggerin’ Growlers.  His lighting can next be seen in The Nutcracker for Sole City Dance in Rochester, NH this holiday season, followed by A Streetcar Named Desire at The Player’s Ring in Portsmouth, NH, January 2011.

AMBER CALLAHAN (Lobby Decoration Designer) is delighted to come back to create The Santaland Diaries at PSC once again. Upon graduation from the University of Maine in Orono, she spent a year as a carpentry intern at PSC. Since then she has worked as a freelance designer and carpenter in the Southern ME and Seacoast NH areas and this past summer was honored with the invitation to become a full member of the Mad Horse Theater Company. Most recently she joined the team at The Public Theater in Lewiston as their full time technical director.  

MARJORIE GALLANT (Stage Manager) marks this as her eleventh season with PSC and she is honored to be working with Dustin and Dan on their third year of The Santaland Diaries. Other productions Marjorie has stage managed include Indoor/Outdoor, Fully Committed, Magnetic North, Iron Kisses, Over the Tavern, six seasons of A Christmas Carol, Syncopation, I Am My Own Wife, Lettice and Lovage, Dinner With Friends, Yemaya’s Belly, Women and the Sea, Looking Over the President’s Shoulder, A Comedy of Errors, The Lion In Winter, Copenhagen, Arcadia, A Perfect Ganesh, and The Misanthrope. She has also spent eight summers at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. BTF credits include Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Morning’s at Seven, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Equus, Heartbreak House, Peter Pan, The Foreigner, and Zorba.






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