The Santaland Diaries is the stage adaptation of David Sedaris' acerbic and hilarious account of a stint working as a Christmas elf, featuring actor Joe Leary, in Macy's "SantaLand."
Sedaris' sharp observations about his odd encounters during the season of forced joy have become a delightful cult classic for those looking for a comic antidote to Christmas treacle. The Santaland Diaries was adapted in 1996 by Joe Mantello, of "Love! Valour! Compassion!" fame, as a one-man, one-act play. This production features Joe Leary as "Crumpet," the elf. Leary was featured in the Emmy-nominated documentary "Peace Crimes" and will appear in Vera Farmiga's upcoming film "Higher Ground." He is familiar to local audiences through his work with History Theatre, Joel Sass and Mary Worth Theatre and with Theatre Latté Da collaboration with Interact Theatre. Off-Broadway credits include "Talk Radio," "Dead Bird" and "All Men Are Whores." It is directed by Frank Theatre Artistic Director Wendy Knox, who has directed acclaimed versions of Diaries at Syracuse Stage (NY) and Portland Center Stage.