The Santaland Diaries (2011)

November 29 — December 31
In the Ellyn Bye Studio

By David Sedaris
Adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello
Directed by Wendy Knox
Starring Jim Lichtscheidl
“A delightful production… the tall, lean Lichtscheidl gives a wryly droll performance.” —The Oregonian

Based on the true chronicles of David Sedaris’ experience as Crumpet the Elf in Macy’s Santaland display, this cult classic riffs on a few of Sedaris’ truly odd encounters with his fellow man during the height of the holiday crunch. NPR humorist and best-selling author of When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers.

Performance times:
Tuesday - Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
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Running time for The Santaland Diaries is approx. 75 minutes, with no intermission.  There is NO late seating possible for this production; please allow plenty of time for travel or parking.
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Reviews and Features

Anne Adams | Portland Monthly [Review 07 Dec 2011]

You’ve got to hand it to Portland Center Stage for pairing childish memoir A Christmas Story with David Sedaris’s jaded rant The Santaland Diaries. Where the former is extravagant and optimistic, the latter is sparse and sardonic, giving the PCS winter program a nice balance, like bitter black coffee with fluffy tiramisu.

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Richard Wattenberg | The Oregonian [Review 05 Dec 2011]

For those Portland theatergoers, who really don’t enjoy the cloying, saccharine or Hallmark cardlike inspirational Christmas entertainments that fill our theaters this time of year, there is once again an alternative sort of holiday fun to be had with Portland Center Stage’s delightful production of “The Santaland Diaries.”

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The Santaland Diaries’ Diaries with Jim Lichtscheidl Volume 5

29 December 2011 & Posted by cynthia fuhrman

In his final diary entry, Jim Lichtscheidl tells the stories we love hearing—what’s it like to be on stage, and what are the things that could, possibly, go a little wrong?

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The Santaland Diaries’ Diaries with Jim Lichtscheidl Volume 4

19 December 2011 & Posted by JessicaStuhr

From his flight to Portland to his final bow, our Crumpet the Elf will be keeping his own diaries just for you. In Volume 4 Jim braves the Invited Dress Rehearsal and learns the scary truth about Portland’s store Santas.

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The Santaland Diaries’ Diaries with Jim Lichtscheidl Volume 3

09 December 2011 & Posted by JessicaStuhr

From his flight to Portland to his final bow, our Crumpet the Elf will be keeping his own diaries just for you. In Volume 3, Jim defends his taste in button downs and gets tongue-tied in rehearsals!

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