December 14th – 23rd, 2017
Live and unapologetically saucy in the Hardes at Phoenix Theatre
Originally an essay penned by David Sedaris in 1992, The Santaland Diares was adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello in 1996 and has been a spiky holiday staple ever since.
Santaland Diaries delivers with its tart and caustic perspective on Christmas madness. Perhaps best of all, it makes a neat showcase for one of the Valley’s favorite actors.
If you’re a discerning adult looking for a break from all the saccharine sweetness that comes with the holiday season, The Santaland Diaries is your theatrical stocking-stuffer.
After a struggling actor arrives in New York City, he can only find employment at Macy’s department store working as an elf in Santaland. As the elf Crumpet he recounts tales of obsessive American consumerism with all the enchanting cynicism and jaded horror of a retail veteran.
How will he survive the onslaught of drunken Santas, belligerent parents, and flirtatious coworkers? Join Crumpet as he gives audiences a peak into the bedlam of a holiday season department store in this sardonic comedy.
Starring Louis Farber
Louis is the Associate Artistic Director for Stray Cat Theatre. Performance credits include: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Southwest Shakespeare Company), A Vampire Tale (Scorpius Dance Theatre), Stupid Fucking Bird, Year of the Rooster, The Flick, Heddatron, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party, 12th Night of the Living Dead, The Play About The Naked Guy (Stray Cat Theatre), Big River (Mesa Encore Theatre), Equus (Nearly Naked Theatre), The Giver, Honus and Me (Childsplay), Mr. Marmalade (NewBrave Theatre), SHOTS: a love story (Progressive Theatre Workshop – New York Fringe Festival) Directing credits include: MilkMilkLemonade by Joshua Conkel, All New People by Zach Braff, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Dale Wasserman, The TomKat Project by Brandon Ogborn, Heathers: The Musical by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe, Anything You Hear and Only Half of What You See by Ron Hunting, Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice
Directed by Toby Yatso
Favorite stage acting credits include Alex in Buyer & Cellar, Bert in Mary Poppins, David in Bullets Over Broadway, Baritone in The All Night Strut, Princeton/Rod in Avenue Q, Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, Malcolm in The Full Monty, Leo in The Producers, Male 2 in Forbidden Broadway, Paul in Company, Cosme in Glorious, Corny Collins in Hairspray, Joe in The Spitfire Grill, Lancelot (et al.) in Spamalot, Harold in ‘S Wonderful, Jamie Wyeth in Nureyev’s Eyes, Clown 2 in The 39 Steps, Actor 2 in Baskerville, Tom in Hunter Gatherers, Ash in Evil Dead: The Musical, Orin (et al.) in Little Shop of Horrors, Mr. Mayor/Wickersham Brother in Seussical, and numerous performances for the Phoenix Symphony, including concerts of An Evening with Rodgers & Hammerstein, Oliver!, and The Music Man. Favorite stage directing credits include Company, Guys and Dolls, How To Succeed…, Smile, The 25th…Spelling Bee, Forbidden Broadway, Devil Boys From Beyond, Oedipus For Kids!, and Bat Boy: The Musical. A proud member of Actors’ Equity, Toby is Artist-in-Residence for Phoenix Theatre and he is on the musical theatre performance faculty of the ASU School of Music. Thanks to Daniel, Louis, and the Davisson Entertainment team. Love to Chad!