Snarky Holidays at ASC

Do the holidays make you want to deck somebody instead of the halls?  Join the club.  Back when I produced Christmas Shows at the Byrd Theatre in Richmond ( the mid- 1980’s) I was lovingly called, Mary Christmas. I adored Christmas and wanted to help all of my friends a family decorate trees, I shopped until I dropped, stunningly wrapped gifts for everyone I knew and sang my heart out at Christmas Eve service. Now that I am old and bitter people are more likely to call me Scrooge. I am more apt to hide in my fairly undecorated home than be seen in public and wince at the waste of cut trees, wrapping paper and over commercialism.

That is why my new favorite holiday tradition is to go to Staunton to see two adult only, rather unorthodox Christmas Plays:

David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries – made famous by the annual broadcast  on This American Life, related by Sedaris himself


The Twelve Dates of Christmas, an original play by ASC actress, Ginna Hoben about a year of dating hell following a bad break-up (she saw her fiancé kissing another woman on national television during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade).

Both of these plays are so funny they will smack the  Holiday Ho Ho Humbug right out of you.

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See you at the theatre!

Mary “G- for -Grinch” Burruss

Soak in some Seasonal Snark
with our adults-only Holiday Shows
Take a break from the Hallmark side of the holidays with two shows
at the Blackfriars Playhouse that have a healthy dose of bitter with their sweet.
Allison Glenzer as Mary
in The 12 Dates of Christmas. 
Photo by Michael Bailey.
by Ginna Hoben
Mary spends a year being set up, hooked up, strung up, and fed up as she navigates her life “alone” as a New York actor in her thirties. It’s Sex and the City for real people, with no Mr. Big in sight. This year, Allison Glenzer performs Mary in the delicious seasonal show that reveals how much the holidays suck after your heart’s been crushed.
by David Sedaris, adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello
This year, Jake Mahler dons Crumpet’s striped tights for the first time in David Sedaris’s outrageously funny one-man play about taking a job as an elf at Macy’s in New York City. This delightfully tart tale takes a wry look as how the holiday season brings out the best – and the worst – in us all.

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