The Santaland Diaries

By Daivd Sedaris, Adapted by Joe Mantello, Directed by Steve Scott

November 29 - December 29, 2019

Goodman Theatre announces the return of The Santaland Diaries—a “funny, sardonic, wickedly funny look at the traditions and trappings of Christmas” (Broadway World) by David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Mantello, in the Owen Theatre. Directed by longtime Goodman Artistic Associate Steve Scott, The Santaland Diaries is has been performed across the nation over the past two decades and is perfect for those who prefer their eggnog spiked. The Goodman production features Steven Strafford, a “talented artist and brilliant storyteller” (Playbill) in a solo performance as the strapped-for-cash struggling actor who takes a job as “Crumpet,” an elf at Macy’s Santaland—and his hilarious observations are more naughty than nice.

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The Santaland Diaries

  • David Sedaris
    David Sedaris

    David Sedaris (Playwright) is the author of the books Theft by Finding, Let's Explore Diabetes with OwlsSquirrel Seeks ChipmunkWhen You Are Engulfed in FlamesDress Your Family in Corduroy and DenimMe Talk Pretty One DayHolidays on IceNaked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4. He lives in England.

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  • Steven Strafford
    Steven Strafford

    Steven Strafford (Crumpet) returns to the Goodman, where he was last seen in Wonderful Town.  Chicago credits include End Days (Windy City Playhouse); She Loves MeHoneymoon in Vegas (Marriott Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors (Drury Lane Theatre); and Shrew'd (First Folio Theatre).  New York credits include Songs for a More Funnier World, To Pain the Earth and The Mad Show (The York Theatre Company). International credits include a European tour of Grease!, an Asian tour of Cinderella (with Lea Salonga) and an American tour of Peter Pan (with Cathy Rigby). Regional credits include Snow Queen, A Christmas Carol, The Mystery of Irma Vep (Portland Stage Company); Spamalot, Hair, Shrek (Broadway Sacramento); As Bees in Honey Drown (The Cape Playhouse); Twelfth Night, Design For Living, Love's Labour's Lost (Bakerloo Theatre Project); Sense and Sensibilities (Denver Center for the Performing Arts). Strafford has appeared in NBC's Chicago Fire and Funny or Die’s Glitzy Babes.

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  • Steve Scott
    Steve Scott

    STEVE SCOTT (Director) was the Producer for over 30 years at Goodman Theatre, where he oversaw more than 200 productions; he is now a member of Goodman’s Artistic Collective. His Goodman directing credits include Ah, Wilderness!; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Horton Foote’s Blind DateRabbit HoleBinky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock and No One Will Be Immune for the David Mamet Festival; Dinner With Friends; Wit; the world premiere of Tom Mula’s Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (co-directed with Michael Maggio) and the 2011 and 2012 editions of A Christmas Carol. Other directing credits include productions at Northlight Theatre, Silk Road Rising, American Blues Theater, A Red Orchid Theatre, Redtwist Theatre (where he is a company member), Shattered Globe Theatre, Eclipse Theatre Company (where he is an ensemble member) and many others. He is a member of the Jeff Committee’s Artist and Technical Team, a board member of Season of Concern and an advisory board member at Congo Square Theatre; he also teaches on the faculty of the Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University. He was one of six resident directors for WBEZ’s series “Stories on Stage,” and has contributed articles to a variety of publications, including the Encyclopedia of Chicago. Scott is the recipient of six Jeff Award nominations, an After Dark Award, the Illinois Theatre Association’s Award of Honor, Eclipse Theatre Company’s Corona Award, the 2017 Special Jeff Award for career achievement and the League of Chicago Theatre’s Lifetime Achievement Award. As an actor, he most recently appeared in Next Theatre Company’s production of Are You Now or Have You Ever Been…? (Jeff Award for Outstanding Ensemble).

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