Glacity Theatre Collective offers two holiday productionsWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Glacity Theatre Collective is offering patrons twice the holiday cheer with a double header from bestselling author David Sedaris. The evening will feature the return of Sedaris’ beloved Christmas classic “The Santaland Diaries” as well as the Glacity debut of “Season’s Greetings.” The festivities will open in the Valentine Theatre’s Studio A on Nov. 26.
The pair of holiday treats is being directed by Glacity veteran Cornel Gabara.
“The SantaLand Diaries” marks the return of Dave DeChristopher as everyone’s favorite department store Christmas elf, while “Season’s Greetings” showcases the talents of another local favorite, Pamela Tomassetti. Tomassetti previously appeared in the Glacity production of “Betrayal.”
“I learned a lot working on the production last year. People come in expecting Sedaris one-liners, but this time around I’m experimenting with ways to deepen the character,” said DeChristopher, who contributes locally themed crossword puzzles to Toledo Free Press. “I was apprehensive about playing the role again, because I wanted to try something new, but over the last few months I’ve really been getting excited.”
Both plays are based on pieces published in Sedaris’ book “Barrel Fever and Other Stories” in 1994. They also appeared in the author’s later collection “Holidays on Ice” in 1997.
“When I approached the material the first time I think I was afraid to be so negative in the beginning of the piece, because I wasn’t sure how the audience would take it,” DeChristopher said. “Now though, I just think that the whole night is just going to be a lot of fun. We just wanted to give the audience more for their money and both of these pieces really complement each other.”
“The Santaland Diaries” has been the company’s most successful show to date. Show dates are Nov. 26-28, Dec. 3-5 and Dec. 10-12. Tickets are $22. Student rush tickets for $5 may be purchased five minutes before curtain, if seats are available. “Pay what you can performances” are Nov. 27, and Dec. 5. Friday/Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m., while Sunday matinees start at 2 p.m. The Valentine Theatre’s Studio A is located at 401 Adams St. and features a cash bar.
Tickets can be purchased by calling (419) 242-2787 or through the Valentine’s online Box Office, additional Internet charges apply.