Glacity offers double dose of SedarisWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Fans of best-selling author David Sedaris have two very good reasons to rejoice this holiday season. The Glacity Theatre Collective (GTC) will present not one, but two Sedaris classics this year as part of its annual “A Twisted Holiday Delight” event. The production is set to open at Valentine Theatre’s Studio A on Dec. 2.
“A Twisted Holiday Delight” features Glacity veteran Dave DeChristopher as Crumpet the Elf in “The Santaland Diaries.” The event also showcases the return of Pamela Tomassetti as Jocelyn Dunbar in “Season’s Greetings.” Tomassetti and DeChristopher appeared at Carnegie Hall last spring with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Both shows are being directed by GTC Artistic Director Cornel Gabara, with sets by James S. Hill, lighting by Donald Robert Fox and costumes by Holly Monsos.
“I first came upon David Sedaris via NPR, and then read a lot of his plays and books — this started as a large chunk of one of his books before being adapted to the stage — and was especially intrigued because my first roommate in New York a wild girl worked in Santaland in 1981, and told hilarious stories,” DeChristopher said. “I loved the piece, but never felt that I had the chops to do a one-person show. Then it looked for a while that, because of the crazy schedules of Glacity core members, we’d be forced to do more one-person things to fill a season, so I suggested it.”
Before coming home to his native Toledo in 2004, DeChristopher, who contributes crossword puzzles to Toledo Free Press, worked for 24 years in New York as an actor, director, playwright and teaching artist. Since returning to Toledo, he’s directed at The Village Players, The Toledo Rep and the University of Toledo.
Tomassetti toured with National Players, was a member of the original cast of “Into the Woods” with Stephen Sondheim, and appeared in the debut of “Poet’s Garden,” a musical about the life of Vincent Van Gogh.
“This year, we’re in a good place because there’s more confidence about the piece(s), which provides a firmer platform from which to try some new things. I’m anxious to do it.”
Tickets are $22 plus a $2 facility fee. Additional show dates are Dec. 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m., while Sunday matinées kick off at 2 p.m.