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The Santaland Diaries: 2012 Cast and Creative Team

Posted by KellyC | 07 November 2012 | Comments (0)

The Santaland Diaries

Cast
 
Darius Pierce*.....................................................................Crumpet the Elf
 
 
Creative Team
 
David Sedaris......................................................................Creator
 
Joe Mantello........................................................................Adaptor
 
Wendy Knox........................................................................Director
 
Jessica Ford.........................................................................Scenic and Costume Designer
 
Don Crossley........................................................................Lighting Designer
 
Sarah Pickett.......................................................................Sound Designer
  
Mark Tynan*.......................................................................Stage Manager
 
Karen Hill............................................................................Production Assistant
 
Rose Riordan........................................................................Casting
 
 
*Member of the Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
 
 
Cast Biography

Darius Pierce (Crumpet the Elf)
Darius is thrilled to be spending his sixth holiday season with PCS after last year's Santaland Diaries, two years with A Christmas Story, and two with A Christmas Carol. Other productions at PCS include Beard of Avon (Drammy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor), Twelfth Night, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Frost/Nixon, How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, Misalliance, and the JAW Festival. Elsewhere, some of his favorite shows have been Stupid F&*%ing Bird (Woolly Mammoth Theater); The Gaming Table and Comedy of Errors (Folger Theater); Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Profile Theatre); As You Like It (Portland Shakespeare Project); My Fair Lady and Les Miserables (Broadway Rose); Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Portland Playhouse); The Long Christmas Ride Home and A Devil Inside (Theatre Vertigo). Darius is a co-founder of the Anonymous Theatre Company, which produces the annual theatrical event Anonymous Theatre with Theatre Vertigo. He can also occasionally be seen on screen, where his credits include Leverage, Portlandia, Grimm, Mock Trials, Train Master II and Cell Count. Thanks to PCS and to you for being out with us - this is a particularly exciting year to do a Christmas show, because Hanukkah is over December 5th, so it's pretty much got the whole month to itself!
 
 

Creative Team Biographies


David Sedaris (Creator)
David Sedaris made his comic debut recounting his strange-but-true experiences of being a Macy's elf clad in green tights, reading his Santaland Diaries on National Public Radio's Morning Edition. Sedaris' sardonic humor and incisive social critique have since made him one of NPR's most popular and humorous commentators and a best-selling author in the United States and abroad. The great skill with which Sedaris slices through euphemisms and political correctness proves that he is a master of satire. Everywhere he goes David Sedaris delights his audience with his irreverent style and great humor. In addition to his commentaries on NPR, David Sedaris is the author of the best-sellers Barrel Fever and Naked. His collection of Christmas related stories is entitled Holiday on Ice. His book of essays Me Talk Pretty One Day was published in June 2000 and became an immediate best-seller. David and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name The Talent Family and written several plays which have been produced at La Mama and at Lincoln Center in New York City. These plays include Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Show, which received an Obie award, Incident at Cobbler’s Knob, and The Book of Liz. David is a regular contributor to Esquire magazine and his essays have also appeared in The New Yorker, Allure and Travel and Leisure. Sedaris' original radio pieces can often be heard on public radio's This American Life, distributed nationally by WBEZ in Chicago, as well as BBC radio in London. David Sedaris currently resides in Paris.
 
Joe Mantello (Adaptor)

Directing credits include Assassins (Tony Award); Wicked; Take Me Out (Tony Award); Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune; A Man of No Importance; Design for Living; Terrence McNally and Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking for the San Francisco Opera; The Vagina Monologues; Bash; Another American: Asking and Telling; Love! Valour! Compassion!; Proposals; The Mineola Twins; Corpus Christi; Mizlansky/Zilinsky or Schmucks; Blue Window; God’s Heart; The Santaland Diaries; Lillian; Snakebit; Three Hotels; Imagining Brad; and Fat Men in Skirts. Mr. Mantello also directed the film Love! Valour! Compassion! As an actor he appeared in Angels in America (Tony nomination) and The Baltimore Waltz. He is the recipient of the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie, and Joe A. Callaway awards. He is a member of Naked Angels and an associate artist at the Roundabout Theatre Company.
 
Wendy Knox (Director)

Wendy is the artistic director of Frank Theatre in Minneapolis, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Credits include an Ivey Awardwinning production of Enda Walsh’s Misterman, Jordan Harrison’s Maple and Vine, Ellen McLaughlin’s Ajax in Iraq, Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret, Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed, a company-developed adaptation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis, an Ivey Award-winning production of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman (presented by the Guthrie Theatre), Brecht’s Mother Courage, Suzan- Lori Parks’ Venus, The Women of Troy (her own adaptation of Euripides’ texts, featuring a blues-based score by composer Marya Hart), Carson Kreitzer’s The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock, Caryl Churchill’s Vinegar Tom and Naomi Wallace’s The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek. For the Guthrie Theatre, she directed the sold-out production of Lysistrata. Her regional credits include Syracuse Stage (Syracuse, NY), Berkshire Theatre Festival, Vermont Ensemble Theatre and Intiman Theatre. She has served as a guest director at many colleges and universities, most recently directing Brecht’s The Good Person of Setzuan for Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She has also worked as a teaching artist for the Perpich Center for Arts Education and in the Children’s Theatre Company’s Neighborhood Bridges program. She was affiliated for ten years with Kulture Klub Collaborative, an arts-based organization that connects homeless teens with artists as role models. Knox was a Fulbright Fellow in Finland and she holds an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Washington. Her work has been recognized by the McKnight Foundation with fellowships recognizing outstanding work by professional artists, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Jerome Foundation. She attended La Mama’s International Directing Symposium in Italy, thanks to a MRAC/McKnight Foundation “Next Step” grant.
Jessica Ford (Scenic and Costume Designer)

Jessica is delighted to be returning to PCS for The Santaland Diaries. Other regional theatre credits include productions at The Long Wharf Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Baltimore Center Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Two River Theatre, Syracuse Stage, People’s Light and Theatre Company, Yale Repertory Theater, Barrington Stage, Hangar Theatre, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, andthe Alley Theatre in Houston.  In New York she has worked with The Play Company, Second Stage, P73, Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre, Pearl Theatre and the Summer Play Festival, to name a few. Jessica received her M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama and is a recipient of the 2007-09 NEA/TCG fellowship for designers.  She is currently the Visiting Artist at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA.
 
Don Crossley (Lighting Designer )
 
Don is excited to recreate his design for The Santaland Diaries. Don serves as the Lighting Designer for JAW: A Playwrights Festival and was PCS’s Master Electrician from 1996-2007. Previous PCS lighting designs include The People’s Republic of Portland, The Receptionist, Act a Lady, The Thugs, Fully Committed, Another Fine Mess, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Santaland Diaries/A Christmas Memory which earned Don one of his 7 Drammy Awards for Lighting Design. Don has also designed lighting for Portland Opera Association, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Artists Repertory Theatre, CoHo Productions, Broadway Rose Theatre Company and Third Rail Repertory Theatre where he is the Production Manager and Company Member.
 
Sarah Pickett (Sound Designer)
 
Sarah has worked with theatrical companies all over the United States including Yale Repertory Theater, CT, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, OR, Victory Gardens Theater, IL, Drury Lane at Oakbrook, IL, Long Wharf Theater, CT, Portland Center Stage, OR, Theater for a New Audience, NYC, Playmakers Repertory Company, NC, Syracuse Stage, NY, Stonington Opera House, ME, Asolo Repertory Theater, FL, Hangar Theater, NY and Women’s Theater Project, NYC. Sarah holds a B.F.A. from Syracuse University, a M.A. from Cornell University and a M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. She teaches sound design and music composition at Carnegie Mellon University.
 
Mark Tynan (Stage Manager)
Imagine being in a room full of artists, watching the birth of an idea, a movement given purpose, a sentence, phrase, scene, act given life. Then imagine that room translating to the stage with lighting, sound, costumes, scenery and props, then you can imagine what Mark’s job is like. Special thanks to the phenomenal PCS production assistants, Karen Hill and Stephen Gardner, who help keep the vision attainable. Prior to PCS, Mark toured nationally and internationally with musicals including Dreamgirls, The King and I with Rudolf Nureyev, How to Succeed…, Grand Hotel, The Phantom of the Opera and Rent. Other Portland credits include several summers with The Broadway Rose Theatre Company in Tigard. Regional credits include The Alley Theatre (Houston, TX), La Jolla Playhouse (La Jolla, CA) and Casa Mañana Theatre (Fort Worth, TX). 
 

Karen Hill (Production Assistant)

 

Karen is excited to be back at PCS, most recently coming from The Fiddler on the Roof. Last year she worked on Santaland Diaries and I Love to Eat at PCS. She has recently worked at Oregon Children’s Theatre, Third Rail Repertory Theatre and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She has a B.F.A. in Stage Management from Southern Oregon University and is thankful every day that she gets to do what she loves. Much love to her parents and her husband, Mike, for their never-ending support and enthusiasm.

 
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