The Santaland Diaries (2009)

December 2 — January 1, 2010
In the Ellyn Bye Studio

By David Sedaris
Adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello
Directed by Wendy Knox
“Would you be interested in full-time or evening and weekend elf?” I said, “Full-time elf.” I have an appointment next Wednesday at noon.

Based on the outlandish, and true, chronicles of David Sedaris’ experience as Crumpet the Elf in Macy’s Santaland display, this hilarious cult classic features comic encounters during the height of the holiday crunch. NPR humorist and best-selling author of When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. PCS brings a holiday favorite back to Portland as a special Studio Theater presentation.

The Santaland Diaries runs for approximately 70 minutes with no intermission.

“Priceless observations, both outrageous and subtle. Destined to hold a place in the annals of American humor writing.” —The New York Times.

(Please note: The Santaland Diaries is not a subscription offering this season, and subscription tickets/flexpasses cannot be used for this production.)

All tickets in the Ellyn Bye Studio are general admission.

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Sample Santaland article

08 January 2010 & Posted by Michael Buchino

Elf up! Mauris neque elit, aliquam vel, dapibus sit amet, pharetra sed, nulla. Morbi diam turpis, volutpat ut, viverra id, rutrum eu, dolor. Duis sodales odio at dui. Maecenas in lorem viverra dolor vestibulum commodo. Proin leo lectus, rutrum tempor, viverra vel, posuere ut, justo. Donec mollis nisl fermentum risus. In accumsan accumsan urna. Ut ultricies bibendum odio. Curabitur vitae urna. Aliquam eget ante vel leo sodales consequat. Nulla facilisi. Vestibulum egestas massa et purus. Duis porta consectetuer sapien. Donec eu…


Guess who’s Donning the Pointy Hat and Elf Shoes?

16 September 2009 & Posted by Kinsley Suer

There’s been much speculation whirling about who we would tap to take on the role of Crumpet the Elf, the central figure in David Sedaris’ screamingly funny send-up of the joys (and horrors) of being a Macy’s holiday elf, The Santaland Diaries. We are delighted to inform you that Wade McCollum will be donning the pointy green hat and curly toed shoes throughout the month of December in our Studio!


w00t! – 9/10 of the 09–10 Season Images

14 August 2009 & Posted by Kinsley Suer

Hey, PCS lovers! I just finished the art direction of 9 of the 10 season images for the upcoming season’s plays. Fortunately, I was privy to a talent pool that exceeded expectations. Well done!


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