"The Santaland Diaries" Cast and Creative Team

Posted 23 November 2016

The Santaland Diaries
By David Sedaris
Adapted by Joe Mantello
Directed by Wendy Knox

The Cast:

Darius Pierce ................................... Crumpet

The Creative Team:

David Sedaris ................................... Creator
Joe Mantello ..................................... Adapter
Wendy Knox ..................................... Director
Jessica Ford ..................................... Scenic and Costume Designer
Don Crossley .................................... Lighting Designer
Sarah Pickett .................................... Sound Designer
Janine Vanderhoff .......................... Stage Manager
Kristen Mun ....................................... Production Assistant

The Actor and Stage Manager employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

CAST BIO

Darius Pierce

Crumpet
Darius is happy and grateful to be spending his ninth consecutive year celebrating the holidays with Portland Center Stage at The Armory, after four years of The Santaland Diaries, and two each of A Christmas Story and A Christmas Carol. Other productions at The Armory include Stupid F**king Bird, Cyrano, Beard of Avon (Drammy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor), Twelfth Night, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The 39 Steps, Frost/Nixon, How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, Misalliance and the JAW festival. Elsewhere, some favorite shows have been the world premiere of Stupid F**king Bird (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company); The Gaming Table and Comedy of Errors (Folger Theatre); Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Profile Theatre); As You Like It (Portland Shakespeare Project); My Fair Lady and Les Misérables (Broadway Rose Theatre Company); Peter and the Starcatcher (Portland Playhouse); 1776 (Lakewood Theatre Company); and The Long Christmas Ride Home (Theatre Vertigo). Darius is a company member at Third Rail Repertory Theatre and a co-founder of the Anonymous Theatre Company. He can occasionally be seen on screen, where his credits include The Librarians, Leverage, Portlandia, Grimm, Mock Trials, Thomas & the Trainmaster and Cell Count. Thank you all for spending a little bit of your holiday season with us! And thank you calendars for aligning so that Hanukkah can start on Christmas Eve this year. There will be an extraordinary number of candles lit that night!

CREATIVE TEAM BIOS

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 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 Knox is artistic director of Frank Theatre, marking its 28th season in Minneapolis, MN. Credits include critically acclaimed productions of Max Frisch’s The Arsonists; George Brant’s Grounded; Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information; Brecht-Weill’s The Threepenny Opera; Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret; Enda Walsh’s Misterman and The New Electric Ballroom; Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed; a company-generated adaptation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis; Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman (presented by Guthrie Theatre); Brecht’s Good Person of Setzuan, Mother Courage, Puntila and Matti, His Hired Man and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui; an original adaptation of Euripides’ texts, featuring a blues-based score by composer Marya Hart, titled The Women of Troy; Suzan-Lori Parks’ Venus, Fucking A and The America Play; Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock; and Ruth MacKenzie’s music/theater/dance spectacle, Kalevala. Knox also works as a freelance director and a teaching artist, and has been a guest director at many colleges and universities. She directed Berlin to Broadway for Skylark Opera, Lysistrata for the Guthrie Theater, The Sound of Music for Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and The Santaland Diaries twice for Syracuse Stage. Her work has been recognized by the McKnight Foundation with fellowships for outstanding work by a professional artist, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and an MRAC/McKnight Next Step grant to attend the LaMama International Directing Symposium in Spoleto, Italy. Knox was a Fulbright Fellow in Finland. She holds an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Washington.

Jessica Ford
Scenic and Costume Designer
Jessica is delighted to be returning to The Armory for The Santaland Diaries. Other regional theater credits include productions at The Long Wharf Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Baltimore Center Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory, The Folger, Barrington Stage, Hangar Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Alley Theatre in Houston. In New York, she has worked with Ars Nova, The Play Company, Second Stage, P73, Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre, Pearl Theatre and The Public, to name a few. Jessica received her M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama and was a recipient of the 2007 – 2009 NEA/TCG fellowship for designers. Recently, she won the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for These Paper Bullets at Yale Rep.

Don Crossley
Lighting Designer
Don is excited to re-create his design for The Santaland Diaries. Don has served as a lighting designer for JAW: A Playwrights Festival, and was Portland Center Stage at The Armory’s master electrician from 1996 to 2007. Previous lighting designs for the company include: The Santaland Diaries (2009 – 2015), The People’s Republic of Portland (2013, 2015), 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 (2002-2004) which earned Don one of his eight Drammy Awards for Lighting Design. Don has also designed lighting for Portland Opera, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Artists Repertory Theatre and CoHo Productions, among others.

Sarah Pickett
Sound Designer
Sarah has worked with theatrical companies all over the United States including: Yale Repertory Theatre, CT; Oregon Shakespeare Festival, OR; Victory Gardens Theater, IL; Drury Lane at Oakbrook, IL; Long Wharf Theatre, CT; Theatre for a New Audience, NYC; Playmakers Repertory Company, NC; Syracuse Stage, NY; Stonington Opera House, ME; Asolo Repertory Theatre, FL; Hangar Theatre, NY; and Women’s Theatre Project, NYC. Sarah holds a B.F.A. from Syracuse University, an M.A. from Cornell University and an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. She is a sound design and music composition instructor at Carnegie Mellon University.

Janine Vanderhoff
Stage Manager
Janine is glad to be back for her second season at The Armory. Previous credits at The Armory include: The Oregon Trail, Little Shop of Horrors, JAW 2016, Great Expectations, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Our Town. Other Portland credits include Portland Opera’s Sweeney Todd (followspot caller); the world premiere of DC Copeland's Play (stage manager/production manager); and How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes and The Other Place at Portland Playhouse (stage manager). Touring stage management credits include: The Graduate (starring Morgan Fairchild), CATS, The Vagina Monologues, Jekyll & Hyde and Show Boat. While in New York, Janine had the opportunity to work on The Lion King on Broadway, as well as with many Off-Broadway and regional companies. Production management credits include: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for “Democalypse 2012 Republican National Convention” (Tampa, FL); Straz Center (Tampa, FL); and The Fox Theatre (Atlanta, GA). Proud NYU graduate and AEA member.

Kristen Mun
Production Assistant
Kristen Mun is originally from Hawaii and graduated from Southern Oregon University with a B.F.A. in Stage Management. This is her fourth season at The Armory, where previous credits include: production assistant on Hold These Truths, A Streetcar Named Desire, Each and Every Thing, Forever, The Santaland Diaries, Three Days of Rain, Threesome, LIZZIE and Fiddler on the Roof. Outside of Portland, she has worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Repertory Theatre and Actors Theater of Louisville. In Portland, she has worked as a production assistant and stage manager with theater companies including Artists Repertory Theatre (And So It Goes … and Red Herring), Oregon Children’s Theatre (A Year with Frog and Toad, Charlotte’s Web, Ivy and Bean and Junie B. Jones) and Broadway Rose Theatre Company (Oklahoma!). Outside of stage managing, Kristen is a fight choreographer and stage combat teacher.


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