We all love Christmas. And we all hate Christmas. For the side of us that bitterly embraces the latter, David Sedaris's The SantaLand Diaries essay is the ideal method for steeping in your own Scroogeness. Chronicling the true story of Sedaris's move to New York, where he becomes depressed and sadistic while working at Macy's SantaLand during the Christmas season, this tale of working-class cynicism has struck a chord with beleaguered holiday shoppers, who have insisted on hearing it year after year on NPR for the last two decades.
|Matt Zambrano as Crumpet, with Mayor Michael Hancock. |
Naturally, the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company wanted to bring this experience of merriment gone wrong to the stage, casting local favorite Matt Zambrano as not only Crumpet the elf (Sedaris), but in every role in the production. We caught up with Zambrano as he prepares for the role of Santa's angriest elf to discuss the Sedaris legacy, how the holidays have gotten worse since the SantaLand premiere, and why you don't have to hate Christmas to love this play.
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