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David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries opens this week

December 6, 2010
Lehigh Acres Citizen

David Sedaris' snarky holiday comedy, The Santaland Diaries, is back onstage at Florida Rep for a special engagement, playing Dec. 9-23 in the New Studio Theatre, and features a special $12 student price for FGCU, Edison and other area college students.

The Santaland Diaries follows the outrageous a exploits of an unemployed writer who desperately takes a job as a Macy's Elf.

Starring Florida Rep Associate Director, Jason Parrish, and directed by Associate Artistic Director, Chris Clavelli, The Santaland Diaries is back this season for a limited engagement after a sold out run last year. In 2009, the Naples Daily news raved, calling Santaland "A good romp in the snow...a sleighload of snark and a sackful of laughs," and Florida Weekly called the production "Delightfully subversive...a welcome alternative to much of the mushy sap we're so often force fed at Christmastime," and the News-Press told readers to "Line up to see Santaland at Florida Rep!"

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Written by bestselling humorist and NPR and New Yorker contributor, David Sedaris, The Santaland Diaries is a hilariously funny and bitingly honest portrait of the Christmas season that Sedaris spent working as an Elf. Adapted for the stage by Tony winning actor and director, Joe Mantello, the play takes audiences on an Elfin journey from the interview process to the last crazed shopping days before Christmas.

The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris & Joe Mantello plays in Florida Rep's NEW Studio Theatre December 9 through 23, and general admission is $25, and Florida Rep is pleased to be offering a Special $12 student price for FGCU, Edison and other area colleges and universities. Tickets are available online and through the Florida Rep box office at 239-332-4488.

Seating in the Studio Theatre is limited, and tickets are going fast, so call or click today. The Santaland Diaries contains adult language and content, and is not appropriate for children.

Performances thru Dec. 19 are Tuesday - Saturday at 8:30 p.m.. Wednesday, Sunday and select Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. Performances after Dec. 20 begin at 8 p.m. The run features a special 7:30 p.m. Twilight Performance on Sunday, Dec. 12.

Florida Repertory Theatre performs in the Historic Arcade Theatre on Bay Street between Jackson and Hendry with convenient free parking in the Fort Myers River District, and the The Florida Rep Studio Theatre is just down the hall. Visit the Rep online at and on facebook at



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