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Dec. 6 – 24, 2017 
Opening Night on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

By David Sedaris  

"I prefer being frank with children. I'm more likely to say, "You must be exhausted," or "I know a lot of people who would kill for that little waistline of yours."" 
 
Crumpet is just your average department store Christmas Elf. He’s your average, every day, chain-smoking, martini-swilling, foul-mouthed, Santa-denying department store Christmas Elf. What starts out as a mundane seasonal job to pay the bills becomes a darkly absurd quest through the grey and slush-filled streets of New York City at Christmastime. If the holidays make you feel more like Scrooge than Cratchit, more Grinch than Cindy Lou Who, more Abominable Snow Monster than Rudolph, then The Santaland Diaries is the perfect show for you!  

The Santaland Diaries is a hilarious antidote to all the saccharine the holiday season has to offer!” Miller-Stephany said. 

Start a new Christmas tradition with the irreverent, biting wit of this semi-autobiographical masterpiece made popular on National Public Radio by humorist David Sedaris (Me Talk Pretty One Day). 


PRODUCTION AT THE BLACK BOX THEATRE, The Rep Annex, 518 Main Street  
New this Season, The Rep will run concurrent productions throughout the Christmas holiday. With the productions running on different stages and at staggered curtain times, patrons are encouraged to see both productions back-to-back.  

  • SYNPOSIS: Out of work and recently relocated to New York City, our main character decides to take work as a Macy's elf during the holiday crunch. At first the job is simply humiliating, but once the thousands of visitors start pouring through Santa's workshop, he becomes battle-weary and bitter. Finding some consolation in the fact that a few of the other elves were television extras on One Life to Live, he grins and bears it, occasionally taking out his frustrations on the children and parents alike. The piece ends with yet another Santa being ushered into the workshop, but this one is different from the lecherous or drunken ones with whom he has had to work. This Santa actually seems to care about and love the children who come to see him, startling our hero into an uncharacteristic moment of goodwill, just before his temp job ends.
  • LANGUAGE: Contains adult language. Specific words include: “son of a bitch,” “retarded,” “asshole,” “goddamned,” “tits,” “faggot,” “bitch,” and “fucking.”
  • SMOKING/DRUGS: Topics include failing a drug test and drug paraphernalia.
  • DRINKING: None. 
  • SEX: None.
  • VIOLENCE: There is one reference to a mother slapping their child.
  • RATING: If it were a film, this production would be rated “PG-13.”

PAY WHAT YOU CAN NIGHT 
Wednesday, Dec. 6 | 7 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock

Sponsored by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette presents The Rep’s “Pay What You Can Night.”  Patrons can pay any amount they wish for their ticket. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Box Office at 601 Main Street the day of the performance. The Box Office will be open from 9 a.m. until curtain. There are at least 50 tickets available for purchase, and tickets are limited to (2) two per person. Offer is based on seating availability.

BEER NIGHT WITH LOST FORTY AND ARKANSAS TIMES
Thursday, Dec. 7| 6 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Sponsored by Arkansas Times and Lost Forty
Before the second preview of Opening Week, enjoy a complimentary beer tasting provided by Lost Forty Brewing.

OPENING NIGHT PARTY WITH THE CAST
Friday, Dec. 8 | Immediately following the performance
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Sponsored by RSVP Catering and La Marca Prosecco
Opening Night for THE SANTALAND DIARIES will include a post-show reception with the cast immediately following the show. Complimentary toast provided by La Marca Prosecco and light hors d'oeuvres by RSVP Catering will be provided. 

PAY YOUR AGE NIGHT
Sunday, Dec. 10 | 7 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Sponsored by Little Rock Soiree, Legacy Wine and Spirits, The Ride 106.7/The Point 94.1
If you’re age 22-40, you can pay your age at The Rep! Top off your weekend with great theatre at a great price. Plus, enjoy a complimentary wine tasting provided by Legacy Wine and Spirits. There are 50 tickets available for purchase, and tickets are limited to (4) four per household. Proof of age for each member of the party is required at time of pick-up. Tickets on sale now.

EPILOGUE: A CONVERSATION WITH “CRUMPET”
Wednesday, Dec. 13 | Immediately Following the performance
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Want to learn more about the show you’ve just seen? Stay after the performance for a discussion with the actor playing “Crumpet” and other members of the creative team. Epilogue talkbacks will take place in the theatre and are free with your show ticket.

SIGN INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE
Wednesday, Dec. 20 |  7 p.m.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Join us for our ASL performance where a Sign Interpreter will be positioned in front of a special section signing directly for those who need his services. Call the Box Office to book your tickets.

THE AFTER-PARTY
Saturday, Dec. 23| Immediately following the performance

Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock
Enjoy a drink or two after the evening performance and look for members of the cast to make an appearance in Foster’s. Ticket not required for the After-Party.

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