The Santaland Diaries


Jason Wood, Maree Beers and Hilary Roach, three of the best voices in Florence, will lend their considerable talents to open what promises to be a memorable, if irreverent, evening, but be warned: This show doesn't paint a Norman Rockwell Christmas.


Nov. 23, 2016

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Nov. 23, 2016

Can you tell the holidays are nearly here? Christmas lights are going up. Decorations are in all the shops. Sales are being trumpeted in 144 point type. The Sunday newspaper is 2 inches thick. The mailbox is full of catalogues. The email inbox is stuffed with Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. But Crumpet still remembers when the holidays were a leisurely time of joy and goodwill. View a few of his reflections here.


Nov. 14, 2016

Christmas is fast approaching, and Crumpet has a special invitation for everyone who looks forward to the holidays with joy, leavened with a certain degree of dread. You are not alone.


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THE SANTALAND DIARIES is a brilliant evocation of what a slacker's Christmas must feel like. Out of work, our slacker decides to become 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 consolation in the fact that some 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 employment runs out.

"A delightfully thorny account of working as a Yuletide elf at Macy's. Priceless observations, both outrageous and subtle. Destined to hold a place in the annals of American humor writing." —NY Times.

"A sardonic, merrily subversive tale—just the antidote to bright-eyed joy before too many shopping days have passed. Worth more than a photo album full of Santas!" —NY Newsday.

"A satirical brazenness that holds up next to Twain and Nathanael West." —The New Yorker.

"THE SANTALAND DIARIES is quite possibly the thirty-one funniest pages of text published in the past quarter century…David Sedaris slays me." —Seattle Weekly.

"A caustic mix of J.D. Salinger and John Waters." —Publishers Weekly.

"A subversively cynical, misanthropic wit!" —Time Out NY.


Santaland Diaries began as an essay by David Sedaris. It is a humorous account of Sedaris' stint working as a Christmas elf in "Santaland" at Macy's department store.

Sedaris first read the essay on National Public Radio's Morning Edition on December 23, 1992. The piece was well-received, and provided Sedaris with his first major break. Sedaris later published the essay in the collections Barrel Fever (1994) and Holidays on Ice (1997). A much longer version of the piece first aired on December 20, 1996 on the Public Radio International program This American Life. In 1996, Joe Mantello adapted Sedaris' essay for the stage as a one-man, one-act play, which debuted as The Santaland Diaries at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York on November 7, 1996. Timothy Olyphant originated the role. Mantello's adaptation has since become a seasonal theatre staple

The Actor

MATT KORSO as Crumpet the Elf

Matt Korso has lived in Florence for 12 years now. In that time, he has enjoyed playing such roles as The Baker from Into The Woods, Leo/Maxine in Leading Ladies, Billy Bibbet in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and The Emcee in Cabaret, the latter being his favorite role to date. Most recently he played Billy Flynn in Chicago and the irrepressible Leaf Coneybear in two productions of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.