Santaland Diaries at Portland Stage



I love David Sedaris. He’s about ¼ the reason I wanted to become a writer in the first place. There is something really fascinating about sculpting a writing career out of self-deprecating humor and hellishly witty observations. He’s often been called the “rockstar” of writing, and for good reason—if you’ve ever read his novel Naked, you know what I mean. Sedaris’s career didn’t take off until his early 30s when he first read his essay “Santaland Diaries” on NPR. The essay, written in 1992 and adapted for the stage four years later by Joe Mantello, is a reflection on Sedaris’s short stint as a Christmas elf at Macy’s. Portland Stage is currently showing a rendition of Santaland Diaries starring the clever Dustin Tucker. While I encourage all of fans and citizens to attend, I wouldn’t entertain the thought of bringing your children. Sedaris is anything but PG and his bitter sarcasm is more likely to make your kids lose faith in Santa, if not deplete their Holiday joy all together…so maybe you do want to bring your kids WINK WINK. Dispatch interviewed Tucker for our November print issue. Below you will find his Top Five Holiday Movies. The show will be in production from now until December 16th so make sure you guys check it out. Buy tickets here!


Dustin’s Top Five Holiday Movies

  1. Ryamond Briggs’ The Snowman
  2. 2.  A Christmas Story
  3. 3.  It’s a Wonderful Life
  4. H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine
  5. 5.  A Charlie Brown Christmas 

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