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Off-Center Presents Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company's

The SantaLand Diaries

By David Sedaris
Adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello
Nov 28 - Dec 27, 2014
Run Time: 90 minutes with no intermission; Bar opens 30 minutes before showtime
Performances selling out. 3 performances added Dec 26 - 27
Ticket Price: Starts at $25. Prices vary by date & availability.
Age Recommendation: For mature audiences due to language and subject matter
Advisory: Strobe lighting effects are used approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes into the show

Crumpet the Elf returns for more hilarious holiday hijinks in this acclaimed one-man show from Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, presented by Off-Center. Looking for a little more snark in your stocking this year? David Sedaris' off-beat tales from his stint as a Macy's elf in New York City is the sure cure for the common Christmas show.

Matt Zambrano in The SantaLand Diaries Photo by Michael Ensminger

Off-Center @ The JonesLearn more about Off-Center, on the edge of the DCPA

Crumpet may be one cynical elf, but Colorado's own Matt Zambrano proved to be a joyful sprite when he joined John Moore for a fun-filled hour at this month's Page to Stage at the Tattered Cover. Read More
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Accessible Performance
Dec 21 | 3:00pm
Free with admission 
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David Sedaris
David Sedaris, Playwright
David Sedaris is a playwright and a regular commentator for National Public Radio. He is also the author of the bestselling Barrel Fever, Naked, Holidays on Ice, Dress Your Family in Corduroy, Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Me Talk Pretty One Day. He travels extensively though Europe and the United States on lecture tours and lives in France.
Matt Zambrano
Matt Zambrano, Touchstone
At the DCPA: The SantaLand Diaries (also with Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company), The Liar, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, A Christmas Carol. Other Theatres: Peter and the Starcatcher, Scapin, Loves Labours Lost, Richard II, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Utah Shakespeare Festival); The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Curious Theater); tRUNks-A Live Comic Book!, Love and Potatoes (Buntport Theater). New York Credits: Broken Box Mime Theater, The Story Pirates, Accomplice: The Show! TV/Film: “The People Vs. George Lucas.” Special Awards/Training: MFA, National Theatre Conservatory; BFA, University of Colorado. National Poetry Slam Semi-Finalist

Matt Zambrano quote


Touchstone in As You Like It

  • Hometown: Denver
  • High School: Wheat Ridge
  • College: Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Training: Masters of Fine Arts from the DCPA's National Theatre Conservatory
  • What was the role that changed your life? When I was a senior in college, I had the opportunity to play Jem in To Kill a Mockingbird. It had always been one of my favorite books, and the director (Todd Coulter) was somehow able to find the right cast and make it not a play, but a community experience. I think that year there were maybe two African-American actors in the theater program, and so he had to go out and actively recruit students to be in the show. In a strange and tangible way, it made the story we were telling even more important. I knew from that point on that I wanted to act for the rest of my life.
  • Why are you an actor? I don’t know what else I would do. In other jobs I feel out of place; like an owl in a spacesuit. I feel am most myself when I am on-stage, whether it’s doing improv comedy, dramatic plays, mime, spoken-word or slam poetry...I’m most comfortable when I’m performing.
  • What would you be doing for a career if you weren’t an actor? I’ve always known that if I weren’t an actor, I’d be a teacher. I currently work as a teaching artist in New York with several groups including Disney Theatrical and The Story Pirates, and that work is truly meaningful and fulfilling. I think teaching is one of the most noble professions, and I wouldn’t be surprised if someday I ended up in a classroom.
  • Mark RuffaloIdeal scene partner: I would want to do True West with Mark Ruffalo, and we’d flip a coin every night to see who plays which character. No explanation necessary.
  • Why does As You Like It matter? It is a beautiful play, and one of Shakespeare's best when it comes to word play. In Rosalind, he's created a heroine who is both the smartest person in the world, and the most endearing. To me, it's a play about finding oneself amid the noise and confusion of our everyday lives. All of the characters leave their lives in the court (some volunteer, some are volun-told!). But without exception, they all find their true selves somewhere in the forest of Arden.
  • What do you hope the audience gets out of As You Like It? I think the audience will have a similar experience as the characters: Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the 9-to-5, away from cell-phones and Facebook; they can sit back and lose themselves in one of the most beautiful stories ever tCarl Saganold.
  • Finish this sentence: "All I want is ... " to lead a good life, without regret, in the company of those I love, respect and admire. Oh, and for Carl Sagan to come back and take me to dinner at Casa Bonita. ... And a lightsaber.

Slam poet Matt Zambrano performs "Cool" at the Mercury Cafe, above.

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