November 30, 2019

Last chance to see THE SANTALAND DIARIES!!

Due to an incredibly fast sell-out and overwhelming demand for tickets, the Castle Craig Players have added a performance of “The Santaland Diaries” on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 at 7pm! All other performances are sold out! Tickets to the added show are on sale now, and can be purchased HERE.

The Castle Craig Players’ production of “The Santaland Diaries” returns this holiday season, after extended sold-out runs in 2015, 2016 and 2017.  Based on David Sedaris’ personal recollections of his days in candy cane tights and curly toed shoes, this hilarious one-man show follows a struggling young actor who takes a job as a Christmas elf at Macy’s in New York City, and offers a sarcastic, witty, irreverent accounting of elf training, bad Santa’s, abusive customers, and humiliating conditions. Packed with witty, dry insights into crass commercialism, “Santaland” is a terrific way to get your mind off the mall and your holiday hilarity in high gear!

Actor Ian Galligan reprises his role as Crumpet, the merry misanthrope recounting the tale of his stint at Macy’s.

“I remember when I first discovered this play, and thinking how ingenious it was,” Galligan said, “I loved its tone — the wit and the sarcasm. I identified with it, recognizing it as the same as my own warped, twisted sense of humor.”

Now in his fourth year with the show, Galligan has grown to love this disgruntled little character in striped tights. “The longer I do this show, the more connected I become with this guy,” he said. “It has become a completely different show than it was three years ago.”

The Santaland Diaries” is adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello, and this production is directed by Castle Craig co-founder Melanie Del Sole.

“Run to see this hilarious show… Ian Galligan has the comic instincts and timing reminiscent of a young Jerry Lewis!” –WATR

“Ian Galligan’s spot-on enthusiastic delivery and amazing voice impressions enhance the humor and high energy level of his encounters as a Macy’s elf.” –BroadwayWorld

“The perfect antidote to other sugar-coated holiday productions!” -The New York Times

ADDED PERFORMANCE: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 at 7PM – tickets on sale now HERE
All other performances (December 12-14) are SOLD OUT! 

Performances held at The Almira F. Stephan Memorial Playhouse, 59 West Main Street, Meriden, CT. Presented Cabaret Style with table seating, patrons are invited to bring their own dinner, drinks and snacks to enjoy!

Tickets are $20 for Adults and $18 for Seniors (65+). Seating is extremely limited – so patrons are encouraged to buy in advance!

Tickets may be purchased online at or over the phone by calling toll-free 1-800-838-3006.

The Santaland Diaries” is sponsored by Thompson Chocolates.

Due to adult language and references, this production is suggested for “mature elves” only.

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