By Marc Acito & C.S. Whitcomb
HolidazedNovember 17, 2009 - December 20, 2009
Directed By Jon Kretzu
Running Time: Appoximately 2 hours with one intermission.
After many sold out shows in 2008, Holidazed returns to Artists Rep for the 2009 holiday season. This year, local writers Marc Acito & C.S. Whitcomb will be adding some fresh new sparks to the hilarious and heartwarming story. The do-it-all super mom and wife throws her Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas season on its ear when she takes in a feisty, pagan homeless teenager. Like the best spiked eggnog, a second helping of this unique and contemporary holiday play is a MUST!
*Member of Actor’s Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
+ Equity Membership Candidate
^ Member Artists Rep Resident Acting Company
Recommended for high school and adult audiences. Mature themes.
C.S. Whitcomb has been nominated for the Emmy, Cable Ace, Edgar Allan Poe, Humanitas, and Writers Guild of America Awards. In 2007 her play The Book of John was part of the JAW new play festival at Portland Center Stage. This year her play Santos was a semi-finalist at the Eugene O'Neill. Her new play The Wilde Boy is receiving its first public staged reading at Aritsts Rep in January as part of the Fertile Ground Festival of New Works. She teaches screenwriting and serves on the Oregon Film Board, the Advisory Board for Literary Arts and is president of Willamette Writers. She is taking a group on a Trans-Atlantic Writing Cruise in April 2010. For more on Cruise or classes email Cynthia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SM: What was the initial inspiration for the story?
MA: Years ago, a friend who's a mom in Lake Oswego complained to me how she resented being responsible for everyone else's magical Christmas. Since I'm keenly interested in the lives of women, I took note of the issue, particularly when another friend took in a tattooed, pierced art student and decided to simplify her holiday celebration. From there, the plot of Holidazed began to take shape. I wrote it first as a novel, but couldn't get the various elements to gel. So I turned to Cynthia to salvage it as a play.
SM: What are your thoughts on the collaborative process with Cynthia?
MA: Cynthia and I were already reading and critiquing each other's work, so collaborating was a natural step. This story wouldn't have seen the light of day without her. As a veteran of 29 movies of the week, she understands the mechanics of what it takes to get viewers back from commercial nine times, plus she's made it a mission to read a play a day for over a year now. So she knew exactly how to solve the problems that stopped my original story from working, whether it be changing a character or a plot point. Our agreement is that we only use something if we both like it. Luckily, we have the same taste, so we rarely argue. Mostly we try to impress each other with how clever we are.
SM: I love your characters. Are any of them based on friends or family members?
MA: All characters in fiction are like Frankenstein's monster – you create them out of spare body parts. Olivia, for instance, is very much a combination of Cynthia's daughter Molly when she was little, as well as my goddaughter Amy.
PRESENTING SEASON SPONSOR:
"Holidazed ....is that rarest of pleasures: a fresh creation as well formed and finely tuned as an old favorite. No doubt, a favorite is what it's destined to be." - The Oregonian, 2008. Read the full review here.
Of this year's production The Oregonian said, "While Holidazed has a contemporary setting, its themes are as timeless as Christmas itself, making it a welcome counterpart to the season’s more traditional fare." Read the full review here.
"Made me laugh two years in a row." - Audience member
"A humurous, touching, fast-paced story with fantastic acting and directing. Nice added touches to this year's show." - Audience member
"I liked the touching, heartlfelt sentimentality ... The entire cast was outstanding and a pleasure to watch."
“A humorous, touching, fast-paced story with fantastic acting and directing.” – Audience Member
“A true Christmas tale for today’s audiences. “– Audience Member
“(This year’s show) makes the funny things funnier and the poignant things sharper.” – Audience Member“Entertaining. Funny. Touching. Made my husband cry.” – Audience Member