By Matt Pelfrey & Anthony Nielson
The Reason for the Season & The Night Before ChristmasNovember 26, 2013 - December 29, 2013
Directed By Rusty Tennant & Louanne Moldovan
an outrageous Christmas Eve with a churlish Santa, a kidnapped elf and a
handful of hapless souls in need of some holiday spirit. Amid the shrapnel of
yuletide yearning, broken dreams and poignant revelations, can the magic of the
season spark hope in their hearts? With these two riotous, irreverent short
plays that even Ebenezer Scrooge could appreciate, be prepared for a pair of
good old-fashioned, foul-mouthed, feel-good holiday anti-classics … and just a
wee dusting of that cherished Christmas feeling.
The Reason for the Season
The Night Before Christmas
The Reason for the Season
The Night Before Christmas
*Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
THIS SHOW RUNS APPROXIMATELY TWO HOURS WITH ONE INTERMISSION.
Mature themes – not recommended for children under 14.
FOOD DRIVE! Want a way off the Naughty List? Bring a non-perishable food item for our Food Drive! Want a sweet deal too? Bring 5 items and get $35 tickets. All food will go to the Oregon Food Bank.
BEHIND THE SCENES:
TRAILER! Check out the video trailer for XMAS UNPLUGGED here then share it with your friends!
Bios, headshots, Q&As and so much more! Click here to check out the production's playbill.
Join the cast and crew for post-show discussion after the 2pm matinees on December 1, 8, 11, 15, 22.
Happy Hours, Surprise nights and discussions oh my! Click here for a full schedule of activities sure to make your theatre experience even more rewarding.
The Night Before Christmas premiered at London's The Red Room Theatre Company in 1995. It made its U.S. premiere in Los Angeles with Furious Theatre Company in 2008. Theatre Alliance in Washington DC produced a successful reading as part of its 2011/12 Hothouse on H Street Reading Series before presenting a full production at H Street Playhouse in 2012.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHTS:
ABOUT THE DIRECTORS:
Rusty Tennant is Artistic Director of Fuse Theatre Ensemble and the Resident Props Designer for Artists Rep. Rusty also has an MFA in Directing and Performance from the University of New Orleans. Rusty’s perspective on directing has been shaped by fusing nearly three decades of professional work as an actor, dancer, combatant, choreographer, designer, writer and educator. He is a craftsman of the theatre who strives to achieve art. Selected regional credits include Ten Chimneys (Artists Rep, Asst. Director/ Props Designer); A Streetcar Named Desire (Artists Rep, Asst. Director/ understudy/ Fight Choreographer); Carousel (Connecticut Repertory Theatre); House of Plunder (Southern Repertory Theatre); Mother Courage (Nevada Conservatory Theatre). Recent Portland productions include Henry IV 1 (Post5 Theatre, Falstaff); A Midsummer Night's Somnambulism (Fuse Theatre, OPSFest, Bottom); Sonnetscape (Fuse Theatre, Portland Outdoor Shakespeare Festival, Director/ Performer); (...) (Fuse Theatre, Director); Karaoke Night (the musical), #smarter_than_phones and MySp_ace (Fuse Theatre, Performer/Writer/Director); Lear's Follies, King Lear (Portland Shakespeare Project, Set Design); Machinal (Pacific University, Director), Failure to Communicate, Romeo & Juliet and Plumfield, Iraq (Lewis & Clark College, Fight/Movement Choreographer). He has designed props for Artists Rep for the past three seasons, recent productions include Foxfinder, Mistakes Were Made, The Big Meal, The Gin Game, Red Herring, The Lost Boy, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol, Seven Guitars, And So It Goes … and the 2010 production of The Lieutenant of Inishmore for which he won a Drammy Award for Props Design. For current film and television credits search imdb.com.
Louanne Moldovan has worked for many years as an actress, writer, casting director and talent coach. She spent nearly two decades in Los Angeles, where, among other things, she led theatre workshops with psychiatric patients for The Imagination Workshop, worked at 20th Century Fox, and was a member of the prestigious Women’s Writing Project at the Los Angeles Theater Center. In Portland, Louanne has been Artistic Director of Cygnet Productions, an acclaimed ‘literary cabaret’ theatre company. She won the Oregon Book Award as co-author of a play about the Algonquin Round Table writers. For Artists Rep, she was the Assistant Director for And So It Goes... and The Lost Boy.
PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES:
PRESENTING SEASON SPONSORS:
Dylan Meconis for Portland Mercury writes, "Ask yourself: Could your niece tolerate a scenario in which Santa Claus both deserves and receives a punch to the crotch? Is your mom the type to take wicked delight in watching a hooker smash a cigarette into an elf's mouth? Is your date the kind of person who skips Midnight Mass for the strip club but still reverently cues up the Charlie Brown Christmas album? If the answer is "yes," great news: You can give A Christmas Carol the year off." Read the rest of the rave review here.
Here is what some of our audiences are saying so far:
Leela Ginelle of PQMonthly reviews the two shows saying: "... Fun for adults, full of great actors and brilliant moments, and featuring characters from your childhood being treated in ways you’ve never imagined, it’s a smart diversion for a winter night." Read on here .
Reviews of past productions:
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS:
“a wicked little comedy to warm the cockles of your heart.” -The Guardian
"Rib-tickling... a breath of fresh air in the annual avalanche of saccharine seasonal fare..." - Back Stage West
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