Special Events

December 4th - 21, 2019

starring Sam Massaro

by David Sedaris
Directed by Sean Harris


This outrageous holiday comedy stars Crumpet, who recounts his true-life tale of being an out-of-work writer doing a stint as a Macy’s department store elf. His encounters, as an Elf during the season of forced joy, are exactly the antidote for those in need of a escape from those holiday stresses and blues.  A delightfully absurd look at the commercial Christmas season, Sedaris’ sharp and hilarious observations have rapidly become one of the nation’s most popular holiday shows.

“A delightfully thorny account of working as a Yuletide elf at Macy's. Priceless observations, both outrageous and subtle. Destined to hold a place in the annals of American humor writing." --New York Times

“A satirical brazenness that holds up next to Twain and Nathanael West." --The New Yorker



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Performance Schedule

Opening Night: December 6- wine and cheese reception before the show.

Young Professionals Night Out at Santaland Diaries
Thursday, December 12th
$25, Reserve Seating, BYOB
6pm, pre-show reception
7:30pm performance, Post show gathering at Plan B Burger Bar

TOY DRIVE: Bring your new, unwrapped toys to Playhouse on Park between now and December 16th!   Stop in when the box office is open or bring it with you when you attend The Santaland Diaries! 

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Photo: Meredith Longo



Sam Massaro* (David): Playhouse on Park Debut! Bedlam Theatre: Claudius/others HAMLET, Cauchon/others SAINT JOAN, Ethan KIND MAN; Denizen Theatre: Robert ADAPTIVE RADIATION; Film: Antonin Scalia VICE. Chosen by ABC for the 2019 NY Showcase. UC Irvine MFA.


Sean Harris (Director) is the Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Playhouse on Park. Past Playhouse credits include: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, METAMORPHOSES, PASSING STRANGE, CABARET, HAIR – (Broadwayworld, CT Critics Circle award nomination), IN THE HEIGHTS – (Broadway world, CT Critics Circle award nomination), ANGELS IN AMERICA – (Broadwayworld nomination), PETER AND THE STARCATCHER. NYC directing credits include: TBG Theatre, Theater At Westbeth, Plaxall Gallery, Stages On The Sound, The Producers Club, 5th Letter Productions, The Spence School, where he is a member of the theatre faculty. Sean has also directed three productions at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival: ARABIAN NIGHTS, PANDORA’S BOX, and the World Premiere of KISSED THE GIRLS AND MADE THEM CRY, which has been recently published by Playscripts, Inc. Upcoming: Playhouse On Park UGLY LIES THE BONE; Edinburgh THE TERRIBLE LEGEND OF VICTORIA WOODHULL.

*Appears courtesy of Actors Equity, the professional union for actors and stage managers.

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