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Le Moyne College Presents “The Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris

“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

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release)… The Department of Theater Arts at Le Moyne College will present “The Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris as a one-night-only fundraising event on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. at the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts.

He wears yellow velvet knickers, a forest green velvet smock, and a perky little hat decorated with spangles. This is his work uniform. Yes, it’s Crumpet the Elf from “The Santaland Diaries,” David Sedaris’ sardonic look at his employment as an elf at Macy’s during the holiday season. Out of work, our slacker decides to become a Macy’s elf during the seasonal crunch. At first the job is simply humiliating, but once the thousands of visitors start pouring through Santa’s workshop, he becomes battle weary and bitter. Taking consolation in the fact that some of the other elves were television extras on One Life to Live, he grins and bears it, occasionally taking out his frustrations on the children and parents alike.
This hilarious one-man show will be performed by theatre professor Matt Chiorini in his fifth performance of the role.

“Chiorini nails the bitchy-sophisticate plaint of Sedaris’ doppelganger, recalling the cash-strapped season that forced the author's temporary employ as Crumpet the Elf.” –The Tennessean

“All kidding aside, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better fit for the role of Crumpet the Elf in David Sedaris’ razor-sharp, one-man show.”-- Nashville City Paper

“It takes a superbly skilled actor to deliver all the highs and lows in the character’s psychosis, and no one can do it better than Matt Chiorini. His comedic talent is amazing, giving it his all through impeccable body language, facial expressions and top-notch timing. Chiorini establishes a strong connection with the audience, sometimes breaking from his dialogue to chide attendees who show up late, cough, sneeze or drop a bottle of water. Chiorini is a consummate performer, and he is a sheer delight to experience on stage.” –Nashville Parent

This one-night-only fundraiser will benefit the Le Moyne College theater department as it continues to expand its off-campus opportunities for students, including visits to New York City, Philadelphia and the American College Theatre Festival.

“As our department continues to grow,” says Karel Blakeley, director of the theater program, “we keep coming up with more exciting opportunities for our outstanding students. The extra funding from an event like this one will greatly contribute to the overall educational opportunities and performances we hope to be able to continue offering. We appreciate the support of our campus and the community and look forward to continuing to raise the bar for years to come.”

Ticket prices are $20 general admission. For additional information and ticket reservations, please call the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts at (315) 445-4523 or visit www.lemoyne.edu/vpa.


posted on: 11/11/2011