OPENS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
Previews December 4 & 5
Wed - Sat @ 7:30PM
Sun @ 2:00PM
This witty comedy follows a hard-boiled private eye, Nick Holiday, as he searches for the truth about Santa Claus. With some steamy leads from a vixen of an elf, Nick hilariously navigates the underbelly of Christmastown to help solve his case; but not before a cast of characters including a shady used Christmas tree salesman, Santa imposters, and a couple of bumbling elf henchman try to foil his leads.
$5 Student • $24 Under 30/Senior • $28 Regular
Theatre Credits: Capital Repertory Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Urbanite Theatre, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Manhattan Theatre Club, Know Theatre, American Stage, Cider Mill Playhouse and the National Academy for Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing, China. "The Arsonists"/DENIZEN Theatre (Director).
TV Credits: Martin Scorsese’s "Vinyl" (HBO), "The Perfect Murder"(Investigation Discovery), "Royal Pains" (USA), "Mysteries of Laura" (NBC) and "BBASK" (Amazon Prime).
Ben has produced original theatre pieces in Binghamton, New York City, Florida, and Colorado. Ben has taught Acting and Theatre classes at colleges in Florida and New York.
MFA: FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training; BA: Honors in Acting/Directing Theatre from Binghamton University
Proud member of Actors' Equity Association
Wayne Rawley’s play "Christmastown: A Holiday Noir" was a 2015 Gregory Award Nominee. His other plays include "Attack of the Killer Murder… Of Death!" (Seattle Public Theater, Theater Schmeater), "Beating Up Bachman" (BASH Theater), and a multi-media adaptation of Orwell’s 1984 (Empty Space Theater). His play "Live! From the Last Night of My Life" has been produced by Theater 22, and Theater Schmeater in Seattle, Sacred Fools in LA, The OU School of Drama, and was the recipient of the 2012 Theater Puget Sound Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play. His short plays "Controlling Interest" and "The Scary Question" are published by both Vintage Press and Playscripts Inc and have seen hundreds of performances around the world. He is the creator of Seattle’s late-night theater smash Money & Run, and wrote and directed 9 episodes of the TV parody series, produced in Seattle, LA and Berkeley. Wayne was the recipient of the 2010 Faith Broome Playwriting Residency at the University of Oklahoma. He is a teaching artist, working with young artists at ACT Theater, Seattle Public Theater and Cornish College of the Arts, his alma matter. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.
Giovanni Naarendorp is an NYC based actor, writer, and comedian. Graduating from Emerson College with a BFA in acting (2012), his previous credits include Memory Retrograde (Ars Nova/ Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater), The Ultimate (short film), The Guy (short film), Barely Adults (web series), and Life Sucks (TV series). In 2017, he was featured as a 2nd-rounder in the Austin Film Festival screenplay competition. He can be seen monthly at the People's Improv Theater performing live with his sketch comedy troupe Dinner for One.
Valerie Lynn Brett was most recently seen on stage as Goneril in King Lear (Harold Clurman Laboratory Theatre Company), and as Cal in Cal in Camo (DENIZEN Theatre). She performed her solo show Mr. Babcock as part of Uncivil Wars in the Hollywood Fringe Festival. TV credits include: American Horror Story (FX) and Zoo (CBS). Other regional theatres include: The NOLA Project, Southern Rep, and AtmosTheatre. Stella Adler Studio (AoA - L.A.) roles include Macbeth in Macbeth; Gloria/Nan in Gloria; and Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible.
Training: Stella Adler Studio (AoA - L.A.) - Professional Conservatory; BFA - Academy of Art University
VALERIE LYNN BRETT
Jake Mann started joking around at a very early age. He began his illustrious career of acting and sketch comedy in middle school, when his parents forced him to audition for the 7th grade play, Anne of Green Gables, at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, New York. He’s since graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Acting and moved back to Brooklyn, where he’s written, produced, directed and performed sketch comedy at UCB and The PIT, for the past 8 years, with his wonderfully talented friends, in their troupe, Dinner for One. Jake, also appears in plays and films without his friends, and has worked for companies like: Sudafed, Remax, Denny’s, Captain Morgan, an undisclosed IBS medication and has voiced characters in Red Dead Redemption II. Jake is currently shooting historical reenactments for a documentary feature film, where he portrays music club owner, Michael "Eppy" Epstein, in the 1970's. Jake is also an extremely good amateur tennis player, makes fantastic tuna salad, and is the best kisser he’s ever met. Additionally, he hates bragging, talking about himself, and wants to meet your mama.
Ally Condrath grew up overseas in Cairo, Egypt where she spent her weekends stealing her parents’ video camera and recreating SNL bits from the 90s. She received her BFA in Acting from Emerson College before moving to Brooklyn where she currently resides. Ally is a sketch comedian, actor and writer who has been featured on Funny or Die, Comedy Central Digital and will soon be seen on Disney+'s new Improv Everywhere series. She is the only lady co-founder of the sketch troupe and comedy production company, Dinner for One, which is currently the #1 selling sketch show at NYC's The PIT Theater and has headlined sketch festivals across the country in Chicago, New Orleans, LA and NY. Ally created and starred in the award-winning, independent television series, Life Sucks and and was recently a semi-finalist performer in MJ Halberstadt’s one woman show “Peggy’s Properties” at the LIC One Act Festival.
HARRY LIPSTEIN: Founder & Producing Artistic Director
BRITTANY PROIA: Co-Artistic Director/Managing Director/Props Designer
BEN WILLIAMSON: Co-Artistic Director/Director/Production Manager
WENDY LIPSTEIN: Artistic Associate/Gallery Curator
LIZ COREY: Production Stage Manager
NOEL CAREY: Scenic & Sound Designer
CHRIS ENGLISH: Costume Designer
RYAN FINZELBER: Lighting Designer
JONATHAN NICKENS: Master Electrician
GABE VEGA: Production Assistant/Intern