THE SANTALAND DIARIES Returns to ZACH for Farewell Performances, 11/23-12/23

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ZACH Theatre – Austin's Theatre and Texas' longest running theatre, presents THE SANTALAND DIARIES, written by David Sedaris and adapted for stage by Joe Mantello. ZACH's production will be directed by Dave Steakley and star Martin Burke, Amy Downing (for evening performances) and Jill Blackwood (on matinees).

With musical direction and arrangements by Jason Connor, the production will feature original set design by Heyd Fontenot, lighting design by Jason Amato, sound design by Craig Brock, properties design by Blake Reeves and costume design by Blair Hurry.

Austin's favorite irreverent elf returns in the 15th - and final - edition of Sedaris' hysterical tale of elfin woe. Enjoy the real-life story of Sedaris' tour of duty at Macy's as Crumpet the elf, and what it takes to juggle tots and tottering Santas during a painfully festive time of the year. A laugh 'til you cry evening of merrily subversive entertainment to delight adult audiences! (Note: mature themes.)

THE SANTALAND DIARIES previews November 23, with opening night on Saturday, November 24 (Press night). Performances continue through December 23, Wednesday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

To order tickets call 512-476-0541 ext. 1 or visit www.zachtheatre.org. Tickets range from $35-$65. Student Rush Tickets: $18 one hour before showtime (with valid ID). ZACH's bar opens one hour before showtime.

ZACH's intimate Whisenhunt Stage is located at 1510 Toomey Road. (Toomey intersects S. Lamar Blvd. between W. Cesar Chavez and Barton Springs Rd.)

ZACH Theatre is Austin's leading professional producing theatre, employing more than 600 actors, musicians, and designers annually. Founded in 1932, ZACH is the longest running theatre company in Texas, serving 95,000 adults and youth annually. ZACH creates its own nationally recognized plays and musicals that ignite the imagination, lift the spirit, and engage the community under the proven leadership of Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley and Managing Director Elisbeth Challener. Launching its 80th season in 2012, ZACH continues to expand and engage with Austin, adding the new 420-seat, 32,000-square-foot Topfer Theatre to its performing arts campus, nearly doubling ZACH's capacity while retaining its hallmark intimate theatre-going experience. Visit www.zachtheatre.org for more information.

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