City Theatre Announces Holiday Classic THE SANTALAND DIARIES

City Theatre Announces Holiday Classic THE SANTALAND DIARIES

City Theatre has announced the details of its special holiday event: The Santaland Diaries written by humorist, author, and radio contributor David Sedaris, who adapted his infamous This American Life segment for the stage.

Starring Shua Potter, this fan-favorite comedy will be directed by Monteze Freeland and will run in the City Theatre Lester Hamburg Studio Theatre, November 29 - December 22, 2019.

City Theatre previously produced The Santaland Diaries twice before (but not since 2001) to sold-out audiences.

Tickets for The Santaland Diaries and single tickets for the entire 2019-2020 season go on sale July 29.

"The Santaland Diaries is a snarky tale of an employee lamenting their day job and most of us have been in that position," said Director Monteze Freeland. "Mix in a humiliating work uniform, holiday anxiety, and a sharp tongue and you have a recipe for a great comedy."

The evening will also include a special appearance by Mrs. Claus, also starring Mr. Potter, with the City Theatre Gordon Lounge filled with holiday cheer and libation.

In addition to the scheduled run, Wednesday night performances are available for corporate and business group events - a perfect setting for a company holiday party. Interested parties should contact Joel Ambrose, Director of Ticketing and Patron Services at or 412.431.2489 ext.286

Adapted from a segment on This American Life, award-winning comedic author David Sedaris recounts his days as an unemployed writer working as one of Santa's Elves at Macy's department store in a sardonic and outrageously funny take on the best and the worst of the holiday season. Join Shua Potter and the merry team at City Theatre for a Pittsburgh twist on this holiday classic. For mature elves only.

For tickets visit the City Theatre Box Office, 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh PA 15203, call 412-431-CITY (2489) or go to

Founded in 1975, City Theatre enters its 45th season as Pittsburgh's home for bold new plays. Located in the historic South Side on its four-building cultural campus, the company produces a season of regional and world premieres, including the upcoming PerkUp PerKup by Isaac Gomez and F*ck7thGrade by Jill Solbule and Liza Birkenmeier; its renowned Young Playwrights Festival, celebrating its 20th year; a season-long reading series of new works in progress; and the annual Momentum Festival.

City Theatre's mission is to provide an artistic home for the development and production of contemporary plays of substance and ideas that engage and challenge a diverse audience. With an annual average operating budget of $3 million, City is the largest performing arts organization not located in Pittsburgh's downtown Cultural District and is a constituent and core member of the League of Resident Theaters (LORT), Theatre Communications Group (TCG), and the National New Play Network (NNPN). Marc Masterson returned as Artistic Director in July 2018, after an 18 year absence, to join Managing Director James McNeel as co-leaders of the organization.

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