Stepping Out

'Santaland Diaries' enters second week at Foothill College


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Max Tachis plays David in “The Santaland Diaries.”

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has brought back “The Santaland Diaries,” which proved popular with audiences last year, for a three-week run set to end Dec. 23 at Foothill College.

Written by David Sedaris and adapted by Joe Mantello, “Santaland” is a comedy about an ill-equipped elf forced to confront child meltdowns, overbearing parents and complacent Santas.

The one-man show stars Max Tachis, reprising his role from last year’s production. The Bay Area native has performed with Palo Alto Players, Pear Theatre and Dragon Theatre Company.

Jeffrey Lo returns as director of “Diaries.” Also a playwright, Lo has received the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artist Award, the Emerging Artist Laureate by Arts Council Silicon Valley and Theatre Bay Area Director’s TITAN Award.

Sedaris’ international career as a memoirist took off when he recounted – in an essay he first read on NPR’s “Morning Edition” in 1992 – his short tenure at Macy’s as Crumpet the Elf.

Shows are slated 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Tickets are $45, with discounts for students and subscribers.

For tickets and more information, call 463-1960 or visit theatreworks.org.

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