Celebrate the holiday season in a new way this year! These two short interrelated comedies provide a fresh alternative to traditional holiday dramas. In “‘Tis the Season” (3 m, 2 w, 2 flexible), the Scheduler has called a meeting of representatives of major winter festivals and holidays because the “people upstairs” have decided December is too cluttered with similar events. The group, including Santa, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, and Solstice, discuss who could retire, merge, or relocate, but they cannot agree. When the Scheduler is called away, the discussion escalates into combat! Festivus seems to emerge the winner, but at his moment of triumph the Scheduler appears with the replacement holiday: Winterval. The others finally unite--to oust the newcomer! In “Frostymas” (3 m, 3 w), a host family including Pop, Sorbet, and their teens Neapolitan and Suzi, welcome guests to their Frostymas celebration. The Frostymas faith, of course, honors the timeless snowman, Frosty, and all things snowman-related. As the family explains the meaning of the various elements and traditions, they lead up to the most sacred observance of all -- the eating of the traditional snow cones!
Playwright Linda Berry Talks About
‘TIS THE SEASON
Q.: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A.: A local theatre was looking for plays for "a very dark playwriting festivus." I figured that meant "not a sweet Christmas play," and this was the result. It was one of six they chose to present.
Q.: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A.: Hmm. I like the inter-holiday snarkiness and bickering. Why? Because I'm not usually snarky, I guess, and this was a way of letting off steam.
Q.: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM?
ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
A.: No secret here. The characters are what I considered the most well known of the holidays, in the USA, at any rate. I tried to give each one a strong personality, point of view, and attitude.
Q.: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A.: I'd like people to realize that there are many points of view on the subject of the holidays--that "holiday party" isn't exactly the same as "Christmas party," that ... well, you see what I mean. And I think people need to be able to laugh at themselves.