David Sedaris’ ‘Holidays on Ice’

This year, Door Shakespeare wanted to offer an alternative to typical holiday shows and thought sharing some David Sedaris holiday essays from his collection, Holidays on Ice, would accomplish that.

Door Shakespeare’s producing artistic director, Michael Stebbins, has been sharing Sedaris’ writings and producing his plays for eight years.

“It was a real eye-opener to see just how many people related to David Sedaris’ pessimistic approach to the holiday season,” Stebbins said.

Santa and special friend Michael Stebbins

Many people have attended past readings in what Stebbins refers to as “holiday attire.” Attendees pull on their knitted Santa, reindeer, Christmas tree, and silver-bell sweaters, with some even adorning their head with strap-on antlers or a Rudolph nose. Stebbins will read three selections from Holidays on Ice including “Front Row Center With Thaddeus Bristol.”

“I hope that audiences will be able to walk away from the evening knowing that they are not alone. My wish, Door Shakespeare’s wish, and I think Mr. Sedaris’ hope is that we’ll continue to find the humor in the holiday and in the everyday…” Stebbins said.

Holidays on Ice will be performed Dec. 8 at 7 pm and Dec. 9 at 2 pm, in Vail Hall at Björklunden. Parental discretion is advised, as there is adult content and language. The readings are free, but donations are welcome. For more information call 920.839.1500.

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