Written by David Sedaris. Adapted by Joe Mantello.
Directed by Eric Schmiedl. Starring David Hansen as “Crumpet.”

December 06, 2017 - December 17, 2017

Outcalt Theatre at Playhouse Square, 1407 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland OH. For dates and showtimes, see below.

75 minutes.


Join CPT at Playhouse Square! The Santaland Diaries is best-selling author David Sedaris’ semi-autobiographical story of a jaded, 33-year-old out-of-work actor who takes a job as “Crumpet the Elf” at a Macy’s department store in 1989. As thousands of holiday customers gaily tromp through his display, Crumpet regales the audience with wicked observations about the realities of holiday cheer, all performed with an edgy and sardonic wit that has made The Santaland Diaries an enduring and off-beat holiday favorite.

**Recommended for mature audiences.**

The Creative Production Team Includes:

Elizabeth Cammett - Stage Manager
Aaron Benson - Scenic Designer
Wes Calkin - Lighting Designer
James Kosmatka - Sound Designer
Kerry McCarthy - Costume Designer


Eric Schmiedl is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a graduate of Kent State University and the University of Hawai’i. His plays have been produced by theatres including the Denver Center for Performing Arts, Cleveland Play House, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Public Theatre, the Lantern Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, the Oregon Children’s Theatre, New Stage Theatre, Karamu House, Signal Ensemble Theatre and Great Lakes Theater. As a director, Eric has worked with theatres including Cleveland Public Theatre, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Play House, the Honolulu Theatre for Youth and Ensemble Theatre. This season he directed the acclaimed Beck Center for the Arts production of Waiting for Godot. Eric is currently working on an original play with his wife, Nigerian storyteller Adaora Nzelibe Schmiedl, which explores the life-changing events of a nine-year-old boy in Cleveland and a nine-year-old girl in a remote village in West Africa during the summer of 1977 and has received generous support from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts as well as Playhouse Square’s Launch program. In 2018 Eric will collaborate with Great Lakes Theater on his theatrical adaptation of Huckleberry Finn. He will also continue his work with Steven Jones on Threads, a theatrical experience which embraces blues music and storytelling to celebrate the lives and experiences of Clevelanders, sponsored by the Cleveland Treatment Center. Eric is the recipient of a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, a Creative Workforce Fellowship, an Aurand Harris Fellowship and a Sloan Foundation Commission. His work has also received three Edgerton Foundation New American Play Awards. Eric is a proud faculty member of the Low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing program at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.

About Crumpet THE ELF: David Hansen

Favorite performances at Cleveland Public Theatre include White Rabbit, Red Rabbit and Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge. Acting work in Cleveland includes 8 (Cleveland Play House), The Velocity of Autumn (Beck Center for the Arts), Night Bloomers (Dobama Theatre) and a turn as Hercule Poirot in his own adaptation of The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Great Lakes Theater). New York City credits include appearances in his own plays Double Heart (The Courtship of Beatrice and Benedick), And Then You Die (How I Ran a Marathon in 26.2 Years) and I Hate This (a play without the baby) for which he received an award for Excellence in Solo Performance at the New York International Fringe Festival. He also once appeared on The Drew Carey Show. David is Education Outreach Associate for Great Lakes Theater and a member of the Cleveland Play House Playwrights’ Unit and the Dramatists Guild of America. He lives in Cleveland Heights, the City of Great Writers.


CPT is proud to present The Santaland Diaries in partnership with Playhouse Square.
Purchase tickets at or by calling the Playhouse Square Box Office at 216-241-6000.

Wed, Dec 6, 2017 8:00 PM
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 8:00 PM
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 8:00 PM
Sat, Dec 9, 2017 5:00 PM
Sat, Dec 9, 2017 8:30 PM
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 7:00 PM
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 8:00 PM
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 8:00 PM
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 8:00 PM
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 5:00 PM
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 8:30 PM
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 7:00 PM