An Elf's-Eye View of Santaland
Todd Parmley lives in New York City, but each Christmas for the past four years he has starred in David Sedaris's The Santaland Diaries, a production of Tooth & Nail Theatre in Salt Lake City. The 70-minute performance is a wickedly funny behind-the-scenes view of the elves and Santas at Macy's. In this MHPC interview, Parmley talks about the show and how a friend of his who actually worked as a Macy's elf reported that Sedaris's sendup is not that far from the way it really is in Santaland.
I flew to Salt Lake this afternoon for a WESTAF meeting tomorrow and met Parmley by coincidence before tonight's show. The show has generally been sold out, but I was lucky enough to buy a ticket, and Parmley said he would be glad to come find me after the show for a podcast, which he did.