Nov 20 – Dec 23
Barter's Smith Theatre
By Catherine Bush
Trapped on Christmas Eve because her car slid off the icy Kentucky road, Eve Lawson, a cynic who refuses to believe in Santa Claus, finds herself in the home of Simon Peter Whitaker, a woodcarver and expert on Christmas, who is dressed as Santa. Believer and unbeliever find themselves clashing time and time again as old wounds struggle to be healed by the Love that is Christmas. Join us for an evening of humor, surprises and joy as written by one of Barter’s favorite authors.
In Repertory with The Santaland Diaries
This is the time of year when we look for flying reindeer, when we hook up twinkly lights against the darkening nights, when we focus our hearts towards the magical and the miraculous. But what do we mean when we talk about Christmas magic?
I was recently watching an interview with Derek DelGaudio, renowned magician, and, in it, he talks about what magic actually is to him. He shows a simple trick in which he puts a ball in his hand, closes it, lets you tap his hand, and then shows you that the ball has disappeared by opening his hand again. The way he sees it, the moment of magic is not the reveal of his empty hand, but rather, the moment just before he’s re-opened his hand—the moment you believe the ball has vanished.
I know what he means. I think we can all recognize that lift of our hearts when our belief has flapped its wings. “A thrill of hope” as the Christmas song says. It’s not just that something mysterious has happened outside of us; something has shifted inside us as well. We are a part of the mystery.
If magic- and indeed miracle, magic’s deep and truthful cousin- is so rooted in belief, what are we to do in a world as cynical as ours? What is it to believe in the face of real pain, real disappointment, real loss- in the face of day-in-and-day-out real life that feels so undecidedly un-magic?
That’s what Simon and Eve have to try to discover in this play. It’s what we all have to find out. We have to figure out how to open ourselves in the real world, in the painful, in the annoying, in the times we wish we could back away from other people who believe differently than we do, in the times when we think all is lost — in that millisecond before the magician’s hand opens, we have to seek to believe in each other and in things bigger than we are. Christmas comes to us at the very darkest moment of the year and whispers to us that something could be worth believing in, and against all our real world training and street smarts, we’ve got to lean into that. We’ve got to.
Katy Brown — Director, Wooden Snowflakes
Cast & Credits
Simon Whitaker: Andrew Hampton Livingston
Eve Lawson: Kim Morgan Dean
Voice–overs: Radio DJ and Jake: Rick McVey
Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager: Victoria L. Sutton
Set Designer:Derek Smith
Costume Designer:Amanda Aldridge
Lighting Designer: Camille Davis
Props Master:Helen Stratakes
Sound Designer: Tony Angelini
Stage Manager:Cindi Raebel