Santa Claus is Coming Out
COMBINED ARTFORM PRESENTS THE OFF BROADWAY SMASH
IN A SPECIAL HOLIDAY LIMITED ENGAGEMENT!
SANTA CLAUS IS COMING OUT
Written and Performed by Jeffrey Solomon
6 SHOWS ONLY! DECEMBER 19 24
"A Delightful Surprise! ...a sensitive, imaginative tale that really is about a boy's realization that he is different. Mr. Solomon portrays an amazing range of characters, all of them beautifully." -NY Times
"Hilarious...Brilliant!" -Out Magazine
"Touching and Moving."-Huffington Post
November 4, 2013San FranciscoCombined Artform is thrilled to present solo performer JEFFREY SOLOMON in his Off-Broadway smash hit, SANTA CLAUS IS COMING OUT. SANTA CLAUS IS COMING OUT running December 19 24 at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco. In rep with The Santaland Diaries.
SANTA CLAUS IS COMING OUT explores the secret romantic life of the great holiday icon and the controversy that engulfs the world when the truth is revealed. When a little boy's gender atypical gift request to the North Pole is denied, a series of heart-felt letters from the child nudge Santa Claus out of the closet and into the culture wars. A theatrical documentarian inspired by Anna Deveare Smith and the Laramie Project, Mr. Solomon purports to have interviewed, and portrays, all of the key players in the scandal that has come to be known as "Santa-Gate".
Characters include little gay Gary, his confused mom and angry dad, Santa's fake-actress wife, his Agent, his one true love, Giovanni and Mary Ellen Banfield, a conservative activist who is fighting to institute a Santa NO FLY ZONE. The play was inspired by the debate on providing gay role models to children, and the so-called "parents' rights" movement to keep gay issues out of the classroom.
SANTA CLAUS IS COMING OUT ran Off Broadway on Theatre Row at the Kirk Theatre in 2009 and at the Diversionary in San Diego in 2010 in a performance that garnered a Scenie Award for Best Male Solo Performance from StateSceneLa. This production was originally produced in New York by Diverse City Theater, Penguin Rep and Shotgun Productions. Directed by Joe Brancato, Sound design by Jill Du Boff, original music by Andrew Ingkavet and Jason Webb, Projections designed by David Derr.
JEFFREY SOLOMON's other solo play Mother/SON has been seen at HERE Art Center (NY), Celebration Theatre (L.A.), and he received a Joseph Jefferson Nomination for Best Actor for the same performance in Chicago at the Bailiwick Rep. Internationally, Mother/SON has been seen on London's Off West End at the New End and Oval House Theatres, the Edinburgh Fringe, Homotopia in Liverpool, the Leeds International Jewish Performing Arts Festival, the 4th Floor (Mumbai, India) and Theatreworks in Melbourne, Australia. His performance won the Best Actor Award in Dublin's Absolut Gay Theatre Festival as well as the Awards for Audience Favorite, Best Playwriting and Best Male Solo Performer at the Columbus National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival. Santa Claus is Coming Out won the Best of the Fest at the same festival. The play had its premiere at the Bailiwick Pride Series in Chicago. As a writer, Solomon wrote the pilot for Jim Henson's CityKids, which received an Emmy nomination for Best Children's Special and an Ollie Award for Excellence in Children's Programming. He was staff writer for Carsey-Werner/ABC TV, Tri-Star/Fox, and Nickelodeon. Jeff is the co-Artistic Director of Houses on the Moon Theater Co. which premiered his DE NOVO at 59e59 Street Theaters in New York.
Director JOE BRANCATO is the Artistic Director and founder of Penguin Rep Theatre. He directed Karoline Leach's Tryst (Outer Critic's Nominee, Best Play) starring Maxwell Caulfield at the Promenade Theatre; Lee Blessing's Cobb (Drama Desk winner) produced by Kevin Spacey and Melting Pot at the Lucille Lortel Theatre and co- produced by Mr. Spacey and Garry Marshall in Los Angeles; George Walker's Escape From Happiness starring Marsha Mason; The Big Swing (starring Madeline Kahn, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Marisa Tomei) and Dr. Valentine's Waltz (starring John Turturro, Laura Linney, Gina Gershon, Jane Alexander) at Naked Angels.
MATTHEW QUINN (Producer/Combined Artform) has been involved in theatre production and venue management for well over 20 years in San Francisco and Los Angeles, where he owns and operates Theatre Asylum- Elephant Space. He created Combined Artform in 1998 to produce full and co-productions, explore multi-media, including live online internet programming and be an active member in the performance community. He also co-funded and built Off-Market Theatre in San Francisco. Stand out productions include Santaland Diaries, now in its 12th year at the Eureka Theatre (SF) , BLINK & You Might Miss Me, Jane Austen Unscripted (w/Impro Theatre), A Tuna Christmas, Pulp Shakespeare, How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse- US Version and Tilted Frame. He is on the advisory board and active supporter of the Hollywood Fringe Festival and on the NYU West Coast Gallatin Alumni Board. In 2010 he started the Asylum's Best of the Fringe and from it has co-produced extensions of Pulp Shakespeare, Pokemusical and now Sunny Afternoon.
More information about Combined Artform is available at www.combinedartform.com.
Santa Claus is Coming Out will open December 19 at 8pm and run December 20 at 8pm, December 21 at 9:30pm, December 22 at 5pm, December 23 at 6pm and December 24 at 3pm. Ticket prices are $25-$35 at the door. Performing at the Eureka Theatre located at 215 Jackson St in San Francisco. No Shows December 25. Tickets are $20 - $35. Available at www.combinedartform.com and 800-838-3006 .
In association with Eureka Theatre Company, venue information is available at www.theeurekatheatre.org .
Eureka Theatre (View)
215 Jackson Street
San Francisco, CA 94111