Exciting things always seem to be in the works here at Bad Quarto Productions! As disappointed as we were to learn that we were unable to bring The SantaLand Diaries to Burlington for another year of grown up holiday fun, I'm very excited to say that Bad Quarto will be revisiting our original Christmas classic, The Second Shepherds' Play in New York City this year.
The Second Shepherds' Play has a special place in my heart for a lot of personal reasons, but one ofthe strongest is the number of self-professed cynics who have told me that the play made them believe in Christmas over the years. The play possesses a child-like simplicity that invites you to set aside your grown up feelings about the commercialization of the Christmas season, And then it reminds you what it's all supposed to be about.
I have written previously on the similarity in structure between Second Shepherds' Play and The SantaLand Diaries; despite the differences in the comic tone, that structure is what most of us need right around this time of year. As we all get caught up in travel plans, work plans, family plans, &c, the best of Christmas plays give us a chance to escape from the cacophony of the holidays, and take a moment to think about what it's all about.
I hope you'll join director Derek Peruo and his excellent cast of The Second Shepherds' Play for our December 12th opening!