Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Welcome home, Oy Vey and Great Caesar’s Ghost, Dude! It’s Christmas Eve in Pittsburgh at the Gorski’s, with Mom, Dad and their special needs son, Mickey, playing host to their other son, Andy and his New York girlfriend, Randi Stein. Good Catholics, Mom and Dad are a little put off to find out Andy’s fiancée is Jewish – until they discover she’s actually an atheist. Yikes! Dad hits the roof and shows no signs of coming down off his holier-than-thou perspective…until something in the guise of Christmas Spirit makes its way into this humble little home. And this magical apparition, part Guru, part Holy Ghost, sends Dad’s attitude to an out-of-this-world altitude of panic and outrage worthy of Archie Bunker.
If this all sounds like Sit-Com meets Sci-Fi, that’s accurate, but it doesn’t take into account the emotional wallop the story delivers through its life-affirming testament to the indestructibility of the human spirit, as well as the metaphysical lessons about why we’re all here in the first place. Laughs, surprises, uplifted emotions and food-for-thought – all that’s missing is milk and cookies, but those are for Santa and his reindeer anyway.
This story was the first play written by Tom Dudzick, who has mined his childhood of growing up Catholic in Buffalo, New York, for several of his scripts (Over the Tavern, Hail, Mary, Miracle on South Division Street). The character of Mickey is based on Dudzick’s real-life brother Mike, who had Down Syndrome. He also was the model for George in Over the Tavern.
“GREETINGS IS A WONDERFUL, WACKY LOOK AT HOW CLEVERLY A MIXTURE OF CHRISTMAS, HANUKKAH AND NEW AGE PHILOSOPHY CAN – IN THE RIGHT HANDS – FLICK ON THE ELECTRICITY” Los Angeles Times
“TOM DUDZICK’S COMEDY IS A HILARIOUS BOY-BRINGS-FIANCEE HOME CHRISTMAS STORY” New Yorker
“GREETINGS DESERVES A SHELF LIFE LONG AFTER CHRISTMAS!” Clive Barnes, New York Post
“A DELIGHTFULLY OLD-FASHIONED BLEND OF WARM FAMILY HUMOR AND JOYOUS ‘NEW AGE’ FANTASY THAT LEAVES AN AUDIENCE LIMP FROM LAUGHTER AND JUST THE HINT OF A TEAR IN THE CORNER OF THE EYE” Time Off
“THE KIND OF PLAY THAT COMES ALONG ALL TOO RARELY – DON’T MISS IT! HILARIOUS, TOUCHING AND ENDEARING…AND IF YOU’RE A WEEPER, BRING A HANKIE” The Times
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Casting of Carlsbad Playreaders productions usually is done at the discretion of the director. Occasionally the director will hold limited, by-invitation-only auditions. Rarely does Playreaders hold open auditions for any one particular production. Information regarding future auditions will be posted on this website and our Facebook page.
All Carlsbad Playreaders events are held in the Schulman Auditorium at the Carlsbad City Library: 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011
From Interstate 5, exit La Costa Avenue, going east for approximately 1 mile. Turn left on El Camino Real and travel north for approximately 1.5 miles. At the light after the light at Alga/Aviara, turn left onto Dove Lane and into the library parking lot. Schulman Auditorium is on the left at the entrance of the library.
There is no set charge for attendance at Carlsbad Playreaders performances.
$5 General Admission
No reservations necessary