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Ralphie Parker wants a Red Ryder BB air rifle for Christmas.
WHAT: A Christmas Story. The modern classic story of Ralphie Parker and his family’s most memorable Christmas.
WHO: Written by Philip Grecian. Based on the screenplay by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and also on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.
Back in the 1960s, humorist, writer, raconteur and TV and radio personality Jean Shepherd (1921-1999) was the undisputed king of late night radio on the East Coast. His live broadcasts from the Limelight Café in Greenwich Village late on Saturday nights on WOR-AM became appointment listening for millions of fans. (This was a decade before Garrison Keillor and Saturday Night Live made their way onto the airwaves. This was when people still listened to AM radio.)
Shepherd told stories. Many of them were suggested by incidents in his own life growing up in Hammond, Indiana. Although his radio shows were unscripted, he eventually began to put his stories into print, adopting a fictional surrogate for himself, Ralphie Parker. They were collected in books, including In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories, and Other Disasters The Ferrari in the Bedroom and A Fistful of Fig Newtons.
In 1983, the movie A Christmas Story was released, based on his first volume. Shepherd wrote the screenplay with Leigh Brown and director Bob Clark, who was best known for the Porky’s trilogy. The film has become something of a classic in its genre.
Sierra Madre Playhouse is presenting the stage adaptation of A Christmas Story as its holiday attraction this year. The Parker family gets its Christmas tree. Ralphie’s dad, The Old Man, wins a very special prize in a contest. Ralphie is pursued by a girl in his class. Ralphie is pursued by the class bully. And, most famously, Ralphie sets off on a campaign to acquire his most-desired Christmas present, a Red Ryder BB air rifle, only to be warned repeatedly, “You’ll put your eye out, kid.”
Philip Grecian has written the stage adaptation. His credits also include adaptations of A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life and In His Steps. His original works include The Dragon of Nitt, The Lion and the Lyre, Little Pills and Toby Saves the Farm.
Christian Lebano directs A Christmas Story. He is the Artistic Director of Sierra Madre Playhouse. He is familiar to Playhouse audiences for his admired stage turns as an actor in shows including Bee-luther-hatchee, To Kill A Mockingbird, Our Town and God’s Man in Texas. His multiple directing credits include Deathtrap (Ovation Award), Woman in Mind (L.A. Times Critics Choice), The Glass Menagerie, 4000 Miles, Battledrum, A Wrinkle in Time.
The company of actors for A Christmas Story includes Danon Dastugue, Julianna Guzman Ferreira, Patrick Gehringer, Marshall Gluck, Jude Gomez, Xochitl Gomez-Dienes, Myles Hutchinson, Jackson Kendall, Daisy Koprowski, Gideon Cooney Lebano, Jocelyn Moore, Julian Moser, Henderson Nguyen, Karyn O’Bryant, Celeste Reynaud, Griffin Sanford, Andrea Stradling, Richard Van Slyke and Kevin Ying.
Special lobby exhibits suggested by A Christmas Story will be curated by Diane Siegel.
In the spirit of the season, Sierra Madre Playhouse will present several special public events in connection with the production of A Christmas Story. These events will be the subject of a separate release.
Come see something different for the holidays this year. Come share the warmth, joy and laughter of Ralphie Parker’s family’s most memorable Christmas as Sierra Madre Playhouse presents A Christmas Story.
Presenter / Producer: Sierra Madre Playhouse
Theater > Theatrical Comedy
Event Phone: 626-355-4318
Sierra Madre Playhouse
87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.
Sierra Madre CA 91024
Pasadena / San Gabriel Valley
Performance Dates: 11/17/2017 - 12/31/2017
Evenings at 8:00. Sundays at 2:30. Saturday matinees at 2:30 on Dec. 9, 16, 23 and 30 (in addition to 8:00 p.m. evening performances.)
$36 general $33 seniors (65+) $25 youth (to age 21).
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