ACT­ING OUT Ac­tor Harold Leaver lets loose in ‘San­taland Diaries’

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It was never in­tended to be a fran­chise. When Hori­zon The­atre artis­tic di­rec­tor Lisa Adler rounded up ac­tor Harold Leaver for a read­ing and later a run of the comic “The San­taland Diaries,” nei­ther knew it would be a hol­i­day peren­nial. Yet the show—out writer David Sedaris’s ex­am­i­na­tion of a Christ­mas sea­son he spent as a depart­ment store elf, adapted by Joe Man­tello—opens next week for the 17th straight year. We caught up re­cently with out ac­tor Leaver, who stars as the Sedaris al­ter ego Crum­pet, as he, di­rec­tor Jeff Adler and co-stars Lala Cochran and Enoch King pre­pare for an­other sea­son.

Ge­or­gia Voice: Did you all have any idea this would run so long?

Leaver:

We thought it might run five or six years and then wear it­self out, but our au­di­ences con­tin­ued to grow. We had more shows last year than any year.

How do you com­pare the cur­rent ver­sions to that first year?

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