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