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The Tank and Theater of the Apes present
THE TRUTH ABOUT SANTA
An Apocalyptic Holiday Tale by Greg Kotis
Directed by Ilana Becker
Music Direction by Steven Gross
Many people think they know the truth about Santa, but they are wrong. Ho ho ho, children! Santa has some shocking unadvertised powers, a couple of half-mortal offspring his wife hasnt found out about yet, and a lot on his mind. He’s tired of those damn singing elves. He’s tired of the lies. This is the Christmas Santa will reveal his true self. Prepare for the Ragnarök, urm, SANTA CLAUS' RETURN TO OFF-OFF-BROADWAY.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Greg Kotis (playwright) is the author of many plays and musicals including Urinetown (Book/Lyrics), The Sting (Lyrics), Lunchtime, Give the People What They Want, Michael von Siebenburg Melts Through the Floorboards, Yeast Nation (Book/Lyrics), Pig Farm, Eat the Taste, and Jobey and Katherine. Future projects include ZM, an original musical about teenaged fast-food workers trying to survive a zombie plague. Greg co-founded Theater of The Apes with his wife Ayun Halliday, and is a member of the Neo-Futurists, the Cardiff Giant Theater Company, ASCAP, and the Dramatists Guild. He grew up in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, where he celebrated Christmas with his secular Jewish family, and now lives in New York City where he waits each year for Santa’s return.
Ilana Becker (director) is a director and producer specializing in new play and musical development, community-driven projects, and arts education. She is a member of The WP Theater Producers Lab, The Civilians’ R&D Group, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, DirectorsLabChicago, Fresh Ground Pepper’s PlayGroup, a Playwrights Horizons Robert Moss Directing Fellow, and an Emerging Leader of NY Arts Fellow. Ilana is Artistic Director of Argument Sessions, a series of immersive events weaving SCOTUS transcripts with collaboratively developed original material. She returns to New York after a year at Company of Fools/Sun Valley Center for the Arts, where she directed Life Sucks, Bright Half Life, and Striking 12, and developed Pal by Tasha Gordon-Solmon and a commissioned TYA short musical by Maggie-Kate Coleman and Erato Kremmyda. www.ilanabecker.com