Philipstown’s World’s End Theatre’s 20th-Century Reading Series brings the collection of Christmas essays by “one of America’s most prickly and most delicious young comic talents” (Washington Post Book World) to 69 Main St. in Cold Spring on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 pm.

Offering a Christmas show like no other, Holidays On Ice writer David Sedaris’ irreverent satire is an adults-only look at the foibles, follies and frustrations of the holiday season. Sedaris, known for essays Me Talk Pretty One Day and Naked, is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and Public Radio International’s This American Life and has been described as “a writer comparable to Mark Twain or James Thurber” (Raleigh News and Observer).  AudioFile Magazine describes Sedaris’ essays as “written to be heard.”

Hudson Valley Shakespeare’s Maia Guest, from Twelfth Night, along with World’s End Theater’s Artistic Director John Christian Plummer and Way of the World’s Donald Kimmel interpret the humor of Sedaris’ collection of holiday-themed essays. Carl Howell, last summer’s ardent Romeo from Hudson Valley Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, along with Jessica Frey, of Way of the World, bring to life the Santaland Diaries, Sedaris’ chronicle of his time working as an elf at Macy’s. World’s End Theater Artistic Associate Rob Bissinger directs.

Admission is free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Early arrival is suggested as these events are often filled to capacity.

The World’s End series of monthly readings will continue on Jan. 19 with a reading of Charles Ludlam’s Ridiculous Theater Company’s Medea, directed by Alison Rooney.

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Rooney was the arts editor for The Current since its founding in 2010 through April 2024. A playwright, she has lived in Cold Spring since 1999. She is a graduate of Binghamton University, where she majored in history. Location: Cold Spring. Languages: English. Area of Expertise: Arts