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Liminal presents e.e.cummings’ SANTA, announces Backdoor Theater residency


Dec 4 - 21 |  Thurs - Sun 7:30pm | Sun also 3pm | (no show 12.13)

@ The Backdoor Theater | 4319 SE Hawthorne 

$15-25 sliding scale   |  503 567 8309  | facebook event page


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“Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! There ain’t no Santa Claus!” - e.e.cummings


Liminal wants to save Christmas. From itself. Launching off of e.e.cummings’ texts Santa Claus, The Christmas Tree, and others, Liminal once again tackles the big issues: life, death, sex, and online shopping. Equal parts modern mystery play (casting Santa as Joe Everyman), anti-commercial anti-capitalist allegory (Death as the archetypal one-percenter robber baron), and good clean modernist holiday shenanigans (colors! line and form! conceptual constructs!), Santa paints an alternate universe in which Death and Santa are twins separated at birth and Santa’s home life turns out to be far more complicated than we thought. Metaphysical hijinks ensue when Death tricks Santa into endorsing products that don’t quite exist. Will Santa ever discover his true secret identity? Is it still poetry if it doesn’t rhyme? Do you really need to see A Christmas Carol  a fourth time? 


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This production, Liminal’s most intimate, features ensemble members Jeff Marchant as SANTA; Leo Daedalus (host of The Late Now) as DEATH; alto Carla Grant in a singing role as WOMAN; Alex Reagan as the CROWD; and introducing Delilah Fox (age 9 1/2) as CHILD. Sumi Wu (Imago) designs costume; Ben Purdy (defunkt, NWCT) ceates a dimensional video landscape as the set; and Rory Breshears (Rocky Horror Show) designs lighting.


Liminal co-founder and artistic co-director John Berendzen directs and composes the music.


Liminal has been awarded a Winter Residency at The Backdoor Theatre, the home of their longtime friends at defunkt theatre

Liminal presents
e.e.cummings SANTA

A modern mystery play in five parts

Thurs Dec 4 through Sun Dec 21
7:30pm Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun
also 3pm Sun
(no show Sat 12/13, no 7:30pm show 12/21)

@ The Backdoor Theater, 4319 SE Hawthorne
$15-25 sliding scale
503 567 8309
Advance tix: Brown Paper Tickets.

Jeff Marchant | Leo Daedalus | Carla Grant | Alex Reagan | introducing Delilah Scanlon 
Design: Sumi Wu | Ben Purdy | Rory Breshears
Directed by John Berendzen

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