Running Time: Two hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission

December brings us The Night Before Christmas–a major holiday treat by the great American humorist S.J. Perelman and his wife, Laura Perelman! It’s the Runyonesque story of some crooks who buy a luggage store in 1930s Manhattan in order to tunnel into the bank vault next door… but that simple description doesn’t do justice to the manic plot, which also involves a heartthrob movie star, a magician, a hard-bitten dame with a thing for a mild-mannered drug store clerk, and a retiree who just can’t stay retired, and Santa only knows who else! The story was made into the Edward G. Robinson movie Larceny, Inc., and Woody Allen made a variation of it several years ago with Small Town Crooks, but join us December 1 for the nutty, breathlessly fast-talking original!

Part of the series: Endangered Species Project

Endangered Species Project is an organization of distinguished Seattle theatre artists dedicated to presenting plays that seldom get full productions. While it is an essential duty of theatres to read and develop new work, there’s a parallel need to bring older neglected plays back to the stage. Through our simply staged readings, we lend live voices to plays that are now silent on our bookshelves.  

Founded in February of 2011, Endangered Species Project has consistently mounted monthly readings. Expanding from our core group of eleven, dozens of Seattle’s best and bravest actors have been instrumental in bringing new life to these plays. We strive to do nothing that gets between the audience and the play. We want to give full scope to those two most powerful forces in the theatre: a playwright’s ideas and the audience’s imagination.

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