The Tank and Theater of the Apes present
THE TRUTH ABOUT SANTA
A new play by Greg Kotis
Directed by Ilana Becker
Santa Claus is tired of the lies. Like the gods of old, he too has his mortal mistresses. This Christmas Eve he will bring Mary, his favorite earthly consort, and Luke and Freya, their illegitimate, semi-divine children, back to his North Pole compound to live with him – forever! Mrs. Claus, not surprisingly, resists. First, she withholds Santa’s beloved joy-weed. Then she tries to poison Mary and the children with some delicious candy-wine. And as the doomed singing elves Jo-Jo and Jim-Jim, and Mary’s drunkard husband George, are drawn into the marital mêlée, all Hell – quite literally – breaks loose.
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