"The Santaland Diaries" by David Sedaris

Presented By Cape May Stage & Cape Resorts

Humorist David Sedaris wrote about the downside of holiday joy in a collection of fanciful stories based on his experiences called the Santaland Diaries. Once again, here’s Sedaris reading from his essay as a somewhat-flawed Macy’s department store elf named Crumpet.

Located at Congress Hall in The Harrison Room behind The Blue Pig

“The Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris

Written by David Sedaris

Directed by Marlena Lustik

Come see Congress Hall’s own production of “The Santaland Diaries”, with the help of Cape May Stage.

Join us for Lunch or Dinner & a Show on select dates in November
and December at the Blue Pig Tavern.

November 24th-December 28th                     

Thursday-Saturday 7:30 PM | Sundays 3 pm

A struggling young writer takes a job as a Christmas elf at Macy’s in New York City and offers a sardonic, witty, irreverent accounting of elf training, bad Santas, abusive customers, and humiliating conditions. Go deep into the heart of Christmas as it exists in our consumerized world and gets your holiday in high gear with this hilarious one-man show.
Directed by Marlena Lustik
Starring Donald Toal

Located at Congress Hall in The Harrison Room behind The Blue Pig

NOTE: Dinner & Show packages are available every night along with Lunch & Show on Sundays.


$39+ for lunch – Sunday 3pm
$59+ for dinner – Thursday – Saturday 7:30pm

General admission tickets are $25.

To reserve your Dinner/Lunch & Show tickets please call The Blue Pig Tavern at Congress Hall (609.884.8422)

200 Congress Place | Cape May, NJ 08204

For general admission tickets contact Cape May Stage at 609-770-8311 or Congress Hall at (609) 884-8421

Running time, 55 minutes. (Age guidance: Mature Elves Only)


Donald Toal (Crumpet the Elf)

Don Toal, Jr. is thrilled to return to beautiful Cape May.  Don holds a B.A. in Theatre/Communications from DeSales University and is proud to have worked with a number of South Jersey arts organizations as a stage manager and educator, including Cape May Stage, the OCHS Drama Guild, and the Gateway Playhouse.  In addition, Don has also been in regular residence with the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company, serving as their Propsmaster and Director of their Junior Company for the past seven seasons.  Favorite past credits include The Wizard of Oz (Lion, OCTC), The Tempest (Caliban, ACCC), and She Loves Me(Arpad, Gateway Playhouse). While he hasn’t had to work as an elf, he does recall working summers on the boardwalk as a pirate—the two experiences are frighteningly similar.  He resides in Ocean City with his loving wife/choreographer, Lisa.  Many grateful thanks to Roy and Marlena for this opportunity.


Marlena Lustik (Director)

Last season Marlena directed Billy Bishop Goes to Warfor Cape May Stage. Other Cape May Stage productions include Red Hot PatriotA Walk in the Woods, and A Tuna Christmas. She staged A Christmas Carol: The Radio Show and This Wonderful Life which were performed during the holiday season at Congress Hall.  New York credits include Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya (which she co-adapted) for the Triangle Theatre Company and a production of A Cherry Orchard Off-Broadway for the Yorkville Repertory Theatre featuring Maureen Garrett. She has directed for the Deptford Players, The Comedy Club, the Snarks, and the 29th Street Rep in New York as well as done workshops of new plays such as Piano Bar BluesBavarian Rage, and Lotteria.  Her on-site theatre piece based on Everyman was performed at the Church of the Holy Trinity.  Her productions of The Seagull with Robert Newman and Vita and Virginia with other members of the cast of Guiding Light were performed at the Helen Hayes Theatre in Nyack, NY.  She has directed as a guest artist at Berea College, Lafayette College, and the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Marlena is also an accomplished actress who has appeared on Broadway, Off Broadway and at many regional theaters including The Long Wharf Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, The Goodspeed Opera House, The Kennedy Center, and of course Cape May Stage.  Thanks to Roy for the opportunity of working on this delightful play and my daughter Alexa for keeping me sane.