December 19, 1997

A Very Special Sedaris Christmas

Stories from David Sedaris's book of Christmas stories, Holidays on Ice, read onstage by David, Julia Sweeney and actor Matt Malloy.


How David Sedaris became a Christmas writer — and how he started writing stories about the holiday that are so dark that sometimes it seems that he's trying to single handedly destroy Christmas. We hear from members of David's own family, and from David, all of whom insist that David loves Christmas. (7 minutes)
Act Three

Based On A True Story

A Hollywood TV producer tries to convince a church of evangelical Christians to sell out a member of their own congregation. Matt Malloy reads. He was one of the stars of the acclaimed independent film In the Company of Men.

Also in this act: Dickens vs. Sedaris. Dickens scholar John Jordan compares the Christmas stories of Charles Dickens (who wrote one nearly every year from 1843 through 1867) and David Sedaris. (24 minutes)