Tom Chalmers returns once again to star as Crumpet in The Santaland Diaries.

Local performer Tom Chalmers returns once again to star as Crumpet in The Santaland Diaries, Asheville’s celebrated non-traditional holiday tradition.

Written by modern-day Mark Twain, humorist David Sedaris, and adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello, The Santaland Diaries is now performed in many theaters across the country but nowhere quite the way that comedy maestro Chalmers has captured it.

He performed the show to sold-out crowds on the ACT Mainstage for seven years from 2005-2011 and returned to the role last year. Wanting a full approach to his favorite part, Chalmers dons the red & white striped tights one more time for what will surely be a wild sleigh ride.

The Santaland Diaries is a dark comedy that follows an out-of-work slacker who takes a job as an elf in Macy’s Santaland. His observations of the shoppers and employees are much more naughty than nice. Publishers Weekly describes the piece as “a caustic mix of J.D. Salinger and John Waters.” Over the last 17 years at Asheville Community Theatre, this play has transformed from a holiday hidden gem  to a Christmas-season must see.

The Santaland Diaries will open at 35below, on Wednesday, Dec. 12 and run through Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 with performances Wednesday-Saturday nights at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2:30 pm and additional late night performances Friday and Saturday nights at 9:30 pm. Tickets are limited, and are available online at, over the phone at 828-254-1320, or in person at the Asheville Community Theatre Box Office. All tickets are $18.


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