Kraig Swartz Is An Awesome Crumpet

The Santaland Diaries: Photos

Photos of Kraig Swartz as Crumpet in The Santaland Diaries at The New Repertory Theatre. Photos by Christopher McKenzie. Click on each photo to see a larger image.

Kraig Swartz as Crumpet n THE SANTALAND DIARIES at New Rep. Photo: Christopher McKenzie. Kraig Swartz as Crumpet n THE SANTALAND DIARIES at New Rep. Photo: Christopher McKenzie. Kraig Swartz as Crumpet n THE SANTALAND DIARIES at New Rep. Photo: Christopher McKenzie.

Nick invited me to see the late night (10pm/second show) performance of David Sedaris’ one act play The Santaland Diaries at the New Repertory Theatre in (my current town of) Watertown. I am sometimes reluctant to go see plays+theater+etc; but then I realized, oh, wait, this is David Sedaris — it will be funny and hey, it is only 70 minutes. Nick’s theater friend Kraig Swartz stars as Crumpet, a sarcastic, hilarious Macy’s Elf. The play is based on Sedaris’ essay about his adventures as that very Macy’s Elf many years ago. According to Wikipedia, he first read the essay on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on December 23, 1992.

Not only was Kraig’s performance awesome; but it turns out we have a mutual acquintance in St. Louis. When I tweeted a few minutes before the show that I was about to see the play, Brad Graham, (@thebrad on Twitter), sent a tweet my way.

And yeah, I’m a geek. I had to show Kraig the tweet after the performance and then I sent a reply back over to Brad.

I definitely recommend catching a performance of The Santaland Diaries while it’s still at The New Repertory Theatre until January 4th. Some performances are sold out so you’ll want to try to buy tickets soon. Cheers to Nick for convincing me to head out for something that wasn’t live music!

Acquia launches their new commercially supported Drupal awesomeness

Acquia, who I worked for as event planner for Drupalcon Boston this past spring and then as an event marketing contractor for a few months over the summer, launched their new commercially supported Drupal products today. They’re helping make it easier to set up and run Drupal powered websites — you don’t need to be an open source programming rock star. Very cool. I recommended Tim Merrill to them (who I met through Paul Irish) for the website design makeover. Awesomeness all around!