By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
A dark Christmas comedy that portrays Santa Claus as more naughty than nice is coming to the Venue of Merging Arts, also known as VOMA, Dec. 16 and 17.
“The Eight: Reindeer Monologues,” written by Jeff Goode, involves each of Santa’s reindeer accusing him of heinous crimes.
“This show makes you uncomfortable in a good way,” director Randy Jeffreys said. “It will make you laugh and think at the same time.”
“The Eight: Reindeer Monologues” is being presented by TheatreMatters, a regional group known for their performances of cutting-edge works.
“TheatreMatters has established a reputation for doing things a little bit more on the edge, a little bit more provocative,” Jeffreys said.
The cast includes Don Evanisko as Dasher, Ethan Leydig as Cupid, Jeffreys as Hollywood, Kate Davis as Blitzen, Tony Malvoisin as Comet, Lindsay St. Clair as Dancer, Wes Layton as Donner and Brianne France Layton as Vixen.
“I’ve worked with all these people before in different shows,” Jeffreys said. “These are people I could count on to bring what we need to these monologues.”
Jeffreys said that even though the show consists of monologues that are dark in nature, Goode wrote the play to make a point.
“On the surface, the play is about reindeer and Santa Claus, but like a lot of plays, there’s more to it,” he said. “I think Goode is trying to say that people in positions of power sometimes abuse that power. Santa Claus is a beloved character, so Goode wrote this play to shock people.”
Performances of “The Eight: Reindeer Monologues” are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. both evenings, and tickets can be purchased at the door.
In addition, those who would like to attend dinner can do so by arriving at VOMA at 6 p.m. Dinner tickets will be sold at the door.
Dinner will be served both evenings.
VOMA is located at 307 Chestnut St. in Johnstown’s Cambria City neighborhood.
For more information about “The Reindeer Monologues,” visit Theatre Matters’ Facebook page or www.thevoma.com. Because of adult themes and language, the performance is not suitable for children.