Something new this year! Produced by Theatre Unleashed “A Very Die Hard Christmas” by Josh Carson and directed by Gregory Crafts has its west coast premiere on Friday, December 3, 2015 at The Belfry Stage in North Hollywood.
“High above the city of L.A., a team of terrorists has seized a building, taken hostages, and declared war. One man has managed to escape. An off-duty cop hiding somewhere inside. He’s alone, tired…and he doesn’t like Christmas. Come see a stage version of the holiday classic, complete with action, humor, Professor Snape taking people hostage, singing, dancing, the guy from ‘Family Matters,’ guns, puppets, explosions, the EPA guy from ‘Ghostbusters’ getting punched in the face, and Christmas miracles and familiar holiday friends galore. Maybe even an appearance by the legend himself, Santa Claus! Yippee Ki-Yay, Father Christmas!”
Playwright Josh Carson just wanted to settle a long-standing debate. “This play was born out of an argument I inevitably have every year about whether or not ‘Die Hard’ was a Christmas movie,” he said. “For as many people who were wrong about that particular issue, I happened across more people who not only agreed with me, but made that movie an annual tradition. Those are the people I want to go to a Christmas party with. And ‘A Very Die Hard Christmas’ is that Christmas party.”
Four years later, his show is a holiday staple in the Twin Cities. Now it makes its West Coast Premiere with Theatre Unleashed.
“We’ve seen great success with parodies in the past with the wildly popular ‘The Spidey Project’ and I knew this clever and off-the-wall take on the classic 80s movie would be something L.A. audiences would embrace,” said Jenn Scuderi Crafts, the company’s artistic director. “After seeing it in Minneapolis, we chatted with Josh, as he was covered in comical amounts of stage blood, and we were instantly excited to bring his hilarious piece to the west coast!”
“Audiences can expect everything they enjoyed from the original film,” said the show’s director Gregory Crafts. “Action, humor, Professor Snape taking people hostage, singing, dancing, the guy from ‘Family Matters’ as played by a snowman, guns, puppets, explosions, the EPA guy from ‘Ghostbusters’ getting punched in the face, and Christmas miracles and familiar holiday friends galore. Maybe even an appearance by the legend himself, Santa Claus! All this will be delivered on a shoe string budget in a forty-seat black box theatre in North Hollywood. We’re pulling out all the stops.”
“A Very Die Hard Christmas” opens 8 p.m. Friday, December 3 and performs 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday through December 19. General admission is $20; PWYW if you donate $5 at the box office for Camp Del Corazon, December 7 – #LAThtr Night – admission is $10. Call 818-849-4039 or visit www.theatreunleashed.org.
The Belfry Stage, Upstairs at the Crown is located at 11031 Camarillo St. in North Hollywood.