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How to Survive Your Family at Christmas

By William Missouri Downs


December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 @ 7:30pm
December 4, 11, 18 @ 2pm

Directed by: Yassi Jahanmir

It’s Christmas, that wonderful time of year when families deck the halls, don their gay apparel, and pretend they don’t hate each other. College student Loretta hasn’t been home in two years mostly because she has nothing in common with her blue-collar parents. When she left to attend Harvard, she thought she’d never return, but then she fell in love with a cultivated Cambridge law student, and he wants to meet her parents.

The difference between Loretta’s law student and her parents couldn’t be more profound. He loves yachting, while her parents never let her near water – growing up Loretta’s mother told her chlorine caused skepticism. He reads Tennyson, while her parents read Jonathan Livingston Seagull – not the book, the Cliffs Notes.

How to Survive Your Family At Christmas is a crowd-pleasing comedy about family, love and the one thing we all need to survive the holidays, forgiveness.


B Falk as Loretta Nutt

Claudia Cortez as Rosy Nutt

Jim Winkler as Jerry Nutt

Patrick Mink as Langdon Kennedy

Ryan Corrigan as Father Ramona

Brian Ault as Caroler

Jackie Green as Caroler

James Vigil as Caroler


Assistant Director: Erich Goldstein

Stage Manager: Gage Bailie

Assistant Stage Manager: Luis Galvez

Scenic, Lighting, Sound Design: Chad Sweet

Accent & Dialect Coach: Rosie Brownlow-Calkin

Intimacy Direction: Adi Cabral 

Costumes: Moira Bengochea  &  Jazzy Miller

Props: Jesse Spooner

Produced in arrangement with the playwright. 

OFFBOOK Interview 
with director Yassi Jahanmir

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