This is the week of Christmas songs, movies, stories, and… podcasts! So here’s a gift from the Open-Door Playhouse – five holiday plays in podcast form, free of charge, to enjoy with the whole family.

  1. Yes Twinkie, There Is a Santa Claus. A thoroughly disillusioned elf is about to receive a very special present from Kris Kringle. Written by Don Goodrum. Directed by Sophie Goldstein. Cast: Chris Dorman, Julia Sanford. 15 minutes. 

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2. The Night Max Saved Christmas. A dog named  Max saves the day in this hilarious send-up of a famous Christmas legend (no spoilers here). Written by E.E. Mathias. Directed by Bernadette Armstrong. Cast: Amir Abdullah, Gary B. Lamb, Joyce Hannael.9 minutes. 

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3. The Woods. Two guys are trapped by a sudden blizzard and seek refuge in an isolated cabin in the woods. One of them hears a distant call for help. A tale of the supernatural. Written by Matthew Scott Montgomery. Directed by Bernadette Armstrong. Cast: Matthew Scott Montgomery, Andrew Puente. 18 minutes.

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4. The Very Furious Kugel. As Chanukah and Christmas intersect this year, we’re including this one. A woman discovers that her husband’s leftover noodle kugel has been possessed by a demonic entity called a dybbuk. Written by Clare Bierman. Directed by Gary Reed. Cast: Anne Cooper. 18 minutes. 

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5. Santa’s Secret. (Keep this one for the kids that are already asking if Santa is real.) A heartwarming story in which a young lad learns the secret of the true spirit of Christmas. Written by Fabiana Medici.  Directed by Bernadette Armstrong. Cast: Elaine Mello, Gary Reed. 14 minutes. 

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About Open-Door Playhouse

Founded by playwright and filmmaker Bernadette Armstrong, Open-Door Playhouse launched in September 2020, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, when playwrights had nowhere to produce their plays and actors were left without a creative outlet.  Since its inception, Open-Door Playhouse has presented over 80 new short and one-act plays, with no limit in sight.

Plays are produced by Bernadette Armstrong, Sound Engineer is David Peters, sound effects are provided by Audio Jungle, and music from Karaoke Version. All plays are recorded at The Oak House Studio in Altadena, CA. Associate Producer, Laree Griffith, manages our website.

There’s no paywall at the Open-Door Playhouse site, so you could listen to everything for free. Open-Door Playhouse is a 501c3 non-profit organization, and if you would like to support performances of works by new and emerging playwrights, your donation will be gratefully accepted. Your tax-deductible donations help keep our plays on the Podcast Stage. To listen or to donate (or both), go to https://opendoorplayhouse.org

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