The holiday season is upon us once again, and once again you will have the opportunity to watch "It's a Wonderful Life" or "Miracle on 34th Street" almost every other day. To break the holiday rut, watch a different kind of Christmas story. The Original Theatre Works of Cerritos College will present the Lee Korf award-winning comedy "Your Father Owned a Reindeer" on selected dates beginning Friday through Dec. 15 in the Burnight Studio Theatre.
New York playwright Richard Holland has written an offbeat story revolving around the holiday celebration of the eccentric Scavulo family. The assorted cast of characters includes Rebecca Bailey as Carol Scavulo, the oldest Scavulo daughter; Charles Gorman as Izzy, Carol's anthropologist husband; Dorothy McClane as Martha, matriarch of the Scavulo clan; Fred Lanciloti as Sal, the Scavulo patriarch; Susan Alderette as Sharon Scavulo and Jeff Tucker as Brian, her lover, a musician and waiter; Cliff Schneider as Doug Scavulo, the perpetual salesman; and Alecs Vildosola as Donnie Scavulo, a fashion designer.
The play is set in Izzy and Carol's living room, adorned with various archeological and anthropological artifacts that are decorated by Carol with traditional Christmas trimmings. Martha lobbies for her first grandchild by giving Carol a sexy negligee as a present. Sal celebrates Christmas in his own special way, by betting on a horse named Christmas Tree. But personal quirks and hard-fought attempts at communication do not dampen the family's expectations of a happy holiday.