Eclectic Company Theatre’s seasonal offering this year is “Merry F***in’ Christmas, Y’all” written by Marnie Olson, directed by Kerr Seth Lordygan and produced by Caroline Marshall and Erin Treanor. The cast includes Mike Goulis, Ivy Jones, Caroline Marshall, Daniel Pittack, Dianne Travis, Erin Treanor, Julian Vican, and playwright Olson.
Mia Jensen is going to meet her Texas family in a rented vacation home in the Colorado mountains for the Christmas holidays. Like many families, they’re dysfunctional. There’s mom Lucie, who just wants a nice traditional Christmas with her family. There are Mia’s three brothers: Liam, the eldest, married to a much older former Rodeo Queen, Rhiannon, who still fancies herself a cowgirl; Curtis, the middle son, with all the neuroses that come with being the middle child; and Gunnar, the youngest, and typically sexually aggressive for his age.
Mia arrives with her friend Alana, because Mia doesn’t have a boyfriend to bring home for the holidays. Mia has not yet come out to her family.
Mia’s siblings and sister-in-law have different ideas about how to celebrate the holiday than Lucie, most of them involving copious amounts of liquor, not to mention other recreational substances. Rocky Mountain High Colorado, indeed.
Although the Jensens constantly exasperate each other, underneath it all they also have a real and abiding love for one another. And isn’t that what Christmas is all about?
Lordygan has frequently helmed plays at The Eclectic, among them “Last Train To Nibroc,” “No Love” and “Grunge Is Dead.”
“Merry F***in’ Christmas, Y’all” performs 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday through January 5, 2014. Admission is $15. Call 818-508-3003 or visit www.eclecticcompanytheatre.org.
The Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd. (between Chandler and Magnolia) in Valley Village.