Carter, Brady, Robinson Off Kilter Christmas in Oakland

Brady, Carter, Robinson

An Evening of Off Kilter Christmas One Act Plays

Produced and Directed by Robin Schild

When:  Doors open 7:30pm, Mon, Dec 19, 2011

Cost:  $10 (includes drink ticket for Ale, Wine or Apple Cider)

EBGB ~ The Underground Wine Bar
1203 Pine Street – Pacific Cannery, Oakland, CA 94607

The Plays:

Tree, By Jeff Carter
When a large, beautiful tree from Josephine “Jo” Dudley’s farm is chosen to be the official Christmas tree for the White House lawn of 1959 she is at first pleased. She soon comes to regret the decision, becoming angry with herself for letting her son Donnie talk her into giving it up to President Eisenhower. Finally, she decides something must be done. With her adopted son Rollie, she devises a plan to right the mistake she has made.

Christmas in Carrolton, By Lee Brady
The style is 40’s film noir, with all the elements of that smoky genre. We meet Sharla w a famous film beauty who is allowed one last Christmas sit home before being electrocuted, and the three men who can’t stop loving her even though they know she can be deadly.

4 plays by John Robinson

  • The Wine Cellar
    • Nora Prentice is holding a Christmas Party for clients at the mansion of her friend and venture capitalist backer, Spencer Gaines. Without asking him, she ordered the wine and the choice turns out to be a disastrous one. He promises to rectify the mistake by offering his wide selection of the finest wines. She must only accompany him to his wine cellar for a tasting adventure. It turns out to be more of a journey than she had anticipated. 
  • Saint George and the Dragon
    • The story of Saint George and his battle with The Dragon has been a part of Christmas festivities since the Tenth Century. In order to spare the town, a princess is offered to The Dragon as her bride. Saint George happens along and rescues her. The legend?s holiday symbolism casts The Dragon is the darkness of the winter, and Saint George as the promise of the renewal of light. About 15 years ago, I was cast in the play as the quack doctor charged with healing the ailing Saint George in the Christmas Revels celebrated in Oakland. In this piece, I couldn?t resist doing a little tweaking of the tale, (no pun intended).
  • Bells and Whistles
    • The Carol of Bells, wafts from a new store in the mall. How charming it is, especially during the holidays to find a shop devoted to bells of all sorts. Whistles nicely compliment the cheery tones. A young couple soon to be married is drawn by the allure of the sounds to purchase something there. However, behind the pleasant notes, something secret lies in wait. 
  • Wenseslas 
    • One evening during the holiday season, a man is found walking barefoot in the snow. He has frostbite and amnesia. After being treated for frostbite, Dr. Judith Prober, the hospitals resident hypnotherapist, tackles his amnesia. He apparently believes he is King Wenceslas of the Christmas Carol by that name. Total delusion or a supernatural possession?