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Christmas Shorts - Collection / Anthology, Comedy

Christmas Shorts

Matt Hoverman

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Collection / Anthology, Comedy

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573698941

A celebrated Winner of the 2009 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, playwright Matt Hoverman brings an evening of hilarious short holiday comedies to the stage - a wonderful alternative for theatres tired of mounting the traditional seasonal play.

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Minimum Fee: $45 / performance
$75 / performance of 3 plays
$100 / performance of 4 or more plays

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Collection / Anthology


Christmas/Holiday, Romantic Comedy

75 Minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - The five locations of the five one-acts are all minimally suggested (with a couch and a table or a few chairs) and include: the living room of a tiny apartment rented by a newly-wed couple, a classroom for adult education classes, the living room of an apartment rented (and rarely cleaned) by two slackers, the sitting room of a prosperous couple, and the waiting room of the Bethlehem, PA Fertility Clinic.


No intermission, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes


Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival

A celebrated Winner of the 2009 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, playwright Matt Hoverman brings an evening of hilarious short holiday comedies to the stage. A wonderful alternative for theatres tired of mounting the traditional seasonal play, Christmas Shorts offers five original plays that humorously comment on holiday themes: family, the nativity, Xmas cards, and elves. An outstanding Christmas collection for any theatre!

The collection is comprised of the following plays: 

Going Home
Newlyweds Greg and Cheryl have resolved to spend Christmas together alone in their tiny apartment for the first time... but when Cheryl decides at the last minute she can't resist the siren call of her dysfunctional family, it's all Greg can do to keep her from Going Home

The Student
A two-character holiday comedy about a burnt-out, adult education writing teacher who rediscovers his passion in one of the strangest student-teacher conferences of all time. 

The Christmas Witch
Two dudes find their relationship challenged when an ex-girlfriend with a penchant for breaking hearts and feasting on human flesh shows up one holiday eve... Can even the bond that unites two male roomies withstand the coming of... THE CHRISTMAS WITCH?! 

Xmas Cards
Every year, prosperous, conservative couple Ned and Nelly fill out their Christmas cards together. Or rather, Ned tries to fill them out and Nelly slowly drives him insane. Why should this year be any different? 

Two strangers (one dressed as Mary, the other as Joseph for separate upcoming holiday pageants) meet in the waiting room of the Bethlehem, PA Fertility Clinic one Christmas Morning.


"A delightful holiday gift in a small package... A perfect little holiday diversion -- funny, entertaining and with just enough warmth of the holidays...  The collection has become popular with smaller regional theater companies looking for something different for a holiday show.  It's easy to see why." - San Jose Mercury News

"The script is loaded with low-key, sweet humor." - Las Vegas Review-Journal

"Funny and profane." - Wisconsin State Journal

"Funny and heartwarming." - Isthmus Daily Page

Four Stars! "Touching and inspiring... a favorite!" - Indianapolis Performing Arts Examiner

Christmas Shorts: 5 Merry Little Comedies was first produced by Naked Angels (Geoffrey Nauffts, artistic director) at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theatre in December, 2008 as an Angels in Progress workshop. It was directed by Suzanne Agins


2m, 2f


Ensemble cast, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)


Although Christmas Shorts can be performed by a talented, versatile quartet of comic actors (2m, 2w), if the needs/resources of your theatre allow, you can find roles for up to 13 separate actors.

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N/A (Not a musical)

Matt Hoverman

Matt Hoverman

An Emmy Award-winning TV writer and playwright, Matt Hoverman’s plays include Who You See Here and The Glint (both optioned for Broadway by Nelle Nugent); In Transit (FringeNYC Best Playwriting Award), The Student (winner, 34th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival), The Audience (co-book writer, Drama Desk Best New Musical Award Nominee), Christmas Shorts: 5 Merry Little ... view full profile

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