THE EIGHT: Reindeer Monologues

By Jeff Goode

Directed by Michael Bruno

A dark Christmas comedy that looks at the man in the red suit from the reindeers' perspectives. A furor erupts when a scandal unveils corruption and perversion with eyes looking towards Saint Nick. Christmas will never be the same!

Told in a series of eight witty monologues, each of Santa's flying hoofed critters confesses truth behind the reported shocking allegations. This play is filled with penetrating humor, thanks to Director Michael Bruno who brings his vast acting, directing, and producing experiences to StageQ for the first time.

To give you an inside look at the personality makeup of the reindeer, I would like to introduce the sleigh team. Cupid, played by Jeffrey Brunnbauer, tells his freaked-out in-your-face story with a wink, a leer and hilariously over-the-top zeal. Blitzen (Shoshanna Hill) is a beautiful, radical feminist who turns the event into an opportunity to advance her political agenda…destroy Santa! Then there is Dasher, played by John Kremm, who is the personification of machismo. Donn Moen (Comet) plays a stag's stag who insists on the saintliness in Santa Claus. Stephanie Monday is the vivacious, seductive Vixen, in other words trouble with a capital T! StageQ in also proud to have Melissa Nearman and Carrie Aikman as Dancer, who take turns performing a martini-lapping doe. Beth Shippert is the self-absorbed Hollywood (formerly Prancer.) And finally we have Kent Walker as Donner, the suicidal weakling who divulges just how far a reindeer will go for a place on the team. Sarah Carroll and Karen Saari add their talents as understudies.

Produced by StageQ at The Evjue at The Gerald Bartell Community Theatre, 113 East Mifflin, Madison, Wisconsin.

Performances: December 6-22, 2001.

Performances are Thursdays (December 6, 13, and 20), Fridays (December 7, 14, and 21), and Saturdays (December 8, 15, and 22). 7:30pm nightly with additional performances Saturdays, 9:00pm.

Tickets for individual performances are $12 per show. Students with ID may purchase tickets for $10 per show. Group discounts (10 or more) are available. Tickets may be obtained online at or reserved by calling StageQ reservations at (608) 204-0306.