Director's Take: Coney Island Christmas

Elena Giannetti explains what sets this new holiday show apart from the classics.

 

Coney Island Christmas

By Donald Margulies
Directed by Elena Giannetti

Director Elena Giannetti talks about how Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies weaves together nostalgia, music, and merriment in Coney Island Christmas, a new seasonal classic for people of all ages and all faiths.

Coney Island Christmas introduces us to Shirley Abramowitz, a young Jewish girl who, much to her immigrant mother’s exasperation, is cast as Jesus in the school’s Christmas pageant. As Shirley, now much older, recounts the memorable story to her great-granddaughter, the audience is treated to an enchanting, timeless tale of what it means to discover our own holiday traditions.

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