Creative Class 2016: Chad Bradford

cc16-bradfordActor and director Chad Bradford started appearing on Little Rock stages while he was still a student at Hall High School.  Since then, he has appeared Off Broadway, in national tours, and in numerous regional theatres throughout the U.S.  While often appearing in Shakespeare or other classical plays, he is equally at home in farce, musicals, and drawing room comedies.  In 2015, he played the title character in the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre production of Puss in Boots. In other words, he is a versatile actor.

Earlier this year, he directed Twelfth Night for Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre (while also appearing in their productions of West Side Story and A Midsummer Night’s Dream).  Twelfth Night was later remounted at Shake on the Lake Shakespeare in New York and returned to Conway for another appearance.  (This is not his first show to originate in Little Rock and be performed throughout the US. In 2013, he helmed David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries here before it played elsewhere.)  In 2015, National Arts Strategies named him a Creative Community Fellows recipient.

He is currently in rehearsals directing David Ives’s The Liar on the UCA Mainstage.  It plays October 20-22, and 27 & 28.

SantaLand Diaries in Central Arkansas this weekend

santalandThe stores have been in the midst of Christmas since before Labor Day.  So it is not too early for theatrical ventures to turn their attentions to Christmastime.  This weekend, the Vagabond Theatre Company presents David Sedaris’ essay-turned-One-Man Show this November!

The SantaLand Diaries is a hilarious account of Sedaris’ stint working as a Christmas elf in “SantaLand” at Macy’s department store is what shot Sedaris to national recognition. Starring Jordy Neill and directed by Chad Bradford, you can catch SantaLand Diaries on Saturday, November 9, at 8 p.m. at the Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church on 16th and Louisiana Street, in Little Rock or on Sunday, November 10, at 8 p.m. at The Lantern Theatre on 1021 Van Ronkle, in Conway.

Tickets may be purchased at the door. House opens at 7:30 p.m

The Sedaris Diaries

David Sedaris, author of The Santaland Diaries about his experiences working as an Elf at Macy’s one year, will be having a book signing tonight at WordsWorth Books in the Heights.  Sedaris is on a book tour promoting his new book Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk.  Wordsworth has the newest book, Holidays on Ice (which contains Santaland) and many of Sedaris’ other books.

The event tonight is billed as a book signing which may have a brief reading. It is not a Sedaris performance (though he has done two of those in Little Rock over the past few years in support of the Arkansas Literary Festival).

The event is ticketed. To get a ticket, one must purchase a Sedaris book at WordsWorth.  For more information call (501) 663-9198.