Magazine article Stage Directions

A Very Kerry Christmas

Magazine article Stage Directions

A Very Kerry Christmas

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San Diego's Lamb's Players Theatre Kerry Meads goes original every year

'T 'is the season of giving, and Kerry Meads gives the gift that keeps on giving - an original Christmas play with music every year.

'It's a very interesting thing, and has become quite a tradition,' Meads says. Ifs kind of tricky to do - It has to have magic, wonder, a happy ending and music*

The prolific playwright is also an actress, director and associate artistic director at San Diego's respected Lamb's Players Theatre. There she and her co-Christmas conspirers concoct a holiday show with all the trappings, and has been doing It since 1978, the year she first joined the ensemble.

It wasnt supposed to be this way. Back when she was a student at Bethel University in Minnesota, she was studying medical technology. Taking a random acting class on a lark put her on the path toward her current career, and she started doing theatre professionally In 1971. Today, in addition to everything else, she also writes non-holiday plays. Currently, she has one running called Boomers, a musical revue about the baby boom generation.

Stage Directions'. So, you write a new Christmas show every year?

Kerry Meads IVe written a total of 15 Christmas shows, and every eight years, we bring one back, which I end up rewriting. This year we're bringing back one of my most requested, and my first one. Ifs called Angel's Arms, which is about a novelist who is suffering writer's block and unexpectedly discovers the true meaning of Christmas while working through his block. …

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