Written and directed by David Templeton
Featuring Mark Bradbury
A true story about a very big lie.
Not recommended for children under 12 (or those who still believe in Santa Claus).
‘Polar Bears’ is a hilarious and poignant one-actor tour-de-force about family, fatherhood, Christmas, cookies, love, loss, holiday decorations, and the age old parental question, “Is there a right time for my kids to stop believing in Santa Claus?”
Based on a true story, ’Polar Bears' blends the sweet, narrative nostalgia of Jean Shepherd’s “A Christmas Story” with the sharp, observational honesty of David Sedaris’ “The Santaland Diaries,” creating a wholly original, twist-filled, wild ride of a tale, one that celebrates the power of love, the thrills of creativity, and the unpredictable magic of Christmas.
Note: Polar Bears is a special event at Left Edge Theatre and is not included in the season subscription package.
Actor: Mark Bradbury
Director: David Templeton
Set Designer: Argo Thompson
Lighting Designer: April George
Sound Designer: Joe Winkler
Costume Designer: Sandra Ish
Stage Manager: Vicki Martinez
Produced by special arrangement from David Templeton
* Member of Actors' Equity Association. Left Edge Theatre is an Equity-approved company.
David TempletonDavid Templeton is a Bay Area arts journalist and playwright best known locally for his work as Community Editor of the Petaluma Argus-Courier, The North Bay Bohemian (for which he was the theater reviewer for 16 years), The Pacific Sun, Strings Magazine and others. Earlier this year, he was awarded the first place prize for writing by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, and was awarded the second place prize for best newspaper column (for his “Culture Junkie” column in the Argus-Courier). As a playwright, he’s won awards for his writing of “Wretch Like Me,” which has had runs at the San Francisco Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in Scotland. His other plays include “Drumming with Anubis” (which had its world premier at Left Edge Theatre in June of this year), “Pinky,” and “Mary Shelley’s Body,” the latter adapted from his novella of the same name, published in the 2016 anthology ‘Eternal Frankenstein.” His fiction writing has appeared in a number of publications, and his original story, “Questions and Answers,” appeared in 2017’s award-nominated anthology “Tales From a Talking Board.” David’s next play, “Galatea” (about a robot and her therapist), will have its world premiere at Spreckels Performing Arts Center in March of 2020.
Mark BradburyMark is a native of Santa Rosa, a proud member of the community theater family, and a lover of all things Christmas. He would like to humbly thank everyone for letting him share this sweet, heart warming story with them. Past Christmas roles include Ralph Parker in A Christmas Story and George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life(6th St. Playhouse) You may have seen him here at Left Edge Theater as Peter in Honky or as Anubis in Drumming with Anubis by David Templeton. Next up at LET Mark will appear in Small Mouth Sounds. Most of all, Mark would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas.
The Cast & Crew
David Templeton is a Bay Area playwright and award-winning arts journalist best known locally for his work with the Petaluma Argus-Courier and the North Bay Bohemian. As a playwright, he’s won awards for his writing of “Wretch Like Me,” which has had runs at the San Francisco Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in Scotland. In addition to “Polar Bears,” his other plays include “Pinky,” “Drumming With Anubis,” “Mary Shelley’s Body” (the latter adapted from his novella of the same name, published in the 2016 anthology “Eternal Frankenstein.” David’s next play, “Galatea,” will have its world premiere at Spreckels Performing Arts Center in March of 2020. He is currently at work on a collection of twisted Christmas stories, hopefully to be published in November of 2020.
— David Templeton