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.
Mark BradburyMark Bradbury was born and raised in Santa Rosa and grew up on Sonoma County theater. Most recently at Left Edge Mark appeared in Drumming with Anubis, Honky and Sideways. Other recent roles include: Bob in Bob, A Life in Five Acts at Main Stage West, Will Bloom in Big Fish at Spreckels Theater Company, and Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Show at Sixth Street Playhouse.
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