By Frederick Stroppel
Directed by Peter J. Hughes
November 24 – December 22, 2018
Julia Dowling has an unexpected visitor who intends to escort her off to the afterlife. Infusing comedy into the classic Death Takes a Holiday, The Christmas Spirit is set in contemporary Long Island. Julia persuades Death to give her one more day to enjoy Christmas and invites him to be her guest at a festive party. The next day the house fills with bickering relatives, friends, the local priest…and Death, masquerading as a human, singing carols and drinking eggnog. Moments of high farce, drama, and even romance arise as bright holiday fantasies collide with a not-so-merry reality. Firehouse first presented this funny, poignant and ultimately inspiring show in 2013 and we’re thrilled to offer it again, this time with Peter J. Hughes in the director’s chair.