Jeff Querin and Stephen Wayne are the playwrights, cast, hosts, and bartenders in their original holiday comedy A Swinging Christmas, running from Nov. 25 to Jan. 3. In this two-man whodunit musical, a crime’s been committed in a cozy mountaintop lodge where a soap opera star and a bellhop are spending Christmas. The unlikely duo form a friendship and embark on a hunt to figure out who did it. The story is woven around some familiar Christmas tunes, as well as some that are less well-known.
Besides the quick character switches that will take place on stage, Querin and Wayne will have roles to play offstage as well. Before the show and during the intermission, the pair goes behind the in-house bar to serve drinks. This way, the audience gets to have the interactive theater experience without the public humiliation that often comes with that. “We had a bartender when we started out, and he was doing a fine job, but we found that people really enjoyed talking with us before the show,” Wayne says. “We don’t drag anyone on stage, but they still get to interact with us.”
Festive champagne cocktails, beer, wine, and savory snacks will be available for purchase. Performances are Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be found at 34west.org. —Katherine LaDue