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Blackburn Hall


November 23- December 18, 2016

Days & Times

Wednesday & Thursday 7:30pm
Friday & Saturday 8:00pm
Sunday 2:00pm

*No Perf. November 24. (Thanksgiving)

Additional Perf: Tuesday, Nov. 29


From Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies comes this funny and heartwarming holiday play about Shirley Abramowitz, a young Jewish girl during the Depression, who is cast as Jesus in her school’s Christmas pageant, much to her immigrant parents’ chagrin. As Shirley, now much older, recounts the memorable story to her great-granddaughter the audience is captured by the merriment, nostalgia and music of the era. Coney Island Christmas captures what it means to be an American during the holidays.

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Naples Players’ Coney Christmas’ new director’s baptism


Naples Daily News Arts Editor

Little Shirley Abramowitz has a challenge ahead of her. She’s been chosen for a starring role, that of Jesus, in her class’s Christmas pageant. She’s Jewish.

Bryce Alexander has had more than one challenge ahead of him. He was directing dress rehearsal about the play about Shirley Abramowitz’s dilemma, “Coney Island Christmas,” as well as moving into his first home in Naples, and welcoming his in-laws for the Thanksgiving holiday. All on Tuesday.


Have yourself a ‘Coney Island Christmas’ with The Naples Players

Special to Florida Weekly

The Naples Players present the feel-good holiday production of “Coney Island Christmas” through Dec. 18 at the Sugden Community Theatre. It’s a refreshing reach back in time and across traditions to the centerpiece of holiday celebrations: love and family.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Marguiles shares the story of Shirley Abramowitz (Kylie Campbell), the young Jewish daughter of strong-minded immigrant parents, who is finding her footing in 1939 Brooklyn, N.Y. You can almost hear the creak and rumble of Coney Island’s famous wooden Cyclone roller coaster in the distance as the older and wiser Shirley (Ann Hoover) tells her great-granddaughter about the time she was asked to play Jesus in her school’s pageant.

“It’s a joy-filled but virtuous look at the privilege that comes from having community, family and companionship,” says director Bryce Alexander says. “In the face of the holiday season, and with growing tension around our country, I could not be more excited to present a show with such a fun, uniting and inspiring impact.”