An Arctic Confederate Christmas

It's Christmas Eve in Barrow, Alaska, a hundred years from now; thanks to climate disaster, a handful of fascist white ethnostates ringing the Arctic Circle is all that remains of humanity. The home of water executive Bob Whitaker is buzzing with anticipation of the return of Bob's long-lost brother Jeff - but Jeff has brought secrets with him, too dangerous for the Arctic Confederacy to allow to be...
It's Christmas Eve in Barrow, Alaska, a hundred years from now; thanks to climate disaster, a handful of fascist white ethnostates ringing the Arctic Circle is all that remains of humanity. The home of water executive Bob Whitaker is buzzing with anticipation of the return of Bob's long-lost brother Jeff - but Jeff has brought secrets with him, too dangerous for the Arctic Confederacy to allow to be made public. Now the Whitaker family must protect Jeff even as they confront ghosts from their own past - all while trying to have the Best Christmas Ever.
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An Arctic Confederate Christmas

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  • Dave Osmundsen:
    24 Jun. 2022
    We’ve seen many post-apocalyptic plays. But not many set specifically at Christmas! Michael C. O’Day constructs a vividly austere and Orwellian world with its own carefully crafted mythology. This play is a masterclass in developing suspense. I can’t think of many other plays that have kept my on tenterhooks over such an extended period of time. Beyond the intriguing setting and dynamic characters, this is a play about how the stories we tell and are told can hurt and heal us. Fantastic work!
  • Jasmine Spiess:
    22 Jun. 2022
    What a horrifically fantastic play this is (in the best way!)! It was great to see it onstage as part of the Valdez Theatre Conference! You are a master world-builder. I love that this play is driven by the need to have some "normalcy" by having Christmas in an apocalyptic world. The harder the characters try to have a normal Christmas, the more the truth comes out - such a wild ride! Jeff's monologue about what he saw is still dancing around in my head. Looking forward to seeing its further development and production! Congratulations, Michael!

Development History

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    Valdez Theatre Festival
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    2022