Production History


Holiday Special Presentation
Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log
written and performed by
Kevin Kling
December 14 & 15, 2006

Kevin Kling describes his zodiac sign as “Minnesota with Iowa rising,” and his accent could be right off the set of the movie Fargo. While many of his tales come from his Midwest roots, his childhood stories of the absurdity and irony of common human experience are recognizable to all of us. In Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log, Kling lovingly skewers the holiday traditions that we all recognize, from long drives to grandmother’s house to sibling competition for love and attention to the giddy excitement and profound disappointment of Christmas morning.

Kling is perhaps best known for his regular storytelling contributions to NPR’s “All Things Considered,” but he is also an established playwright whose works include 21A, Lloyd’s Prayer, and Home and Away, which was produced at Seattle Rep in 1990.

“…This festive nut roll is less like opening presents under the tree with your family and more like opening beers on Kwanzaa with a charming lunatic you met in an airport bar after your plane got delayed by a freak hail of frogs.” —The Stranger