An Off-White Christmas
An Off-White Christmas features a dozen stories all set on or around Christmas, though with little to no clear religious emphasis. Instead, these stories explore life changes and choices and chaos in times of heightened drama, when family and friends and life partners merge to form cohesive units, happy or otherwise. The stories range from a gambling spree in Las Vegas to a caravan traveling to Baraboo; from a teepee hotel in Kentucky to a retro movie theatre in Arizona; from a jolly Santa lookalike to a frustrated Dickensian actor; from students to retirees. Christmas, in these stories, is a character as much as a setting—it acts upon and with plot to create tension, but each story is unique. It’s hardly all sugar plums and pure white flakes, but always there’s that hope. Just as the notion of a “white Christmas" evokes well worn traditions of the holiday, these “un-white Christmas” stories introduce potential traditions that could expand and augment the Christmas spirit.
Audio book is now available
You can now listen to my story collection, thanks to the outstanding work of Kevin Theis and an ensemble of fine actors affiliated with Oak Park Festival Theatre. Kevin is a top-notch actor with decades of impressive stage and screen credits. He also produces audio books under the imprimatur of his own Fort Raphael Publishing Company, drawing on his experience as a director, as well as his expertise in voice work and an extensive network.
Kevin assembled an all-star team to give voice to the characters in my 12 holiday stories. Savanna Rae, Bryan Wakefield, Belinda Bremner, Matt Gall, and Jhenai Mootz beautifully interpreted the characters, hitting all the right notes.
We went into Timothy Flynn’s AudioWall Studios three separate times. Tim mastered the sound recording while Kevin blocked the scenes and directed the talent. The actors did the rest. When the rough cuts were all in the can, Kevin edited it all together and added special effects to produce a really special narrative.
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins