Santa Claus is in rough shape. His suit is smudged with
soot. He rings his bell like the world’s most depressed Salvation Army
volunteer. Trudging onstage into a stark shaft of light, he wails
Liminal Performance Group runs wild with E.E. Cummings’ strange little Yuletide play.
Most of us know E.E. Cummings for his poetry. But in
addition to conducting wacky typographical experiments, Cummings was
also a playwright. Not a terribly prolific one: He wrote only four
Arts & Books
Chris Willis really, really digs Santa Claus. In fact, the Southwest Portland artist is so taken with St. Nick he’s collected 150 vintage light up effigies of the jolly old elf, specifically blow molds from Empire Plastics Corp., a “now defunct Tarboro, NC-based company that produced the joyful figures from 1968-1985.” (He’s also got a ton of snowmen, angels, ...