The 12 Dates of Christmas
After being dumped by her fiancé, Mary must come to terms with what it means to be single again...especially during the holidays. A heartwarming Christmas comedy. The 12 Dates of Christmas is Meghan Marquardt's Senior Capstone.
About the Show:
“What happens when Mary sees her fiancé making out with his co-worker on national TV at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? She dumps him and drops her engagement ring into a Salvation Army kettle. She then spends the next year being set up, hooked up, strung up, and fed up as she navigates her life “alone” as a New York actor in her thirties—Sex and the City for real people, with no Mr. Big in sight. ASC veteran actor Ginna Hoben writes and stars in this delicious one-woman show about how much the holidays suck after your heart’s been crushed.”
The 12 Dates of Christmas was first performed in 2010 at The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton Virginia and starred Ginna Hoben. The one-woman show has since been performed in other states including New York, North Carolina, Kentucky and Ohio as well as other countries including shows in Shanghai, China and Birmingham, England.
Mary: Meghan Marquardt
To all of you sitting and reading this, I would like to say thank you. Thank you for coming out to support me in my biggest endeavor as a student here at Northern. Thank you for being a patron of the theatre: a performance isn’t complete without an audience. I chose this project for you. I wanted to pick a script that would make you laugh, so we could have some fun with my last moment on the college stage.
My four years in the program here have provided me with some of the most rewarding expreriences I’ve ever had. I’ve been able to work onstage, offstage, and in front of house. I’ve gone to conferences, and performed before audiences both large and small. I’ve grown. I’ve made mistakes, but I’ve learned from them. I can truly say, without a touch of exaggeration that I will miss this place deeply after I’ve left.
I’d also like to to extend a special thank-you to all of my teachers in the theatre department. For their wisdom, yes, but also for taking the extra time to have a converstation outside of class, or to give me feedback on an audition or a performance. Their support and the knowledge they’ve given me will carry me through as I go out to face the big bad world. I’d like to extend a special thank-you to Paul Truckey for casting me in my first show here, proving to my
terrified-freshman self that I could make it outside of high school, and to Ansley Valentine for guiding me though this one last hurrah even though he had a LOT on his plate this semester.
Finally, to my family and friends: thank you for being here as I’ve gone on this journey. Thank you for listening to me rant wildly about my problems when I was stressed out, and for assuring me that it will all be okay. Without your love and support, I may have made it through college, but I definitely would have lost a lot more of my sanity. I’d like to give my parents an extra-special shout-out for raising me so I could be where I am today, and to my boyfriend Zach for dealing with the emotional throes of dating an actor, and for being willing to make midnight stress-relief phone calls. I can’t say enough how grateful I am for everything I’ve experienced in my four years here at Northern. I hope you enjoy the show!