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I'll Be Home for Christmas
November 22, 2023 - December 25, 2023
Director's Note

This play takes place at the end of the line. The last gate at the end of a long terminal, late at night.  And it is here we find six people that come to know each other. Strangers that become friends. Friends for life? Maybe; maybe not. But for this one night, the person next to them is all they have. Each of them needs the help of another person and each is a person who gives the help. Each of them needs someone and each of them is needed.  

Sounds like Christmas to me. Human beings coming to the rescue of other human beings.  Human beings who need, and give, love and understanding. They “save” each other, so to speak. They discover that they may be going home for the holidays, but, in fact, the home they come to find is in the community of humanity. The “home” they seek is already in their hearts.  

They come to “know” each other by listening to the other’s story. By sharing, giving, telling their story they open their hearts and invite another person to “know” them. They need to tell their stories and they are needed as listeners to the story of others. Sounds like Christmas to me.  

Whether or not they make it to their destination on this Christmas eve, they are “home”.

- John Hardy, Director of I'll Be Home for Christmas

Cast List

Cheryl Dean/Sid Zadnichek
Hannah Ingram*

Mary Margaret Gilmore/Rosie Armellino
Libby Zabit

Joel Hartman/Randall King
Justin Tyler Lewis*

*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors, and Stage Managers in the United States.


John Hardy

Scenic Designer
Derek Smith

Costume Designer
Lee Alexander Martin

Lighting Designer
Camille Davis

Sound Designer
Miles Polaski

Dialect Coach
Zoë Velling

Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager
Elizabeth Anne Green*

Production Stage Manager
Cindi A. Raebel*

Producing Artistic Director of Barter Theatre
Katy Brown

*Denotes members of the Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors, and Stage Managers in the United States.

Production Crew

Wardrobe Supervisor
Chelsea Bannan

Light and Sound Board Operator
Shawn Martin

Production Assistant
Holly O'Brien


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