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About the Play

On Thanksgiving Day, Mary discovers that her fiancé is cheating on her when she catches him on national TV kissing another woman at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. She then must navigate a year's worth of hapless holidays and luckless romances amid the colorful characters that make up her family. Christmas, New Year's Eve, and St. Patrick's Day bring one dating disaster after another. June provides a “wedding season” of letdowns, and Halloween is nothing less than a horror show. When the second Christmas rolls around, a surprise encounter with a five-year-old boy whom she has come to adore changes her mood, her day, and her whole perspective.

About the Playwright

Ginna Hoben is an actor/writer currently residing in Astoria, NY. Her solo play The Twelve Dates of Christmas has had thirty-eight productions nation and worldwide. Her most recent play, No Spring Chicken premiered at NextStop Theatre in 2015 as part of D.C.'s Women’s Voices Theatre Festival. No Spring Chicken is adapted from Ginna's pregnancy blog entitled bambino && the bean, an offshoot of her original blog vino & the bean, which is a collection of (mostly) humorous true stories written at various coffee shops and wine bars that she discovers across the country. Other produced plays include the solo show pierced! (New York and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals), the full-length play the wind-chill factor (The Actors Theatre of Louisville), Finalist; Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award in 2002, and two short plays: Spit Spat Splendor Spite of the compilation play Shakespeare in Mind (originally produced at Transylvania University), and the ten minute play, telephone (The Actors Theatre of Louisville), published in the collection 30 Ten-Minute Plays for 4, 5, and 6 Actors.

As an actor, Ginna has spent several seasons at The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA. Over the several years and among the twenty-four total plays she has performed there, was the premiere of her self-written play, The Twelve Dates of Christmas. Other recent performances include No Spring Chicken at Project SEE Theatre in conjunction with Transylvania University, Moon Over Buffalo at Cape May Stage, and Next Fall; The 39 Steps; and The Twelve Dates of Christmas at CATCO in her hometown, Columbus Ohio.

Ginna has worked as a TV writer/producer (Food Network’s Hungry Games and National Geographic’s Emmy-nominated Brain Games) and is an artist-fellow of the Hermitage Artist Retreat.