The Twelve Dates of Christmas

The Twelve Dates of Christmas
by Ginna Hoben

Productions (58)
  • Comedy/Holiday/Solo Play
  • 70 - 90 minutes
  • 1 f
  • Content Notes: Adult language.
  • Set: Minimal.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-037-2

The Twelve Dates of Christmas
by Ginna Hoben

(3)
Productions (58)
  • Comedy/Holiday/Solo Play
  • 70 - 90 minutes
  • 1 f
  • Content Notes: Adult language.
  • Set: Minimal.

After seeing her fiance kiss another woman at the televised Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mary's life falls apart -- just in time for the holidays. Over the next year, she stumbles back into the dating world, where "romance" ranges from weird and creepy to absurd and comical. It seems nothing can help Mary's growing cynicism, until the charm and innocence of a five-year-old boy unexpectedly brings a new outlook on life and love. This heartwarming one-woman play offers a hilarious and modern alternative to the old standards of the holiday season.

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Pricing Information

Min. Performance Fee* $80
Standard Edition $9.99
Stage Manager Edition $18.99

*The per performance fee begins at $80. Your per performance fee will be provided during the ordering process.

Play Details

After seeing her fiance kiss another woman at the televised Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mary's life falls apart -- just in time for the holidays. Over the next year, she stumbles back into the dating world, where "romance" ranges from weird and creepy to absurd and comical. It seems nothing can help Mary's growing cynicism, until the charm and innocence of a five-year-old boy unexpectedly brings a new outlook on life and love. This heartwarming one-woman play offers a hilarious and modern alternative to the old standards of the holiday season.

An alternate version for a larger cast is available; contact Playscripts for details.

View playwright Ginna Hoben's updates and alternative lines for 2017 here.

  • Comedy/Holiday/Solo Play
  • 70 - 90 minutes
  • 1 f
  • Content Notes: Adult language.
  • Set: Minimal.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-037-2

Published Reviews

"Hoben has created a woman's show to join the annual, male-dominated Christmas lineup, but like Santaland Diaries, it is a tale of real life and holiday hope touching us all."

Eric Minton, Shakespeareances.com

"...if you prefer to have your Christmas message wrapped in a show with a punch more like a vodka tonic than a sugary sweet candy cane, Twelve Dates is for you -- whether you are dating or not."

Mary Burruss, Culture Nuts

"...witty, funny and light-hearted and avoids becoming depressing in the face of Mary's broken-heartedness."

Laura Ginesi, Behind the Arras

"...merry, amusing, touching and inspiring."

Lauren Housman, High Plains Reader

"The perfect pre-Christmas treat."

Lisa Mulch, Columbus Underground

"...a feel-good play that certainly set me up for the festive season."

Selwyn Knight, thepublicreviews.com

"...a totally engaging hour and a half. It's funny, touching, has ups and downs, and constantly comes unnervingly close to our own lives."

Alexander Ray Edser, Reviewsgate.com

"The Twelve Dates of Christmas doesn't fall prey to the typical cliches of heartbreak sagas or holiday theater, and touches on the reality of disappointment without crossing over into doom and gloom."

Kim Ruehl, www.mountaintix.com

"The Twelve Dates of Christmas is a fun, flirty romp through the highs and lows of one New York actress's quest for happy couplehood."

Candace Chaney, Lexington Herald-Leader

"Witty, funny...light-hearted and touching."

Charles Culbertson, The Daily Newsleader (2010)

"The play is hilarious. I don't believe I've ever laughed as much (or as audibly)..."

Mid-Atlantic Traveler

"Ginna Hoben, actress, got up on the Blackfriars Playhouse stage, put her talent and creative vision on the line and earned for herself yet a fourth title -- Ginna Hoben, success."

Charles Culbertson, Staunton Newsleader(2011)

"The performance is perfection and ends all too soon without a contrived conclusion."

Tony Kiss, Asheville Citizen-Times

Production History

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Location
DEC 29, 2017 - JAN 05, 2017
Kali Productions
New York, NY United States
Kali Productions New York, NY United States
DEC 21, 2017 - DEC 23, 2017
Canyon Moon Theatre
Flagstaff, AZ United States
Canyon Moon Theatre Flagstaff, AZ United States
DEC 03, 2017 - DEC 17, 2017
Lakeshore Players Theatre
White Bear Lake, MN United States
Lakeshore Players Theatre White Bear Lake, MN United States
DEC 01, 2017 - DEC 10, 2017
Tennessee Women's Theater Project
Nashville, TN United States
Tennessee Women's Theater Project Nashville, TN United States
NOV 18, 2017 - NOV 19, 2017
Elizabethtown College Theatre
Elizabethtown, PA United States
Elizabethtown College Theatre Elizabethtown, PA United States
DEC 10, 2016 - DEC 19, 2016
Catalyst Stage
Newton, MA United States
Catalyst Stage Newton, MA United States
DEC 03, 2016 - DEC 03, 2016
N/A
New York, NY United States
N/A New York, NY United States
DEC 03, 2016 - DEC 03, 2016
Morgan State University
Baltimore, MD United States
Morgan State University Baltimore, MD United States
DEC 02, 2016 - DEC 02, 2016
Morgan State University
Baltimore, MD United States
Morgan State University Baltimore, MD United States
DEC 02, 2016 - DEC 02, 2016
Art House Productions
Jersey City, NJ United States
Art House Productions Jersey City, NJ United States
DEC 02, 2016 - DEC 11, 2016
Tennessee Women's Theater Project
Nashville, TN United States
Tennessee Women's Theater Project Nashville, TN United States
DEC 01, 2016 - DEC 03, 2016
Cloud County Community College
Concordia, KS United States
Cloud County Community College Concordia, KS United States
NOV 30, 2016 - DEC 31, 2016
American Shakespeare Center
Staunton, VA United States
American Shakespeare Center Staunton, VA United States
NOV 26, 2016 - DEC 23, 2016
Aurora Theatre Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA United States
Aurora Theatre Inc. Lawrenceville, GA United States
DEC 11, 2015 - DEC 20, 2015
Bayou City Theatrics
Houston, TX United States
Bayou City Theatrics Houston, TX United States
DEC 04, 2015 - DEC 13, 2015
Tennessee Women's Theater Project
Nashville, TN United States
Tennessee Women's Theater Project Nashville, TN United States
DEC 04, 2015 - DEC 19, 2015
Rubber City Shakespeare Company
Akron, OH United States
Rubber City Shakespeare Company Akron, OH United States
DEC 02, 2015 - DEC 31, 2015
American Shakespeare Center
Staunton, VA United States
American Shakespeare Center Staunton, VA United States
NOV 28, 2015 - DEC 30, 2015
Cape May Stage
Cape May, NJ United States
Cape May Stage Cape May, NJ United States
NOV 27, 2015 - DEC 19, 2015
Aurora Theatre Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA United States
Aurora Theatre Inc. Lawrenceville, GA United States
FEB 13, 2015 - FEB 14, 2015
Pullman Civic Theatre
Pullman, WA United States
Pullman Civic Theatre Pullman, WA United States
DEC 29, 2014 - DEC 29, 2014
Sonoma Valley Shakespeare Company
Sonoma, CA United States
Sonoma Valley Shakespeare Company Sonoma, CA United States
DEC 18, 2014 - DEC 21, 2014
Annie Kalahurka
Crestview Hills, KY United States
Annie Kalahurka Crestview Hills, KY United States
DEC 12, 2014 - DEC 14, 2014
Brentwood Theater Company 501(c)(3)
Brentwood, CA United States
Brentwood Theater Company 501(c)(3) Brentwood, CA United States
DEC 09, 2014 - DEC 13, 2014
Old Joint Stock Theatre Company
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Old Joint Stock Theatre Company Birmingham, United Kingdom
DEC 06, 2014 - DEC 07, 2014
Brentwood Theater Company 501(c)(3)
Brentwood, CA United States
Brentwood Theater Company 501(c)(3) Brentwood, CA United States
DEC 06, 2014 - DEC 07, 2014
Sonoma Valley Shakespeare Company
Sonoma, CA United States
Sonoma Valley Shakespeare Company Sonoma, CA United States
DEC 05, 2014 - DEC 05, 2014
Brentwood Theater Company 501(c)(3)
Brentwood, CA United States
Brentwood Theater Company 501(c)(3) Brentwood, CA United States
DEC 03, 2014 - DEC 24, 2014
American Shakespeare Center
Staunton, VA United States
American Shakespeare Center Staunton, VA United States
NOV 29, 2014 - DEC 20, 2014
Aurora Theatre Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA United States
Aurora Theatre Inc. Lawrenceville, GA United States
NOV 21, 2014 - NOV 21, 2014
Doxa Deo
Alberton, South Africa
Doxa Deo Alberton, South Africa
DEC 12, 2013 - DEC 22, 2013
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Colorado Springs, CO United States
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Colorado Springs, CO United States
DEC 11, 2013 - DEC 21, 2013
New Edgecliff Theatre
Cincinnati, OH United States
New Edgecliff Theatre Cincinnati, OH United States
DEC 10, 2013 - DEC 29, 2013
Act II Playhouse
Ambler, PA United States
Act II Playhouse Ambler, PA United States
DEC 06, 2013 - DEC 21, 2013
Aurora Theatre Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA United States
Aurora Theatre Inc. Lawrenceville, GA United States
DEC 05, 2013 - DEC 06, 2013
Forest Roberts Theatre - Panowski Black Box
Marquette, MI United States
Forest Roberts Theatre - Panowski Black Box Marquette, MI United States
DEC 04, 2013 - DEC 29, 2013
Elden Street Players
Herndon, VA United States
Elden Street Players Herndon, VA United States
DEC 04, 2013 - DEC 29, 2013
Elden Street Players
Arlington, VA United States
Elden Street Players Arlington, VA United States
DEC 04, 2013 - DEC 27, 2013
American Shakespeare Center
Staunton, VA United States
American Shakespeare Center Staunton, VA United States
NOV 29, 2013 - DEC 22, 2013
Asae Dean Productions
Portland, OR United States
Asae Dean Productions Portland, OR United States
NOV 26, 2013 - NOV 29, 2013
Old Joint Stock Theatre Company
Croydon, United Kingdom
Old Joint Stock Theatre Company Croydon, United Kingdom
NOV 06, 2013 - NOV 17, 2013
Class 6 Theatre
Phoenix, AZ United States
Class 6 Theatre Phoenix, AZ United States
NOV 01, 2013 - NOV 16, 2013
Pygmalion Productions
Salt Lake City, UT United States
Pygmalion Productions Salt Lake City, UT United States
DEC 31, 2012 - JAN 12, 2013
Renaissance Theatre
Lynchburg, VA United States
Renaissance Theatre Lynchburg, VA United States
DEC 07, 2012 - DEC 07, 2012
Mansion Players
Shanghai, China
Mansion Players Shanghai, China
DEC 07, 2012 - DEC 22, 2012
Baltimore Shakespeare Factory
Baltimore, MD United States
Baltimore Shakespeare Factory Baltimore, MD United States
DEC 05, 2012 - DEC 15, 2012
Old Joint Stock Theatre
Birmingham, England
Old Joint Stock Theatre Birmingham, England
DEC 01, 2012 - DEC 22, 2012
New Edgecliff Theatre
Cincinnati, OH United States
New Edgecliff Theatre Cincinnati, OH United States
NOV 28, 2012 - DEC 28, 2012
American Shakespeare Center
Staunton, VA United States
American Shakespeare Center Staunton, VA United States
NOV 23, 2012 - DEC 23, 2012
Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO)
Columbus, OH United States
Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO) Columbus, OH United States
NOV 22, 2012 - DEC 29, 2012
Theatre B
Fargo, ND United States
Theatre B Fargo, ND United States
NOV 09, 2012 - NOV 10, 2012
Independent Production by Karen Volpe
Burnsfield, NC United States
Independent Production by Karen Volpe Burnsfield, NC United States
NOV 03, 2012 - NOV 04, 2012
Independent Production by Karen Volpe
Fredonia, NY United States
Independent Production by Karen Volpe Fredonia, NY United States
DEC 09, 2011 - DEC 17, 2011
Project SEE Theatre
Lexington, KY United States
Project SEE Theatre Lexington, KY United States
DEC 02, 2011 - DEC 29, 2011
The American Shakespeare Center
Staunton, VA United States
The American Shakespeare Center Staunton, VA United States
NOV 30, 2011 - DEC 18, 2011
NC Stage Company
Asheville, NC United States
NC Stage Company Asheville, NC United States
JUL 30, 2011 - AUG 06, 2011
Manhattan Repertory Theatre One-Act Festival
New York, NY United States
Manhattan Repertory Theatre One-Act Festival New York, NY United States
NOV 30, 2010 - DEC 29, 2010
The American Shakespeare Center
Staunton, VA United States
The American Shakespeare Center Staunton, VA United States
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DEC 29, 2017 - JAN 05, 2017
Kali Productions
New York, NY United States
Kali Productions New York, NY United States
DEC 21, 2017 - DEC 23, 2017
Canyon Moon Theatre
Flagstaff, AZ United States
Canyon Moon Theatre Flagstaff, AZ United States
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Production Group
Location
DEC 01, 2017 - DEC 10, 2017
Tennessee Women's Theater Project
Nashville, TN United States
Tennessee Women's Theater Project Nashville, TN United States
DEC 02, 2016 - DEC 11, 2016
Tennessee Women's Theater Project
Nashville, TN United States
Tennessee Women's Theater Project Nashville, TN United States
NOV 30, 2016 - DEC 31, 2016
American Shakespeare Center
Staunton, VA United States
American Shakespeare Center Staunton, VA United States
NOV 26, 2016 - DEC 23, 2016
Aurora Theatre Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA United States
Aurora Theatre Inc. Lawrenceville, GA United States
DEC 04, 2015 - DEC 13, 2015
Tennessee Women's Theater Project
Nashville, TN United States
Tennessee Women's Theater Project Nashville, TN United States
DEC 04, 2015 - DEC 19, 2015
Rubber City Shakespeare Company
Akron, OH United States
Rubber City Shakespeare Company Akron, OH United States
DEC 02, 2015 - DEC 31, 2015
American Shakespeare Center
Staunton, VA United States
American Shakespeare Center Staunton, VA United States
NOV 28, 2015 - DEC 30, 2015
Cape May Stage
Cape May, NJ United States
Cape May Stage Cape May, NJ United States
NOV 27, 2015 - DEC 19, 2015
Aurora Theatre Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA United States
Aurora Theatre Inc. Lawrenceville, GA United States
DEC 09, 2014 - DEC 13, 2014
Old Joint Stock Theatre Company
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Old Joint Stock Theatre Company Birmingham, United Kingdom
DEC 03, 2014 - DEC 24, 2014
American Shakespeare Center
Staunton, VA United States
American Shakespeare Center Staunton, VA United States
NOV 29, 2014 - DEC 20, 2014
Aurora Theatre Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA United States
Aurora Theatre Inc. Lawrenceville, GA United States
DEC 12, 2013 - DEC 22, 2013
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Colorado Springs, CO United States
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Colorado Springs, CO United States
DEC 11, 2013 - DEC 21, 2013
New Edgecliff Theatre
Cincinnati, OH United States
New Edgecliff Theatre Cincinnati, OH United States
DEC 10, 2013 - DEC 29, 2013
Act II Playhouse
Ambler, PA United States
Act II Playhouse Ambler, PA United States
DEC 06, 2013 - DEC 21, 2013
Aurora Theatre Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA United States
Aurora Theatre Inc. Lawrenceville, GA United States
DEC 04, 2013 - DEC 29, 2013
Elden Street Players
Herndon, VA United States
Elden Street Players Herndon, VA United States
DEC 04, 2013 - DEC 29, 2013
Elden Street Players
Arlington, VA United States
Elden Street Players Arlington, VA United States
DEC 04, 2013 - DEC 27, 2013
American Shakespeare Center
Staunton, VA United States
American Shakespeare Center Staunton, VA United States
NOV 26, 2013 - NOV 29, 2013
Old Joint Stock Theatre Company
Croydon, United Kingdom
Old Joint Stock Theatre Company Croydon, United Kingdom
NOV 01, 2013 - NOV 16, 2013
Pygmalion Productions
Salt Lake City, UT United States
Pygmalion Productions Salt Lake City, UT United States
DEC 07, 2012 - DEC 22, 2012
Baltimore Shakespeare Factory
Baltimore, MD United States
Baltimore Shakespeare Factory Baltimore, MD United States
DEC 05, 2012 - DEC 15, 2012
Old Joint Stock Theatre
Birmingham, England
Old Joint Stock Theatre Birmingham, England
DEC 01, 2012 - DEC 22, 2012
New Edgecliff Theatre
Cincinnati, OH United States
New Edgecliff Theatre Cincinnati, OH United States
NOV 28, 2012 - DEC 28, 2012
American Shakespeare Center
Staunton, VA United States
American Shakespeare Center Staunton, VA United States
NOV 23, 2012 - DEC 23, 2012
Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO)
Columbus, OH United States
Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO) Columbus, OH United States
NOV 22, 2012 - DEC 29, 2012
Theatre B
Fargo, ND United States
Theatre B Fargo, ND United States
NOV 09, 2012 - NOV 10, 2012
Independent Production by Karen Volpe
Burnsfield, NC United States
Independent Production by Karen Volpe Burnsfield, NC United States
NOV 03, 2012 - NOV 04, 2012
Independent Production by Karen Volpe
Fredonia, NY United States
Independent Production by Karen Volpe Fredonia, NY United States
DEC 09, 2011 - DEC 17, 2011
Project SEE Theatre
Lexington, KY United States
Project SEE Theatre Lexington, KY United States
DEC 02, 2011 - DEC 29, 2011
The American Shakespeare Center
Staunton, VA United States
The American Shakespeare Center Staunton, VA United States
NOV 30, 2011 - DEC 18, 2011
NC Stage Company
Asheville, NC United States
NC Stage Company Asheville, NC United States
NOV 30, 2010 - DEC 29, 2010
The American Shakespeare Center
Staunton, VA United States
The American Shakespeare Center Staunton, VA United States