Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus

by Bob Cooner

New York City, 1897. Christmas is almost here, and eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon is beside herself with excitement. Suddenly, though, she finds herself facing a crisis of belief when her friends tell her Santa Claus is a myth. Filled with doubt, Virginia asks everyone she knows to tell her the truth: Is Santa Claus real or not? Still unsure and dissatisfied, she finally takes her father’s advice and famously writes a letter to the New York Sun newspaper for a definitive answer to that most crucial of questions. Funny and heartwarming, this holiday play will delight audiences of all ages.

  • Cast Size: 2M 7F (3adults, 4 children)
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

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About the Playwright

Bob Cooner is a playwright, director, and actor in Sacramento, California. After growing up in Houston, Texas, and graduating from the University of Houston in 1979, Bob moved to New York City to pursue his dream of a life in the theatre. He worked as a professional actor and director in New York, regionally, and on tour. In 1989, Bob moved to Chicago where he continued to act and direct in local theatre. He earned his master’s degree in education from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1995 and began teaching high school English. Bob also met his husband, Matthew Abergel, in Chicago, and, in 1999, Bob and Matthew moved to California. In 2020, he retired from a long career as a teacher of English and theatre. Both Bob and Matthew are active in Sacramento-area theatre, most significantly at the historic Woodland Opera House. Bob’s plays have been produced in regional and educational theaters throughout the country.

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