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Ghost Light Publications



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For Maya Kaplan, Christmas is her life… and she hates every minute of it. As acting manager of a year-round Christmas store, a job she reluctantly inherited after the owner (her mom) retired, Maya is force-fed jolly, subjected to hearing the same holiday songs on loop day after day after day. Fortunately, Maya’s nightmare will be coming to an end in a few months as the store will finally shutter its doors to become a Starbucks. Or will it? Enter Hugo McGee, a longtime customer devastated to learn of the store’s closing. Raised by a single mom, the store holds a special place in his heart. Refusing to allow a local institution to disappear, Hugo makes it his mission to raise the money and keep Yuletide Cheer open, despite Maya’s objections.

Hugo Saves Christmas…in May! is a heartfelt comedy about two people from different backgrounds, coming together and connecting through family, nostalgia, and the idea of Christmas.

  • Cast Size: 1M, 3W
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Approx runtime 75 mins
  • $75 per performance

*Cover design by Jonathan Cook

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About the Writer

Steven Hayet is a New Jersey playwright whose work has been performed from Los Angeles to London and New York to New Zealand. He is currently Playwright-in-Residence at Roaring Epiphany Production Company, an inclusion theatre company providing opportunities for actors with disabilities. His Willy Wonka-inspired EVERLASTING CHOCOLATE THERAPY was named Runner-Up for Best New Play by the BroadwayWorld Oklahoma Awards as well as a Semi-Finalist for both the Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival and B-Street Theatre’s New Comedies Festival. His short play DATE WITH DEATH has been performed over 60 times, including at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe opening the Big Bite Size Breakfast Show (Shortlist Winner, The Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award.) His short film, KEEP THE MUSIC GOING, written and recorded entirely on Zoom, had its world premiere at the Lighthouse International Film Festival (MovieMaker’s 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World 2020), and screened at the Life, the Universe, & Everything Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy where it received The Hope Award for its theme of connection and perseverance. Other scripts include HUGO SAVES CHRISTMAS...IN MAY! (Semi-Finalist, Bay Area Playwrights Festival), and short plays PLAYING WITH FIRED (Smith & Kraus's Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2019), TALKING POINTS (City Theatre), DINOSAUR (Short+Sweet Sydney), & THE PRESIDENCY OF WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON IN REAL TIME: A 10 MINUTE PLAY (Stray Kats Theatre Co.). He is a proud graduate of the College of William & Mary and Rutgers University.
Member of the Dramatists Guild.