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Abby Koenig in The Jew Who Loved Christmas

Beloved and unique troupe Horse Head Theater Company is hosting its second annual Holiday Huzzah on Saturday, Dec. 19. The holiday playground of sorts showcases interactive games, festive cocktails, a silent auction and raffle to kick off the gift-giving season. In true Horse Head fashion, the evening also features a festive, off-beat addition to the Christmas-themed festivities: The Jew Who Loved Christmas, a one-woman show about what it means to left out in the cold during the holiday season.

Founded in 2009, Horse Head Theater Company has been known for its use of “found” spaces, producing plays and extraordinary theatrical events outside of traditional theatre locales. Committed to using local talent combined with non-traditional methods, Horse Head aims—run by theater buffs whom have had stints at places like Alley and Main Street theaters—to produce theatrically designed experiences for Houston audiences. Past venues include the Obsidian Artn Space, Bar Boheme, The Silo, and Brewery Tap among many others.

Not only an end of the year shindig, the Holiday Huzzah serves as a modest fundraiser for the theater group. "Event proceeds will fund our future projects, supporting us in bringing Houston audience extraordinary works like our 2015 summer commission, The Whale; or, Moby-Dick," explains producer and artistic director Jacey M. Little. 

Adding to the holiday shenanigans, guests are encouraged to wear their most fabulously festive holiday attire. "1980s one-piece snowsuits? Do it. Terrifying Krampus costume? Sounds great! Giant candy cane? Love it! Ugly sweaters are just the tip of the iceberg," says Little. 

Houston locals have generously donated items which will be up for grabs at this year's event including a DJ Dr Phil Good party package, a portrait/headshot by Cressandra Thibodeaux, an Urban Goddess tarot card reading and love potions, a keg party a PJ's Sports Bar, a William Lloyd painting, a Houston Museum of Natural Science membership, tickets to the River Oak's Chamber Orchestra's Beer and Brass at Saint Arnold Brewery and much more.

For Koenig’s submission to the festivities, she reached back to her own experiences during the holiday season. The multi-media show is a graceful dark comedy which reflects on the origins of old and new family traditions.

"It's an autobiographical exploration of my Jewish family, who­—very oddly—always celebrated Christmas, although no one really knows why," Koenig recalls. Expect heartfelt, emotional, very, very funny soliloquies highlighted by family pictures, and maybe even a cameo from good ol' St. Nick.