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For the past eight Christmases, playwright/performers Jeffrey Moore and Rachel Klem have starred as Meemaw Hussy and Lorraine Dodson in A Trailer Park Christmas at Durham's Common Ground Theatre

This Year’s Tacky, Uproarious Trailer Park Christmas Is Common Ground’s Swan Song

Common Ground Theatre co-founder Rachel Klem has appropriately decided to stage, for the eighth year, her original one-act A Trailer Park Christmas, making it the last production before the 13-year-old theater’s imminent closing later this month. With the decades-long traditional winter productions of Raleigh Little Theatre’s Cinderella and Theatre in the Park’s A Christmas Carol,… Read More ›

Playwrights Jeffrey Moore and Rachel Klem star in "A Trailer Park Christmas" in Durham

“A Trailer Park Christmas” Is (Thankfully) Not Your Standard Holiday Fare

During the holiday season, most theaters feature somewhat saccharine,  family friendly tales about Santas and Scrooges, but Common Ground, for the past few years, has offered up a different kind of Christmas tradition—a hilarious, heavy-on-audience-participation, third-wall-breaking, trashy little Christmas tale dubbed “A Trailer Park Christmas.” Written by Rachel Klem, who also serves as director, and… Read More ›

Playwright/performers Jeffrey Moore (left) and Rachel Klem will reprise their roles as Meewmaw Hussey and Loraine Dodson in "A Trailer Park Christmas" Dec. 13-23 at Common Ground Theatre

The Fifth Edition of Jeffrey Moore and Rachel Klem’s Zany “Trailer Park Christmas” Opens on Dec. 13th

Common Ground Theatre will present its fifth annual production of filmmaker Jeffrey Moore and Common Ground Theatre owner and manager Rachel Klem’s zany Southern-fried comedy, “A Trailer Park Christmas,” on Dec. 13-16 and 20-23 in Durham, NC. In the best “Hee-Haw” style, this interactive multimedia holiday extravaganza is set in the festively decorated doublewide trailer of Dale and Loraine Dodson (Jeff Alguire and Rachel Klem) in Whispering Pines Trailer Park in West Durham.

The 2011 cast includes (from left) Rachel Klem as Loraine Dodson, David Klionsky as Rat Snake, Raúl Granados as Junior Dodson, Jeffrey Moore as Meemaw Hussy, Nancy Pekar as Lou Ann, Jeff Alguire as Dale Dodson, Annie Zipper as Jolene Dodson, and Jenn Evans as Little Leah (photo courtesy Common Ground Theatre)

“A Trailer Park Christmas” Is a Zany Southern-Fried Comedy, Written by Jeffrey Moore and Rachel Klem

Forget about saccharine, sentimental stories of Christmas Eve redemption, the Dodson/Hussy family is partying like its 1999, in a seedy trailer park about to be leveled by a nasty tornado. And if the twister doesn’t get them, their greedy landlords will be there in the morning with a bulldozer.

Top row (from left) Nancy Pekar, Chris Burner, and Jeff Alguire and bottom row (from left) Raul Granados, Annie Zipper, Jeffrey Moore, and Tracey Coppedge (photo by Rachel Klem)

“A Trailer Park Christmas” Returns to Common Ground Theatre in Durham on Dec. 9th

Common Ground Theatre will present its third annual production of “A Trailer Park Christmas,” Jeffrey Moore and Rachel Klem’s interactive multimedia holiday extravaganza, on Dec. 9-12 and 15-19. Klem and co-director Rus Hames will stage this Southern-fried comedy, which is set in Whispering Pines Trailer Park in West Durham.