Cover photo by Joan Marcus

Looking at Christmas

Steven Banks
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The PDF ePlay version includes both the original version of the play and a version in manuscript conceived specifically for virtual productions such as live and recorded streaming.

The Alternative Version, available as a PDF manuscript, is suitable for high school/community theater audiences and ages.

This title may also be purchased in the following bundle at 20% off the regular price: THE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION


Christmas Eve. New York City. An aspiring writer and a struggling actress meet while looking at the famous holiday windows, and the characters in the displays come to life and look back at them, including a lecherous elf with eyes for Mrs. Claus; Scrooge and Tiny Tim arguing about being portrayed as zombies; a street-wise Little Match Girl; Jim from “The Gift of the Magi” enjoying his wife’s new androgynous haircut; and a jealous Joseph The Carpenter. A smart, sweet, slightly twisted holiday romantic comedy.

Production Info

Cast: 4 total (2 female, 2 male, flexible casting, up to 17 actors)
Full Length Comedy (about 90 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Period Costumes

Press Quotes

“Original, brash and bursting with theatrical energy … The irreverent but charming characters and occasional pokes at tradition in LOOKING AT CHRISTMAS make this play a very good gift.” —

“For audiences seeking a Christmas holiday show with a sly and witty New York point of view, LOOKING AT CHRISTMAS is just the ticket. A real treat.” —

“Absolutely charming and impressive … Remarkably heartwarming … Characters are whimsical delights that spur the broadest smile.” —TheaterMania

“You would have to be a major league Grinch not to be charmed … A sharp, contemporary New York holiday story … A delightful mix of sentimentality and cynicism that is the perfect representation of Christmas in Manhattan. If you’re looking for a holiday show with a slight edge, you will love LOOKING AT CHRISTMAS. It has the feel of a new Christmas perennial.” —Connecticut News

About the Author


  • Steven Banks

    Steven Banks is an Emmy–nominated writer of SpongeBob Squarepants. He wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed one-man play HOME ENTERTAINMENT CENTER which was filmed for Showtime, and won LA Weekly, Dramalouge and Bay Area Critic's Circle Awards. His books include King of the Creeps published by Knopf. Other plays include LOVE TAPES (co-written by Penn Jillette), HER LAST REQUEST, BILLY THE MIME, AMERICA LOVE SEX DEATH and PILOBOLUS'S SHADOWLAND.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 12/6/2016
Pages 78
ISBN 9780881456875

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

First Presented in New York City by The Flea Theater
Jim Simpson, Artistic Director; Carol Ostrow, Producing Director

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Looking at Christmas is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC

Production Stills

Production Stills


Allison Buck and Michael Micalizzi in the New York City premiere of LOOKING AT CHRISTMAS at The Flea Theater. Photo by Joan Marcus


Betsy Lippitt and Raul Sigmund Julia. Photo by Joan Marcus


Christian Adam Jacobs and Betsy Lippitt. Photo by Joan Marcus


Raul Sigmund Julia and Turna Meete. Photo by Joan Marcus


Michael Micalizzi and Allison Buck. Photo by Joan Marcus

Upcoming and Recent Productions


1/5/2019 – 1/5/2019
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Jamestown, NY

12/14/2018 – 12/15/2018
Lansing Community College
Lansing, MI

12/7/2018 – 12/16/2018
Schenectady Civic Players
Schenectady, NY

11/24/2018 – 12/16/2018
Driftwood Players
Aberdeen, WA

12/7/2017 – 12/9/2017
Olathe East High School
Olathe, KS