Playwright Frank Oteri on jaded Santas, local theater

There aren't enough opportunities for local playwrights to please Frank Oteri. It's a shortage that drove Oteri to create A Very Dark Holiday Playwright Festivus at the Vintage Theatre, a showcase that spotlights work from six local writers. The show includes an original comedy from Oteri titled "Intimate Information," a vignette that features three jaded mall Santas swapping barbs about the holiday season. The show, which will wrap up on Dec. 30, also features works by Oteri, Jeffrey Neuman, Linda Berry, Laura Coe, Mark Sbani and Kurt Brighton, as well as live performances by local musicians. Westword caught up with the playwright and producer to talk about the holiday show, as well as the larger limitations of the Denver theater scene.