Not recommended for children under 12 (or those who still believe in Santa Claus).
Written and directed by David Templeton ('Wretch Like Me," 'Pinky,' 'Mary Shelley's Body') and performed by Mark Bradbury, ‘Polar Bears’ is a hilarious and poignant one-actor tour-de-force about family, fatherhood, Christmas, cookies, love, loss, holiday decorations, and the age old parental question, “Is there a right time for my kids to stop believing in Santa Claus?”
Told as a series of vivid memories, stirred up by stacks of Christmas supplies in an overcrowded attic, ‘Polar Bears’ is the story of David, an average father who finds himself in-over-his-head during one particular holiday season, back when his children, Jenna and Andy, were still small (and they still believed in old Saint Nick).
Since David’s own faith in Santa was lost when he was only four-years-old, he’s feeling the pressure to make sure the same doesn’t happen to Jenna and Andy. He goes to increasingly obsessive lengths to keep the kids' faith in Santa alive, devising a plan involving treasure hunts, letters from the North Pole, and an ever-growing list of “Santa Rules.” It all backfires, of course, in unexpectedly life-changing ways.
Based on a true story, ’Polar Bears' blends the sweet, narrative nostalgia of Jean Shepherd’s “A Christmas Story” with the sharp, observational honesty of David Sedaris’ “The Santaland Diaries,” creating a wholly original, twist-filled, wild ride of a tale, one that celebrates the power of love, the thrills of creativity, and the unpredictable magic of Christmas.