1F. One-Act Monologue (10 min). Mrs Claus explains how she and
Santa first met, in this charming one woman monologue.

*Winner of the GottaGo! Newsletter's "Favorite of the Evening" award
in 2011*

"Moving without deviation in the direction of Christmas sweetness, spiced
with gentle humor, was Gayle Steigerwald's monologue,
, by Daniel Guyton." (Jay Harvey, IndyStar.com, 2011)

"Rocking into the Gotta Go spotlight this week is Gayle Steigerwald in
HOW I MET YOUR SANTA, the tale of her first meeting with Saint Nick.
The delightful tale is all the more sentimental because of Steigerwald's
tender storytelling ability. You will find yourself believing every word of
the future Mrs. Claus' account of the Christmas she encountered the jolly
elf in her childhood home. It is no surprise that this piece earns the Gotta
Go "favorite of the evening" award once I realized afterward that it had
been written by Daniel Guyton. You'll remember Guyton receiving my
"favorite of the evening" in 2009 during Phoenix Theatre's
A Very
Phoenix Xmas 4: Our Stockings are Stuffed
with "Death of a
." Guyton brings tender, real moments to the stage without
slipping down the too-much slope." (Elizabeth J Musgrave,

"This is a handy little monologue for the Christmas season, a nice piece
of storytelling for a talented middle-aged lady - these opportunities don't
come up as often as they should, so kudos to Guyton for giving us this
gift!" (Lainie Vansant,
New Play Exchange, 2018)

"The sixth version of the Phoenix Theatre's annual holiday revue is a
blend of spoken and sung comedy, poignancy and insight into the
ambivalence that surrounds Christmas celebrations... Daniel Guyton's
HOW I MET YOUR SANTA" ensures that the sentimental side is not
ignored." (Jay Harvey,
IndyStar.com, 2011)

"Oh, how sweet and wonderful your monologue is... I hope you receive
TONS of productions of this sweet and moving piece." (Mary Steelsmith,
Playwrights' Binge, 2011)

HOW I MET YOUR SANTA... Simply amazing!" (Alison Becker,
Phoenix Theatre, 2011)

-Produced by the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, IN, 2011
-Published by
Heuer Publishing in 2012
-Produced by
Hidalgo Early College High School in Hidalgo, TX, 2012
-Produced by the
Daggett School District in Manila, UT, 2012
-Produced by the
AFVW Village Masquers in Riverside, CA, 2012
-Produced by
South Sioux City High School in S. Sioux City, NE, 2012
-Produced by
Kirtland High School in Kirtland, OH, 2013
-Produced by the
Piney Fork Press Theatre in Manhattan, NY, 2014
-Produced by
St. John Paul II High School in Corpus Christi, TX, 2014
-Produced by
Sauk Prarie Theatre Guild in Prairie du Sac, WI, 2014
-Produced by
Mostly Harmless Productions in Schenectady, NY, 2014
-Produced by
Altercare of Hilliard in Canal Winchester, OH, 2014
-Produced by
Malverne Community Theatre in Malverne, NY, 2015
-Produced by
Sanibel Congress'l Church of Christ in Sanibel, FL, 2015
-Produced by
Jordan Valley Schools in Jordan Valley, OR, 2016
-Produced by
Newnan High School in Newnan, GA, 2016
-Produced by
Queensland Conservatorium in Woolloongabba, Aus, 2017
-Produced by
Mesa East Playhouse in Duluth, MN, 2018
-Produced by
LaFourche Pupil Appraisal Center in Thibodaux, LA, 2018
 (18 Productions)

Review by Elizabeth J Musgrave of GottaGo.us (2011)
Review by Jay Harvey of IndyStar.com (2011)
Newspaper article by Jay Harvey of IndyStar.com (2011)
Press Release on Wordpress.com (2011)
Review by Katelyn Coyne of Nuvo.com (2011)
Review of Lighting of the Malverne by LIHerald.com (2015)
How I Met Your Santa