The Darien Arts Center is presenting a staged reading of Madeleine L’Engle’s The 24 Days Before Christmas on Saturday, Nov.  3 at 5 p.m. The play was adapted for the stage by internationally produced playwright Jason Pizzarello and is directed by Carole Claps, director at Curtain Call. Refreshments and a holiday craft for ages 5 and older will be available at 4:30 p.m. and a talkback will take place after the performance at 6:15 p.m. with Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter, Charlotte Jones Voiklis.

In The 24 Days Before Christmas, the Austin family has a cherished tradition of doing something special every day counting down to Christmas — from baking cookies to decorating the tree. The love between the members of the Austin family shines as bright as a Christmas star in the tale for the holiday season..

Included in the DAC cast are Adelaide Meny, Luke Ryan, Natalie Treacy, Phebe Childs, Alana Arco Peck, Elizabeth Gonnella, Sofia Condon, Nick Condon, Christopher Conte, Gonzalo Escajadillo and Louis Lehman. Executive Director of Open Arts Alliance and DAC Theatre Instructor Rocco Natale and Middlesex Middle School and Darien High School Musical Director Tim Sorenson also take the stage in the production.

Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited. RSVP to DAC Theatre Director Maria Pizzarello at There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door. Visit or call 203-655-8683 for more information. The DAC is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Darien Town Hall.