The old Waffle House order of “scattered, smothered and covered” hash browns has taken on a Southern drawl and a holiday twist.

Like last year, the Horizon Theatre in Atlanta’s Little Five Points is making the holidays a joyous occasion as the sellout hit play “Waffle Palace Christmas” returns to the stage.

According to a news release on the play, it was inspired by actual events at Waffle House restaurants and will hit the stage Nov. 22 through Dec. 29. It’s a holiday spinoff of the Horizon’s “Waffle Palace” play.

Actor Allen Edwards has two roles in the play: Bubba, a north Georgia good ol’ boy, and Hugo, an out-of-work philosophy professor who falls in love with a Waffle House waitress and marries her. Edwards said the play is unique as this standard holiday fable involves “a sad world which rediscovers the healing power of peace on Earth (and) goodwill to men.”

“This play is about a place already full of joy, love and goodwill growing out of the basic Southern ethos about hospitality and neighborliness,” he said.

Calling this Waffle House “little Eden,” he described the play as under the threat from the forces of modern life, “which isolates us from our friends and family and makes us all more than a little cranky.”

“Can this hospitable band of regular folks stay that way and will the love that is already there stand firm?” he said. “There is beauty in the everyday, in the life we know, and this is a good time of the year to rediscover the charm of sharing time together with our folks and family.”

In the release, Lisa Adler, the Horizon’s co-artistic and producing director, said traditions are an important part of this time of year.

“Waffle Palace Christmas is on its way to becoming a holiday favorite for years to come,” she said.

When asked why residents should see the play, Edwards said there is plenty of good cheer and storytelling in it, “which is a part of Atlanta’s everyday life and culture.”

“It is a Christmas play about our wonderful corner of America, which is our Atlanta, and is full of people we love, not because they are particularly great or beautiful, but because they are ours. They are us,” he said.

Tickets start at $27 on weekdays and $32 on weekends. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.horizontheatre.com.

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