KRAMPUS CLAUS is Coming to Town

KTC_Krampus Claus logoYou’ve been good, right? You probably have nothing to worry about.

Just in time for Christmas, Radio Know brings you a brand-new audio drama about famous figures from holiday folklore. Written by Cincinnati-area playwright and Fringe Festival artist Sean P. Mette, Krampus Claus is a full-length, full-cast radio play that brings a fresh take on Yuletide stories from Germanic, Celtic, Icelandic, and Slavic traditions. It will be available from the evening of December 14.

Many years ago, Krampus, the legendary Christmas demon, faced down and defeated the greatest evil he’s ever known: St. Nicholas, who had begun gorging himself on naughty children. Krampus and his wife, the probably-mostly-reformed Christmas witch Frau Perchta, were left to handle the delivery of toys to Christmas-celebrating children the world over. But now, an ill wind is blowing, the chains that bind Nicholas are weakening, and a final reckoning must come between Krampus and the forces of darkness.

Krampus Claus is the perfect show for audiences who want to celebrate Christmas with a story they haven’t heard a million times before. It’s an epic holiday action-adventure tale about love, loyalty, and the fearless pursuit of redemption. Patrons can purchase it for download from our website,, for five dollars. Radio Know productions are perfect listening for your commute, your workout, or whenever you usually listen to podcasts.

Radio Know is the audio play brand of the Know Theatre of Cincinnati, created as part of the Know’s response to the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Every month, we produce a brand-new radio play highlighting tons of local talent. Each radio play can be purchased for individual download, or patrons can join the Radio Know Listeners’ Club, our subscription service that brings each new Radio Know production to members’ email inboxes before it’s available for general purchase.

Playwright Sean P. Mette’s other recent works include the immersive walkthrough ghost story, Silent Scream, produced this past Halloween by the Carnegie as a socially-distanced theatre experience, as well as many popular Cincinnati Fringe Festival shows like Billy and Furlesque. Krampus Claus features the voices of James Creque as Krampus, Kate Mock Elliott as Frau Perchta, Abe Goldfarb as St. Nicholas, Adam Tran as the Slavic dark god Chernobag, Jared Earland as the sullen elf Ulbrecht, and Kate Stark, Kearston Hawkins-Johnson, and Zoe Rose Davidson as the magically-inclined daughters of Krampus. 


  • James Creque as Krampus
  • Kate Mock Elliott as Frau Perchta
  • Abe Goldfarb as St. Nicholas
  • Adam Tran as Chernobag
  • Jared Earland as Ulbrecht
  • Kate Stark as Orla
  • Kearston Hawkins-Johnson as Aisling
  • Zoe Rose Davidson as Cahira
  • Andrew J. Hungerford as Bertram the Raven


  • Director: Liz Carman
  • Radio Know Producer/Editor: Zach Robinson
  • Sound Designer: Douglas J. Borntrager
  • Project Manager: Meghan Winter
  • Graphic Designer: Kayla Williams


Production: Krampus Claus by Sean P. Mette
Release Date: December 14, 2020
Where: Online, available at
Tickets: The cost to download is $5. 

Know Theatre is Cincinnati’s Theatrical Playground. The Know showcases unexpected voices, new works, and plays that embrace the inherent theatricality of the live experience. Know Theatre seeks to be a place where artists and audiences feel welcome to take artistic risks, creating work that is cutting edge and accessible.

Know Theatre’s work is made possible, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Know Theatre with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. 

Know Theatre is also supported by The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, helping to change our communities for the better through collaboration and innovation, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, which provides a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving. 

 Know Theatre is a member of Theatre Communications Group and an Associate Member of the National New Play Network.


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