Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre
adapted by JOE LANDRY
from the screenplay by FRANCES GOODRICH, ALBERT HACKETT, FRANK CAPRA and JO SWERLING
directed by JENNA WARE
featuring JONATHAN CROY, DAVID JOSEPH and JOSH AARON McCABE
A perfect show for the holiday season. It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, inspired by Frank Capra’s classic 1946 film starring Donna Reed and James Stewart, is filled with just the right hint of nostalgia, charm and straight-from-the-heart moments. In true old-fashioned radio style, Ware brings audiences this poignant, funny and unique play-within-a-play that will leave you believing in angels!
It’s Christmas Eve 1945 and George Bailey, owner of a building and loan association in the small town of Bedford Falls, New York loses an $8,000 bank deposit, which threatens to ruin his business, personal, and family life. Just as George falls deeper into despair, and believing himself to be a complete failure, an ‘angel’ named Clarence appears and shows George what the world would have been like if he’d never been born. George sees the value of his “wonderful” life, and Clarence “wins his wings” for helping to save George’s soul.
Much like our take on the 2011 hit production of War of the Worlds, Ware relies on five actors to play all the roles, of which there are over 50, and includes live radio commercials, home grown sound effects, and a pre-show welcome into the ‘recording studio’ that is sure to warm the hearts and toes of audiences young and old.