It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (2019)

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast.

Nov 30th to Dec 7th 2019

Written by Joe Landry

Directed by Richard Warren

Christmas Eve, New York City, 1946. In a studio at radio station WBFR, five actors gather for a live broadcast of the classic Christmas story "It's A Wonderful Life". Between them, they have 51 parts to play - and, with a dedicated Studio Manager and a ridiculously overworked sound operator, more than 60 different sound effects to create. All performed in the time-honoured radio way: live, with whatever the sound op (and the actors) can find to make all the right noises, at all the right times. Then there's the commercial break. Where, to satisfy the sponsors, ads also have to be performed, and jingles sung....

Joe Landry's inventive 2006 stage play is a delightful, highly theatrical version of one of the most popular Hollywood films of all time. It's a huge challenge for actors who need to be versatile, agile, and full of energy. And a sound team who need to work - in full view of the audience - to create live effects, from cracking ice to jumping in a river.

It should be festive and heart-warming for the audience - and terrifying for the cast and crew...

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This amateur production by the Criterion Theatre Company is by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.