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It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Adapted by Joe Landry


November 10, 11*, 16, 17, 18, 25, 30, Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 @ 7:30pm

November 12, 19**, 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17 @ 2pm

*denotes PAY-WHAT-YOU-WISH performance

**denotes talk back performance 

† denotes captioned performance

Directed by: Christopher Willson & Melissa Taylor

It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play is a twist on the classic holiday movie. Set in a radio studio in the 1940s, we meet an actor who plays: George Bailey, a man who's always wanted to leave his small town for bigger and better things. But you know the story - when a financial crisis hits and he contemplates suicide, an angel shows him what the world would be like without him. Chaos ensues as George tries to set things right, with the help of his friends and family. But with the sound effects team in the radio station adding their own unique touch, things don't always go as planned.

Featuring pre-show performances by the Reno Retro Radio Dolls on Nov. 11, 16, & Dec. 9 starting at 6:45 pm.


Adam Semas as Jake Laurents

Stephen Schillo as Harry "Jazzbo" Heywood

Jim Sturtevant as Freddy Filmore

Melody Ricketts as Sally Applewhite

Hannah Johnson as Lana Sherwood

Marissa Seaman as Foley Artist


Asst. Direction: Liliana Abel-Suarez

Stage Manager: Kendra Olson

Asst. Stage Manager: Felicia Dominguez

Original Music and Musical Arrangements by Kevin Connors

Scenic, Lighting, Prop, & Sound Designer: Chad Sweet

Accent & Dialect Coach: Rosie Brownlow-Calkin

Intimacy Directer: Thomas Rao

Costumer: Gene Brown

Dramaturg: Luis Galvez


Why "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play?"- a statement from the Artistic Leadership Committee

"It’s a classic story our audiences are sure to know and love, but one that will offer our artists a unique set of storytelling challenges and opportunities. It’s a Wonderful Life reminds us that sometimes it’s hard to recognize our individual impact in the world and gives us the opportunity to witness how even the smallest kindnesses can have a great impact on those around us. A message that speaks directly to our mission and reminds us about the importance of community."

"IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY FULL LENGTH VERSION is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection. ("

OFF BOOK Interview with co-director Melissa Taylor

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