I did double-duty on Theatre Unleashed’s Holiday Repertory this year, lighting both A Very Die Hard Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play. You can check out my lighting portfolio for A Very Die Hard Christmas here, and my full lighting designer portfolio here.
This is one of my favorite shows of the season. There is something to be said for re-mounting shows at certain points during the year, such as when they have become traditions. Well, this is the sixth year we’ve put up our radio play adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life. I was actually in the first cast, originating the role of Clifton Logan. Today, Eric Stachura wears the fedora (and fills it quite nicely), and I can’t help but sit in the hosue and watch this show with a sense of joy and warm nostalgia. This adaptation is a true TU original, and it has evolved into a company institution. With such a large cast every year, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a company member that hasn’t walked the fictional halls of KAWL. What’s even better? Our patrons look forward to this show every year, planning their holiday activities around it. I can’t think of a better TU original to become a Los Angeles holiday tradition.
About It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play
“Look daddy, teacher says every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”
One of the most beloved and treasured films of all time, nothing reflects the joy, soul and celebration of the holiday season more than Frank Capra’s sentimental classic It’s A Wonderful Life. Theatre Unleashed is pleased to bring back this heart-warming tale to the stage with It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play. The show, an L.A. holiday must-see in its fifth year, takes place at KAWL, a struggling 1940s radio station that good-hearted owner Michael Anderson is barely keeping alive. He calls on some old friends (with big personalities) and some less-than-professional station employees to offer up the touching masterpiece in what might sadly be the station’s last live show. But it is the holidays, a time when miracles can happen…
For tickets and information, please visit Theatre Unleashed’s official website.
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