It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Nick DePinto (Jazzbo), Rob McQuay (Freddie) and Sally Boyett (Lana) in Annapolis Shakespeare Company's 2015 Helen Hayes Awards Recommended production of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY. Joshua McKerrow
Performance Dates

It's a Wonderful Life, one of the all-time great Christmas stories, comes to life in a live 1940s-style radio broadcast at Annapolis Shakespeare Company's Studio 111. With the help of a seasoned ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds with a lot of heart and captivating live sound effects. Bailey is a down-on-his-luck family man who's hit bottom and is about to end it all, when his guardian angel shows him what life in his town would have been like without him. Sure, you could catch the movie on TV, but this live Helen Hayes Recommended show is filled with a warmth that television can't match. You'll find yourself tearing up at all the same places you do in the movie, even as you marvel over the period details of the show.

Production Information

Approximate Running Time
135 minutes


Jake Laurents / George Bailey
Harry "Jazzbo" Heywood / Clarence and others
Freddie Filmore / Potter and others
Sally Applewhite / Mary

Creative Team

Costume Designer
Choreographer for plays
Musical Director
Sound Designer
Lighting Designer
Voice/Dialect Coach
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