November 29 - December 29, 2012
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
By Joe Landry
Directed by Sabian Trout
and Michael Woodson
ABOUT THE PLAY
Inspired by the classic American film starring Jimmy Stewart, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast, being presented in front of a live studio audience. Five actors perform the dozens of characters you know and love from the film, as well as produce all of the sound effects!
"One of the best Holiday shows around! Fresh and inventive. Highly recommended!" - The Chicago Sun Times
"Critic's Pick! Amazing!" - Backstage Magazine
Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM with Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM.
November 29 - December 29, 2012
Preview Performances: November 29 and 30 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night Performance: Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 PM - Reception with the cast after the show
Preview Tickets: $12 | Regular Tickets: $18 with discounts available
To make your reservation call (520) 327-4242
In a time before cyberspace and spacewalks, when television was just an unrealized dream, American imaginations were fueled by a piece of furniture about the size of a picnic basket. Every day, Americans would gather around a little box, and spend hours magically transported to fictional worlds such as THE SHADOW, or ESCAPE, or THE WHISTLER…and partake of entertainment they would likely remember all their lives.
By 1933, two-thirds of American homes had at least one radio, twice as many as those with telephones.
By the late 1930s, radio was woven into the fabric of American life. Public events, from political rallies to sporting events and vaudeville routines, were now enjoyed by millions in private. By the 1940s, increasingly, Americans got their news from radio, especially news of the expanding war in Europe. The immediacy and drama of the war news tied people more intimately to unfolding events; but the radio also provided a much needed escape from the grim realities unfolding in Europe. During the 1944-45 season, the networks scheduled 8 hours of comedy variety, 8 hours of comedy drama programs, and 14 hours of thriller drama each week.
The radio played an important role and helped to radically change how people received news and entertainment. The "Murrow Boys" broadcasts from Europe brought the war closer to Americans back home in the states. CBS set a news standard that followed its journalists into television and lasted for decades.
The 1940s were the last decade in which radio was dominant. Television had become a viable technology in the late 1930s, but technical delays and the war both stopped widespread introduction until the late 1940s. After the war, the broadcast networks poured large amounts of money into television. Television began a media revolution in the late 1940s, transforming America, and opening the nation to whole new world of visual communication.
Joe Landry’s adaptation of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE serves as a lovely tribute to the Golden Age of Radio, while beautifully capturing the essence of Frank Capra’s iconic film. Enjoy!!
Sabian Trout - Director
Joe Landry - At age 12, Joe's first job was in the film department at the library in his hometown of Fairfield, CT. This was before the dawn of home video, back in the days of 16mm, and their permanent collection included It's a Wonderful Life, The Lady Vanishes and other early Hitchcock films. Joe's other main interest was the theatre. Encouraged by his parents, Joe was introduced to various theatres which he came to call home, including Playwrights Horizons and Roundabout Theatre Company in New York, Westport Country Playhouse and others. In 1995, Joe founded Second Guess Theatre Company, which produced over two dozen new plays, adaptations and revivals to critical-acclaim.In 1997, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play premiered in Stamford, CT and has since enjoyed productions around the country. Joe's other plays include Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play and an adaptation of the cult classic Reefer Madness. Other projects include Mothers and Sons, a musical co-written with Kevin Connors and Lifeboat, Dahling! with Bert Bernardi.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Sabian Trout - Director - is thoroughly enjoying her seventh season as LTW’s Artistic Director. Previous LTW directing credits include MAURITIUS, RECKLESS, THREE VIEWINGS, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, TRYING, THE DINNER PARTY, THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, THE GIN GAME,WHAT THE BUTLER SAW, WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY, SHIRLEYVALENTINE, LOST IN YONKERS, FUNNY MONEY, DANCING AT LUGHNASA, THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO, THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH, BELL BOOK AND CANDLE, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, BROADWAY BOUND and BABY WITH THE BATHWATER. Professional credits include productions at the Stratford Festival of Canada, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, The Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, Austin’s State Theatre, LA Theatre Works and Arizona Theatre Company. Other Tucson directing credits include LOVE LETTERS, EXTREMITIES, THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE and ON THE VERGE. Sabianearned her MFA in Directing from the University of Texas in 1995.
Stephen Frankenfield - Jake - was last seen as a creative collaborator for ETCETERA’s production of MIXTAPE. He has directed SEE HOW THEY RUN, MOON OVER BUFFALO, DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER and most recently for LTW's Family Theatre, DELIA AND THE MUD PEOPLE. Notable acting credits on the mainstage,where he has been a staple for over 10 years, include THE RAINMAKER, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, DEARLYDEPARTED, CAUGHT IN THE NET, FUNNY MONEY, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP and TUNA CHRISTMAS. He has been nominated for 3 Arizona Daily Star Mac Awards, twice for acting and once for direction. Stephen is a graduate of The American Academy Of Musical and Dramatic Arts in New York City.
Missie Scheffman - Sally - is so excited to be back on the LTW stage after appearing in many shows over the past several years including The Sisters Rosensweig, The Seven Year Itch, The Importance of Being Earnest, Spider'sWeb, The MissFirecracker Contest and Design for Living. Missie also enjoyed directing the LTW shows Half and Half, A Thousand Clowns and the musical I Do, I Do. Missie has performed on the ATT stage, most recently as Sprinkle, the Cookie Fairy! Missie has a BFA in Theatre Production: Acting from the U of A. Missie thanks her family for their love and support.
Paul Matlock - Harry - has performed in many shows locally, most recently as Ellard in LTW's production of The Foreigner. Paul began his involvement in theatre in 2001 whenhe started taking classes at LTW. He has also served as a Production Stage Manager for many LTW shows. Paul currently lives in Southern California and is studying at The Groundlings theatre and The Second City theatre in Los Angeles.
Michael Woodson - Freddie - has previously appeared with Live Theatre Workshop in TAKING STEPS, THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, A THOUSAND CLOWNS, KILLER JOE, WHAT THE BUTLER SAW, THE CLEAN HOUSE, THE HOUSEKEEPER, FUNNY MONEY, MOON OVER BUFFALO, THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH, BELL BOOK AND CANDLE and MURDER ON THE NILE. Michael has also perfomed with Arizona Theatre Company, The Invisible Theatre, The Wilde Playhouse and Stray Theatre. A member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, he was seen in the television series ‘Legend’ and ‘The Young Riders,’ as well as the television movie ‘Gunsmoke III,’ ‘To the Last Man,’ and ‘Geronimo.’ Commercial work includes Rawlings Radar Ball, The Arizona Lottery and Bulls Eye BBQ Sauce. In 2008, Michael received the LTW Ovation Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of George Hay in MOON OVER BUFFALO.
Lori Hunt - Lana - A Tucson native, Lori is excited to make her LTW debut in IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. Locally, Lori has performed with Invisible Theatre in MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD, IN THE MOOD, and LEAVING IOWA, for which she was nominated for a MAC award. She spent 9 years at Shadowbox Cabaret in Ohio as a resident sketch comedian and rock singer, appearing in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, CABARET, and TOMMY while there. Lori has trained at both Upright Citizen’s Brigade and the legendary Groundlings Theatre in Los Angeles, and she co-wrote and starred in EFFIN’ SPOOKY WITH BAILEE AND LORI at iOWest. Lori is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in Theatre.