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It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

December 1, 2021 @ 7:30 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 4, 2021

One event on November 28, 2021 at 2:00 pm

One event on December 1, 2021 at 7:30 pm

One event on December 2, 2021 at 7:30 pm

One event on November 28, 2021 at 7:30 pm

$35 – $69

Play Adaptation of Classic Film Celebrates Resilience and Community

The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre (The Gamm) is delighted to celebrate the holiday season with It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, adapted by Joe Landry from the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra and Jo Swerling. A twist on the beloved film classic, this family-friendly play with themes of resilience and community is set in a radio studio on a snowy Christmas Eve in 1946, with radio personalities retelling the redemptive story of George Bailey. Damon Kiely, chair of performance for The Theater School at Chicago’s DePaul University, returns to direct a cast of seven actors playing multiple characters, with radio jingles and an onstage Foley artist creating real-time sound effects.

The Gamm’s 2019 production of It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play was received with critical and popular acclaim for having made “something so well-known and recognizable feel so fresh and new” (Broadway World). In 2020, while the theater was dark due to the pandemic, Gamm artists teamed up with The Public’s Radio to produce an actual radio version of the play as a gift to the listening community. This season’s live, in-person performance is a much anticipated return to the play’s original format.

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play runs Nov. 26 – Dec. 24 at The Gamm Theatre, 1245 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, RI.

Tickets are $49-$69; preview performances (Nov. 26-28) are just $35. Discounts for seniors, students, groups and more. Details at gammtheatre.org/discounts. Tickets: 401-723-4266 or gammtheatre.org.

Please note: For the safety and comfort of Gamm audiences, patrons must present either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter the theater. All patrons, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks. Details at gammtheatre.org

Back by popular demand! George, Mary, Zuzu and the entire town of Bedford Falls come to life in this staged 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra’s holiday movie classic. With live sound effects and a handful of actors, the story of beleaguered building and loan owner George Bailey and his affable helper angel, Clarence, unfolds one fateful Christmas Eve as you’ve never seen it before. This captivating, life-affirming story is a holiday treat for the entire family!

A perfect gift for the community, 90 minutes of memorable theater that will melt your heart… is miraculous tale is told while leaving room for the imagination. Providence Journal (2019)

This production is sponsored by Greenwood Credit Union
Season support from Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
adapted by Joe Landry from the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, and Jo Swerling
directed by Damon Kiely+

George Bailey…..Tony Estrella*
Mary Hatch/Rose Bailey…..Lynsey Ford
Henry F. Potter/Clarence/others…..Fred Sullivan, Jr.*
Harry Bailey/Ernie Bishop/others…..Jeff Church*
Violet Bick/Janie Bailey/others…..Helena Tafuri
Joseph/Billy Bailey/others…..Richard Noble
Announcer/Zuzu Bailey…..Emily Turtle
Foley Artist…..D. J. Potter

Set Design by Michael McGarty
Costume Design by Jessie Darrell Jarbadan
Music Direction by Emily Turtle
Lighting Design by Noah Beauregard
Production Management by Jessica Hill Kidd
Stage Management by Robin Grady*

+Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
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Founded in 1984, the non-profit Gamm Theatre is proud to tell stories that entertain, provoke, and engage seriously with the most important issues of our time. The Gamm further serves the public with educational programming that enriches the cultural and civic life of our community. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Tony Estrella and Managing Director Amy Gravell, The Gamm is a regionally recognized, award-winning theater and a proud member of New England Area Theatre (NEAT), a bargaining unit of the Actors’ Equity Association.


The Gamm Theatre
1245 Jefferson Blvd
Warwick, RI 02886 United States
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