|PlayMakers presents beloved holiday classic ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’|
|Wednesday, November 07, 2012|
This holiday season PlayMakers Repertory Company will treat Triangle audiences to a family-friendly live version of a treasured holiday film with its production “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” by Joe Landry.
PlayMakers, the professional theater in residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will present the show Nov. 28-Dec. 16 in the Paul Green Theatre at the Center for Dramatic Art, 250 Country Club Road.
Show times will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and 2 p.m. Sundays. For a complete schedule, more information and to purchase tickets, call (919) 962-PLAY (7529) or visit www.playmakersrep.org. Tickets are $15 to $50.
In the show, the theater becomes a 1940s radio studio (with theater-goers as the studio audience) for a live Christmas Eve broadcast performed just as James Stewart, Donna Reed and other members of the movie cast reprised their roles for radio. Then, the PlayMakers actors step into the iconic scenes from Frank Capra’s Christmas classic, assuming the roles of beloved characters George and Mary Bailey, Clarence the Angel, little Zuzu and other denizens of Bedford Falls.
The Boston Globe called the stage version “magic … a ‘wonderful’ night at the theater.” Broadway World said that “It’s a Wonderful Life” is “a fantastic show for all ages.”
Joseph Haj, PlayMakers producing artistic director, calls the play a story of redemption that resonates with young and old. “‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ has become the American ‘Christmas Carol,’ an inspirational tale that families share as an anticipated annual event,” he said. “We invite everyone to experience the true spirit of the season with this unique opportunity to see one of the classic screen’s most cherished gems come to life.”
In the New Year, PlayMakers’ season continues with Rinde Eckert’s Obie Award-winning “And God Created Great Whales” in the PRC2 second-stage series (Jan. 9-13), followed on the main stage by Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” performed in rotating repertory with 2012 Tony Award-winner “Clybourne Park” (Jan. 26-March 3) and the dazzling hit musical “Cabaret” (April 3-21). Then the PRC2 second stage closes with “Spring Training,” a world premiere specially commissioned by PlayMakers and Carolina Performing Arts, written and performed by acclaimed musical/spoken word ensemble Universes (April 24-28). Single tickets and season subscription packages are available.
PlayMakers is based in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences. The Drama League has named PlayMakers one of the “best regional theatre companies in America.”
Coverage note: Media are welcome to cover “The Vision Series” preview and director’s talk at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20. Photography, videography, lights and flashes are not restricted. For assistance, call (919) 962-5359.
PlayMakers contact: For press information, interviews, photos or poster art, contact Connie Mahan, (919) 962-5359,