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at N. Lincoln Ave 1909 W. Byron Chicago, IL 60613
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"It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play"
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attended Nov 29 2009

This was our 2nd year in a row attending this broadcast. It is such a wonderful experience, brilliantly done, and heartfelt. Christmas doesn't start until you've seen this production.

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attended Dec 13 2008

I saw the show Saturday afternoon (Dec. 13) and it was...WONDERFUL! I have been attending this production for the past 5 years and Saturday's performance was spot on. The acting was warm and full of energy. In fact, the actor playing George Bailey...continued

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attended Dec 26 2009

The play was wonderful. The actors were very versatile; I enjoyed watching the actors playing George's younger brother and Clarence become several characters and use different voices. The radio staging was a lot of fun - watching the special...continued

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Free milk and cookies are served after every performance.


Adapted from the film by Frank Capra

Directed by Jason W. Gerace

American Theater Company (ATC) partners with WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ) to broadcast their eighth annual production of It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, adapted from Frank Capra’s classic film and directed by Jason W. Gerace.

ATC transforms its intimate space into a 1940’s radio studio to tell Capra’s classic story of one man’s effect on his community. This year ATC unveils three brand new scenes and new cast members including ATC Ensemble members Kareem Bandealy as George Bailey and Joe Minoso as Mr. Bailey and Steppenwolf Ensemble member Alan Wilder as Mr. Potter and Clarence.

It’s a Wonderful Life’s message is stunningly relevant today, and its spirit could not be more needed right now. This is a story which has brought people together time and time again for generations.” says Gerace. “I am honored to be able to continue that tradition, and to do my part to remind people, as Clarence reminds George, ‘no man is a failure who has friends.’”

“For seven years, audiences have enjoyed both the intimacy and familiarity of It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play in our little warehouse at the corner of Byron and Lincoln,” says Artistic Director PJ Paparelli. “We are also very pleased to partner with WBEZ Chicago Public Radio in broadcasting the entire play on air during the holidays, sharing this important story with thousands of listeners around Chicago.”

“When ATC first approached us about broadcasting It’s a Wonderful Life, we jumped at the chance,” says Steve Edwards, Acting Program Director for WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. “After all, what could be more fitting than bringing a fun, clever radio version of a beloved holiday classic to a real-life Chicago radio audience?”

It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play features a cast of 9 playing 40 roles, including ATC Ensemble member Kareem Bandealy (George Bailey), Bernard Balbot (Harry Bailey and others), Jesse Fisher (Violet and others), Alex Goodrich (Announcer and others), Mary Winn Heider (Mary/Mrs. Bailey), ATC Ensemble member Joe Minoso (Peter Bailey, Uncle Billy and Nick), Cheryl Parkes (Piano), Alan Wilder (Mr. Potter, Clarence and others).

The designers are Tom Burch (Set Designer), Stephanie Farina (Sound Designer), Katy Peterson (Lighting Designer), DJ Reed (Props), Katherine Stebbins (Costume Designer), and Erin Diener (Stage Manager)

About the Ticket Supplier: American Theater Company

American Theater Company is an ensemble of artists committed to producing new and classic American stories that ask the question: “What does it mean to be an American?” ATC provide a truly intimate home for the community to experience meaningful stories. ATC fosters a nurturing environment for artists to take risks and create essential work.