It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

adapted by Joe Landry

Limited Run!  December 19 – 27

“One of the best holiday shows around. Fresh and inventive. Highly recommended.” -Chicago Sun-Times

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, and live, on-stage sound effects, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Dec 19 – 27, 2015

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Evan Causey (Station Manager/Foley Artist) was most recently seen at American Stage in their Education School Tour production of Charlotte’s Web. Earlier this fall he played Barry in The Boys Next Door (Theatre eXceptional). Evan graduated from the University of South Florida in the Spring of 2015 where he was featured in several productions: The Poor Class in The Money Tower, Jody in Lonely Planet, Dr. Mannette in A Tale of Two Cities, and Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing.

Colleen Cherry (Sally Applewhite/Mary) is thrilled to return to American Stage where she has previously been seen in Hysteria, Wit, The Vagina Monologues, and A Doll’s House. She received her BA in Performing Arts from The University of Tampa where favorite shows included Falsettos, Midsummer, and Sweet Charity. Regional credits include: Silence! The Musical (Jobsite Theater/Straz Center); My Fair Lady (Asolo Repertory Theatre); Tartuffe (Tampa Repertory Theatre); Shipwrecked (New Stage Theater); Rocky Horror (Straz Center); Taming of the Shrew & Merry Wives of Windsor (Theatre Under the Stars); tours of Freckleface Strawberry, Tom Sawyer, Cinderella, and Charlotte’s Web (Stages Productions); as well as several staged readings in Manhattan Class Company’s Freshplay Festival in NYC. She is a founding member of Avant-Guardian, producer of Best of the Bay award-winning cabarets and immersive theatre including Sexxx Dreams & Much Ado: Immersive Performance & Exhibition.

Becca McCoy (Lana Sherwood) is best known to American Stage audiences for her lobby cabarets, most recently The Pearl in the Hogwaller and A Not So Silent Night. She has been onstage in Tampa Bay with American Stage, freeFall Theatre, and A Simple Theatre, and in numerous readings. Regional theatre credits include: A Moon for the Misbegotten (Illinois Theatre Center, IL), Seussical (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, IL), Pirates of Penzance (Drury Lane Oakbrook, IL), Church Basement Ladies (Merry-Go-Round Theatre, NY), All My Sons (Greenbrier Valley Theatre, WV), and Man of La Mancha (The Wick Theatre, FL).  She has performed nationwide in Motherhood The Musical and Menopause The Musical, and was seen at the Straz Center as Sleeping Beauty in Disenchanted!, for which she won the Broadway World Tampa award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Becca has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association for 12 years.

Richard B. Watson (Freddie Filmore – Announcer, Gower, Potter, Billy, Joseph, Peter Bailey, Ernie, Old Man Collins, Ed, Pete, Man (at Martini’s), Nick, Bridge Keeper, Binky, Cop) has worked at Orlando, Pennsylvania, Hampton, Georgia, and Milwaukee Shakespeare Companies; Arkansas Rep, Ensemble Studio Theater, Irish Rep, Asolo Rep, Pioneer, Human Race, Merry-Go-Round, Sacramento Music Circus, Pittsburg Public, Coconut Grove, Pirate Playhouse, Sterling Rennasance, Disney World, Wellfleet Harbor and Cornell.  Shakespeare credits include: Macbeth, Pericles, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V, Henry VIII, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, King John, Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, Winter’s Tale, Tempest, Taming of the Shrew, Merry Wives of Windsor, As You Like It, and Titus Andronicus. Other memorable roles include: John Adams, 1776; Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady; Zach, A Chorus Line; Long John Silver, Treasure Island: A New Musical; Applegate, Damn Yankees; Iago, Othello; George, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?; CP Ellis, The Best Of Enemies; Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes & the West End Horror; James Lawson, Race; and Squeers/Hawk, Nicholas Nickleby Parts 1 & 2.  Film/TV credits include: PS, I Love You, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Delocated, Onion Sports Network, Art=(Love)², and Powerless, a pilot for FX. Richard has an MFA from the Academy for Classical Acting, and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.

Dean Wick (Clarence, Dr. Campbell, Martini, Mr. Welch, et al.) has been involved with theater during the last 25 years in  variety of performance and technical capacities, most recently as Rueben in Escanaba in da Moonlight and Moses in Wholly Moses, for which he received a Cathy award from the Gulfport Community Players. Dean also conceived and produced in conjunction with Rachel Harrison The Gallery of Mortality, which exhibited previously at the Crosley Estate in Bradenton and last year in Studio@620, featuring a walking tour visiting ten 3-dimensional horror stories by Edgar Allan Poe. He has also provided scenic design, construction, props, lighting, directed and /or crewed for regional theaters such as American Stage Theater Company, Asolo Rep, Florida Studio Theater, City Theater, Gulfport Community Players, City of Imagination, St. Petersburg City Theater, Studio@620, and with the Sterling Renaissance Festival in New York for 12 seasons.

Jonathan Rhys Williams (Jake Laurent/George Bailey) is making his first onstage appearance with American Stage Theatre Company. West Coast acting credits include: Capital Stage Company (Clybourne Park, Hedda Gabler, Enron, True West, Mauritius, Hunter Gatherers, American Buffalo, Fool for Love, Three Days of Rain, Stones in His Pockets, The Woman in Black, Art); TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (Charlie’s Aunt, Floyd Collins, Violet, Triumph of Love, Under Wilkwood, Galileo); San Jose Stage Company (Cumberland Blues, Biederman and the Firebugs, A View from the Bridge, Rock and Roll, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) Aurora Theatre Company (Therese Raquin, The Homecoming); Theatre on San Pedro Square (Blue Room); also San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Tahoe Shakes, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, Sacramento Theatre Company, B Street Theatre and others. Stephanie Gularte and Jonathan Williams founded Capital Stage Company with co-founder Peter Mohrmann in 2005.

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