George Bailey’s struggle to grasp why life is worth living finds a fresh voice in this enchanting one-person retelling of Frank Capra’s classic film It’s A Wonderful Life. Penned by Helen Pafumi and Jason Lott, this memory play reinterprets the well-known screenplay and reintroduces audiences to the residents of Bedford Falls, New York on a fateful Christmas Eve in 1945. With a minimal set and a simple costume, the play features an honest, haunting, and heart-warming look into the life of George Bailey.
The role is a challenging tour-de-force for a character actor, allowing him to create and differentiate over a dozen characters, often at a dizzying rate. The play is also a veritable playground for designers, as the scenes shift quickly from the hearth-heated world of Bedford Falls to the neon chill of Pottersville and then back again.
Audiences, young and old, well-versed in the movie and not, find plenty to love in this play that has been called “a real stage gem shining brightly with the true meaning of Christmas spirit.”
Wonderful Life was a 2012 Helen Hayes Award nominee
for the Charles MacArthur Award for
Outstanding New Play or Musical.