(UNION, NJ) -- For over twenty years, It's A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play has been an integral part of The Theater Project’s repertoire––and a Union holiday tradition for the last five. While so many things must change in celebrating the holidays this year, TTP is offering its yearly holiday staple to help keep community traditions alive.
Given the challenges 2020 has brought, Wonderful Life, adapted by NJ actor Liz Zazzi, will be performed a bit differently this year: through Zoom. The Theater Project invites its patrons to join them in celebrating the holidays online, with a virtual production, featuring actors safe in their homes and incorporating as many of the original elements of play as possible. It will be available via a live ZOOM stream December on 11-12 and via recorded video on December 13. Tickets are available for purchase here.
Once again, The Theater Project will set the scene for the Lux Radio Theater circa 1947 as eleven adult actors, five kids, a musician and one extremely overworked sound technician prepare for the big radio broadcast of the story made famous in the iconic Frank Capra film.
But this year, families will experience the tears and laughter of Wonderful Life from the comfort of their homes––gathered together much like families in the early twentieth century did around their radios––as the story unfolds.
During perhaps one of the most isolating moments in our history, the classic story of It's A Wonderful Life provides a sense of comfort and connection. “There’s a moment in the play where George Bailey turns to a Depression-panicked crowd and says, ‘We can get through this thing all right. We've got to stick together, though,’’” says Artistic Director Mark Spina, “And that’s definitely a message for our time.”
The Theater Project was founded in 1994. For over twenty years, under the leadership of Mark Spina, Artistic Director, they have provided well-rounded programs on a relatively small budget to audiences who relish and seek out stimulating, new theater.
Providing a forum to express ideas that spark the imagination, and challenge the mind is what they strive to do. Encouraging audiences to think beyond the status quo and elevate the discourses around important contemporary issues is germane to their purpose. Most importantly, their audience is willing to take a chance on a title or author they have never encountered before, knowing they will be engaged, challenged and entertained.
PHOTO: Matt McCarthy, Anna Gunderson, Andre DeSandies, Terri Sturtevant, Jim Clancy, Jeff Maschi, Gary Glor, Kelley McAndrews, Will Budnikov, Valerie Stack Dodge, and Scott Cagney in Wonderful Life.