Tuesday, November 10, 2015

It's A Wonderful Life Told in Radio-Play Form



Herstory Theater, in partnership with The Mark Twain House and Museum, presents the holiday classic It's A Wonderful Life performed in the style of old-time radio theater, including a sound effects artist!

This third annual holiday presentation takes place on Saturday, Dec. 5 at in the Lincoln Financial Services Auditorium at The Mark Twain House and Museum. There are two performances 2 and 5 pm. The play is written by Joe Landry and is directed by Virginia Wolf.

George Bailey, Zuzu, Clarence the Angel, and grumpy old Mr. Potter are turning Hartford into Bedford Falls this year! Come relive the story of a man who gets to see what life would have been like if he had never been born. (And there's even a Twain connection--when Clarence is pulled out of the water, he dries off his copy of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer!)

When the film It's A Wonderful Life was released in 1946, it was not an immediate popular or financial success. However, it's reputation grew over the years, and a clerical error resulting in the loss of its copyright protection resulted in it being shown widely during the Christmas season every year. It has become a phenomenon, and many don't feel that their holiday season is complete without watching it.

Now, there's a very unique opportunity to revisit this wonderful story--in a fun, live radio-show performance, complete with a foley (sound effects) artist! The performance is 90 minutes, and there is no intermission.

Tickets are $10: 860-247-0998; MarkTwainHouse.org and click on Events.

Herstory Theater is a non-union, professional theater company based in Connecticut providing educational performances that are suitable (and inspirational) for schools, museums, historic societies, libraries, and any groups who are interested in history.

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