Fairfield playwright’s radio play continues to score big
Published 2:21 pm, Friday, December 1, 2017
Joe Landry’s 1940s-era radio play, that has its origin in Fairfield, will be staged at the Ivoryton Playhouse Dec. 7-17.
Inspired by the classic Frank Capra’s film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the play is set in a radio studio with a live audience; five actors perform the “Wonderful Life” script, playing dozens of characters in the radio play as well as producing the sound effects. Sasha Bratt is director.
“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” premiered in 1996 at Stamford Center for the Arts and has since been produced around the country to critical acclaim, according to the theater’s press release.
In his program notes, Landry, of Fairfield, said he initially wrote a stage version of the film more than 20 years ago “when longtime friend and teacher Frances Kondziela asked me to pen an adaptation for her high school ensemble.
“After the premiere of this original incarnation, the piece was produced by TheatreWorks in New Milford, and was then chosen for its first professional production at the legendary Westport Country Playhouse. When the budget of this (still full-scale) production skyrocketed and was dropped from the slate, the concept of staging the piece as a live radio play of the period was born,” he said.
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street, Ivoryton section of Essex. Dec. 7-17, Thursday through Sunday. Evenings at 7:30; matinees at 2. Wednesday performances on Dec. 13. $35 adult; $32 senior; $20 student; $15 children. 860-767-7318.