A Live Radio Play

adapted by Joe Landry
November 29 - December 31, 2017

This inventive twist on Frank Capra’s classic film brings the ever-timely story of disaster, redemption and holiday magic to life on stage before your eyes and ears. It’s Christmas Eve, 1946, and five actors have gathered in WFMK Studio A for a live radio broadcast, ready to take on dozens of characters and recreate Bedford Falls with live foley sound effects and virtuosic, high-energy performances. Even the cynics among us will cheer as George Bailey, standing on the brink of despair, famously learns that "no man is a failure who has friends.” For all ages.

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

“Evocative and heartwarming.” - The New York Times


Wednesdays 7:30, Thursdays 7:30, Fridays 7:30, Saturdays 2:00 and 7:30, Sundays 2:00 and 7:00

 Single tickets range from $15-45—or, subscribe to the full six-play season starting at just $89. Discounts are available for groups of eight or more.

Lights Up! For Access: Thanks to support from the Walmart Foundation and others, patrons under the age of 30 pay just $10 while patrons with a SNAP benefits card pay just $5. Learn more >.

Sponsored in part by Bob and Becky Alexander, Margaret and Dick Rutherford, Scott and Shizuko Price, Stout Executive Search, and the Walmart Museum.


Meet the Director

JEFF CHURCH (Director) Producing Artistic Director of The Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, which, during his tenure, was named in the top five children’s theatres in the US by Time Magazine. At Woolly Mammoth in Washington, DC, he directed The Rocky Horror Show, which ran for 9 months, and worked with composer Al Carmines on a revival of Wanted. For the Kansas City Repertory, he helmed The Drawer Boy, and for Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seussical and The Wrestling Season (which also played the Kennedy Center, where he has directed numerous productions), as well as Quentos at the Denver Center. For the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, he has directed 10 productions, including Love! Valour! Compassion!, bare, The Judas Kiss, Next Fall, Laramie Project, Sister Mary Ignatius, and others. His Coterie highlights have included producing the Coterie’s Great Books/Banned Books season, which included a US premiere of The Lord of the Flies. His work with playwright Laurie Brooks led to The Wrestling Season. He created the Coterie’s Lab for New Family Musicals, where the version of Seussical he developed with the Broadway composers is now the most performed musical in educational theatre in the US. Recently, he transferred The Coterie’s Lucky Duck with its Kansas City cast to the New Victory Theatre in New York. He has been an NEA site reporter and a board officer of both Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and TYA/UYA. For the past 13 years, he has taught graduate level Text Analysis for UMKC Theatre. He was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre in 2006.