Final weekend to experience IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE at Arkansas Rep

This weekend is your last chance to spend time with George Bailey, Mary, Violet, Clarence, and Mr. Potter as the Arkansas Repertory Theatre presents It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play. It runs through December 29.

Back by popular demand, this holiday classic returns to The Rep’s stage to close the 2019 season. (It was last on the Rep’s stage in 2008.)

Ring in the holidays with an entertaining spin on a familiar holiday favorite. Set in a 1940s radio station on Christmas Eve, enjoy a live radio version of Frank Capra’s classic 1946 film as the actors on stage transform into dozens of characters from Bedford Falls. Faced with the threat of scandal and financial ruin, George Bailey experiences a crisis of faith and wishes he had never been born. Divine intervention arrives in the form of Clarence (Angel Second Class), who is on a mission to restore George’s will to live… and earn his own wings in the process. Every life impacts countless others, whether we know it or not.

The production is directed by Giovanna Sardelli (whose most recent Arkansas Rep production was The School for Lies). The design team includes Jo Winiarski (set), Sarah Nietfeld (costumes), Jamie Roderick (lighting), and Jane Shaw (sound). The cast includes the return of Larry Daggett and Patrick Halley along with Alan Dronek, Larissa Klinger and Mary Murphy making their Arkansas Rep debuts.

Happy Festivus! Prepare for those Feats of Strength and Airing of Grievances

In honor of Festivus 2019, here is a photo of Jason Alexander (aka George Costanza) when he was at Arkansas Rep in January 2016 to conduct auditions for the play WINDFALL which he directed at the Rep.  He is pictured with Bob Hupp, who was then Producing Artistic Director of Arkansas Rep.

Alexander has continued collaborating with Hupp at Syracuse Stage, where the latter went in 2016.

Little Rock resident Judge Reinhold was not in THAT “Seinfeld” episode, but did star in another iconic epsiode as “The Close Talker.”

Explore George Bailey’s life as CALS Ron Robinson Theater shows IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE tonight

It's a Wonderful Life PosterBefore or after seeing It’s a Wonderful Life on stage at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre (now through December 29), you can see the movie on the big screen tonight at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater.

Produced and directed by Frank Capra, It’s A Wonderful Life is based on the short story and booklet The Greatest Gift, which Philip Van Doren Stern wrote in 1939 and published privately in 1943.

The 1946 film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams to help others, and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched, and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be if he had never been born.

Joining Oscar winner Stewart in the film are Oscar winners Lionel Barrymore and Thomas Mitchell, future Oscar winners Donna Reed and Gloria Grahame, along with Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen, Ward Bond, future TV executive Sheldon Leonard (who inspired the names of the two leading characters in TV’s BIG BANG THEORY), and H. B. Warner.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Film starts at 7:00 p.m. Beer, wine, and concessions will be available!