It’s a Wonderful Life at Mile Square Theatre

Final Weekend for “It’s a Wonderful Life” in Hoboken

The final four days of It’s a Wonderful Life are upon us – so in case you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing it – this weekend will be your last chance!

At The Monroe Center (720 Monroe St.)

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play showing in Hoboken, NJ

11/30/2011:

Mile Square Theatre Proudly Presents an annual Holiday Favorite!

This December, Mile Square Theatre transforms itself into a 1940’s radio broadcast studio, presenting Frank Capra’s holiday favorite It’s a Wonderful Life in front of a live studio audience. Audiences will experience this favorite American holiday classic with a new theatrical twist!

Step back into the past and experience this timeless classic like never before. Five actors perform the dozens of characters as well as produce the sound effects under the direction of the company’s sound effect artist. This is a unique holiday treat the entire family will treasure.

Showtimes for It’s a Wonderful Life

The local professional theatre company stages It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play starting December 1st, every Thursday through Sunday until December 18th. Evening performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM; matinees on Saturday and Sunday begin at 3 PM. Tickets are available online at (www.milesquaretheatre.org) or before each performance at the theatre’s home at the Monroe Theatrespace, 720 Monroe in Hoboken. Reservations are strongly recommended. Tickets are $25. Students and seniors, $15.

On Thursday, December 8 @ 8pm, there will be a special Pay What You Will performance. Audience members can pay whatever they wish. Call 201.683.7014 for reservations.

It’s a Wonderful Life background, cast & crew

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry presents an enchanting theatrical take on Capra’s holiday tale of individualism, optimism and community. Transporting the audience to a radio studio of the 1940’s, the play is a great fit for Mile Square Theatre. It’s an actor-driven piece that will delight its audience and has great relevance for our time. Leading the cast is John Keller (George Street Playhouse, Alabama Shakespeare Festival) as George Bailey and Annapurna Sriram (Hero in Two Rivers Theatre Company’s Much Ado) as Mary Bailey. The ensemble includes Tim Barker (The Acting Company, 30 Rock), Karla Kendrick (national voiceover talent), and Jon Bass (Williamstown Theatre Fest).

Sam McUmber, a well-known Pittsburgh musical director, will be doing the foley sound effects for the show. MST Associate Artistic Director Matthew Lawler directs.

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is the theatre’s second production of the 2011-12 season, following closely behind the hit God of Carnage, which broke MST box office records. “It’s a Wonderful Life is our holiday gift to our audience base. It’s a play that parents can bring their children to, a great date play, and hopefully will be a lasting holiday tradition,” states Chris O’Connor, MST’s Artistic Director.

About Mile Square Theatre
Mile Square Theatre (MST) is the leading professional Equity theatre in Hudson County. Since 2003, MST has presented full-scale productions for adults and children, in addition to providing theatre education programs. Under the artistic direction of Chris O’Connor, MST receives support from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Hudson County Division of Cultural Affairs. For company information, please visit www.milesquaretheatre.org.

It’s a Wonderful Life Cast Biographies

Tim Barker
Tim was last seen in In the Box by Matthew Lawler at the 9th Annual 7th Inning Stretch here at MST. Off-Broadway/National Tour: Twelfth Night/Tartuffe with The Acting Compnay. Regional: Two River Theater Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Peninsula Players, Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Canada), Chicago Shakespeare Theater, CTC Minneapolis. FILM/TV: Alter Egos,Law&Order, 30 Rock. Google Tim Barker Reel or go to timbarkervo.com. To my beloved TMB… “Who, being loved, is poor?”

Jon Bass
Jon is pleased to be making his Mile Square Theatre debut.

New York: Friends in Transient Places and Harmonious Pimps (Ars Nova), Heart Torture Station (New Georges), The Troublemaker (New Dramatists), The Tenant (Woodshed Collective Workshop). Williamstown Theatre Festival: House of Home, Western Country, Comedy Of Errors, and F***book.

Training: Boston University College of Fine Arts.

Karla Hendrick
Karla recently played Gertrude in Hamlet at the Chekhov International Theatre Festival, and the Doctor in the New York Times hit Reservoir at The Drilling Company. Favorite roles in NYC and atregional theatres up and down the eastern seaboard include Viola in Twelfth Night; Bananas, The House of Blue Leaves; Duckling, Our Country’s Good; Catherine, The Heiress; Elvira in Blithe Spirit; and five characters in All in the Timing. Karla performs with Cranston & Spade, bringing to life 1940’s radio dramas inGreenwich Village, and is a voiceover artist and teaching artist. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College, the British American Drama Academy, Oxford, and BrooklynCollege (MFA). www.karlahendrick.com.

John P. Keller
John most recently was seen as Jonathan Harker in Dracula at Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Off-off Broadway world premierse of Summer by Martin Zuckerman and You are now the Owner of This Suitcase with Theater 167.

Regional credits include Bart in Inspecting Carol at George Street Playhouse, as well as Banquo in Macbeth, Don Pedro in Much Ado and Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night, all with the Worcester Shakespeare Festival. Other regional credits include Charleston Stage Company, Emerald Isle Repertory and Centenary Stage.

John holds an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.

Sam McUmber
Sam (Musical Director/Foley Artist) is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.

He has also been the musical director for the live radio theater series Midnight Radio at Bricolage Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the past three years.

Sam is happy to be a part of It’s A Wonderful Life.

Annapurna Sriram
Annapurna is a southern native, hailing from Nashville Tennessee, and makes her Mile Square debut with It’s a Wonderful Life. Past favorite roles include: Hero in Two River Theater Company’s Much Ado About Nothing, Frida Kahlo in McCarter Theater’s Youth Ink Festival, Henrietta Iscariot in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot performed at Rutgers University, Pharaoh Hatshepsut in Egyptology at Rutgers University, various roles in Fires in the Mirror performed at Rutgers University and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed at the Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, London and at Rutgers University. Annapurna is a recent graduate of the BFA Acting program from Rutgers University.

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