Will Call #53: It’s a Wonderful Life at Shakespeare & Company

Ensemble of five proves that It’s a Wonderful Life (yes, still!)

The cast of It's a Wonderful LIfe — Jennie M. Jadow, Sarah Taylor, David Joseph, Jonathan Croy and Ryan Winkles (photo by Enrico Spada).

The cast of It’s a Wonderful LIfe — Jennie M. Jadow, Sarah Taylor, David Joseph, Jonathan Croy and Ryan Winkles (photo by Enrico Spada).

Today is Tuesday, December 13, and this is Episode #53 of Will Call. I’m your host and pretender to the Will Call throne, Jason Velázquez, and I thank you for joining us!

Sarah Jeanette Taylor and David Joseph rehearse for "It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,' (photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier).

Sarah Jeanette Taylor and David Joseph rehearse for “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,’ (photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier).

 

On this edition of Will Call, we’re excited to be able to share a conversation that I had with two of the creative talents behind Shakespeare & Company’s production of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” director Jenna Ware and actor Ryan Winkles. The show is playing for just one weekend in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre at their Lenox campus.

In the interest of full disclosure, I joined the company for a year in 2012 in the communications department, and will forever have an enormous special place in my heart for this extremely talented and dedicated collection of artists.

The production is crafted from Joe Landry’s adaptation of the original screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, and Jo Swerling, and employs only five actors to personify all the characters that America has come to love over the more than half century that the story was made famous by Frank Capra’s big screen version.

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“Its a Wonderful Life”
Elayne Bernstein Theatre
December 15–18, 2016
Thurs–Sat 7:00 p.m.; Sat & Sun: 2:00 p.m.
Post-Show Talk with Joe Landry: Friday, December 16
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The story, though fanciful in some ways, contains powerful themes and poses at times uncomfortable questions about the lives we live and life as it might be if reality took just a slight turn.

Ryan Winkles and Jonathan Croy rehearse for 'It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play' at Shakespeare & Company (photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier).

Ryan Winkles and Jonathan Croy rehearse for ‘It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’ at Shakespeare & Company (photo by Ava G. Lindenmaier).

 

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