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Garth Kravits, Whitney Bashor, Wayne Wilcox, Brandon Ellis, Maggie Lakis, Kevin Pariseau set for Bucks County’s ‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE’; Hunter Foster to Direct

Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Bucks County Playhouse will cap its 2015 season with the return of the popular holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry. The show will run at Bucks County Playhouse (70 S. Main Street, New Hope, PA), December 11 – 27, 2015.

Directed by Hunter Foster with musical staging by Jennifer Cody, It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is inspired by the classic Frank Capra classic film of the same name. Performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a “studio audience,” It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play tells the story of idealistic George Bailey as he considers his demise one fateful Christmas Eve. The story comes to captivating life with the help of an ensemble that brings over two dozen characters to the stage. Landry’s adaptation premiered in 1996 in Stanford, CT and has since been produced countless times around the country to critical acclaim – including at Bucks County Playhouse in December 2012 under the direction of Gordon Greenberg with musical staging by Lorin Latarro.

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play features Wayne Wilcox as Jake Laurents (Broadway: “The Normal Heart,” CW’s “Gilmore Girls”), Brandon Ellis (Broadway: “Company,” “Once,” and Off-Broadway: “Balls…The Musical?”) as Harry “Jazzbo” Heywood, Maggie Lakis as Lana Sherwood (National Tour: “Avenue Q,” Off-Broadway: “Allegro”),Whitney Bashor as Sally Applewhite (Broadway: “The Bridges of Madison County”), Kevin Pariseau as Freddie Filmore (Broadway: “Legally Blonde the Musical”) and Garth Kravits (Broadway: “The Drowsy Chaperone”) as Butch Popkins/ Foley Artist/Sound Effects Guy. Kevin Pariseau is the production’s musical director. Rob Bissinger is Scenic Designer with lighting design by Robert Denton and costume design by Nicole V. Moody. Matthew Given serves as Sound Designer. It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (

Bucks County Playhouse will offer discounted preview performances of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play on Friday, December 11 at 8 pm and Saturday, December 12 at 2 pm. Tickets to preview performances are only $30. Opening night is Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 pm. The Playhouse is also offering a special matinee performance discount for Christmas Week performances. All tickets in the mid-orchestra (blue section) are $40 for 2 p.m. performances on December 22-24. Santa Claus will be in the lobby before the show to greet those attending the performance.

The production will play the following schedule: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (note: there is 7:30 performance on December 16), Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. There is no evening performance on Christmas Eve and no performances on Christmas Day. For full details, and to purchase tickets, please visit or call 215-862-2121.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in, BlogJade Magazine and

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