It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play  | 

December 12 — December 23

It’s a Wonderful Life, one of the all-time classic Christmas stories, comes to life onstage in a 1940s-style radio broadcast. Join Simon Helberg as the down-on-his-luck George Bailey whose guardian angel shows him what his town would have been like had he never been born. This timeless masterpiece guarantees to warm your heart this holiday season.

Adapted by Joe Landry
From the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, and Jo Swerling
Directed by Cameron Watson

80 minutes, no intermission

Tickets start at $25
Members receive 20% off

It’s a Wonderful Life, one of the all-time classic Christmas stories, comes to life onstage in a 1940s-style radio broadcast. Join Simon Helberg as the down-on-his-luck George Bailey whose guardian angel shows him what his town would have been like had he never been born. This timeless masterpiece guarantees to warm your heart this holiday season.

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Simon Helberg (George Bailey)

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Southern California: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Reprise Theatre Company), God of Carnage (L.A. Theatre Works). TV: The Big Bang Theory (CBS; SAG Award Nominee for Outstanding Ensemble in Comedy Series, Critics’ Choice Award Winner for Best Supporting Actor Comedy Series), Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (NBC). Film: Florence Foster Jenkins (Golden Globe Nominee for Best Supporting Actor, 2016), We’ll Never Have Paris (2014), A Serious Man (2009).


Rebecca Mozo (Sally Applewhite)

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Rebecca Mozo is thrilled to make her Pasadena Playhouse debut. Other theater: Sense and Sensibility, Going to a Place Where You Already Are, Five Mile Lake, 4000 Miles, The Parisian Woman, In the Next Room, A Wrinkle in Time, Emilie, The Heiress and Doubt, a parable (South Coast Repertory); Cock (Rogue Machine Theater); The Cherry Orchard (Center Theatre Group); and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Uncle Vanya, Top Girls, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Peace in Our Time, King Lear (Antaeus Theatre; Film and TV: 9-1-1 (FOX), Modern Family (ABC), Break a Hip (Emmy-award winning web series), Kittens in a Cage. Mozo earned her BFA from Rutgers University and studied at The Globe Theatre in London. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and The Antaeus Theatre Company.


Rob Nagle (Freddie Filmore)

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Pasadena Playhouse debut. A Co-Artistic Director of the Antaeus Theatre Company since 2011. Recent Theater: The Little Foxes and The Hothouse (Antaeus); Forever Bound (Atwater Village Theatre); Stupid Kid (Road Theatre Company); Church & State (Skylight Theatre Company); Of Good Stock and Rest (South Coast Repertory); Appoggiatura (Denver Center for the Performing Arts). Off-Broadway: Church & State. Recent TV: NCIS: Los Angeles, Superior Donuts, Modern Family, The Librarians, and Grey’s Anatomy. Recent Film: Bad Samaritan, First Love, Mother’s Day, Fishing Naked, Boost, and New Year’s Eve. He is very grateful for his wife Heather and their pug Houston. Online: Social: @nagdoggie


Haneefah Wood (Lana Sherwood)

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Haneefah is a series regular on the upcoming Apple series Are You Sleeping starring Octavia Spencer, Lizzy Caplan, and Aaron Paul. The show will premiere in 2019. Haneefah recurs on the Netflix series One Day At a Time as well as FX’s Baskets. Haneefah consistently balances her on-camera credits with theater. She did a two- month run last winter at the Huntington Theater in Boston starring in Theresa Rebeck’s play Bad Dates. Previous credits include Zoe Ever After, Life in Pieces, Grease Live!, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The League and Nurse Jackie. Broadway credits include Avenue Q and Rent at the Nederlander Theater.

Ryun Yu (Harry “Jazzbo” Heywood)

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Ryun Yu originated the role of Gordon Hirabayashi in Hold These Truths at East West Players, and has since performed it at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. and here at the Pasadena Playhouse. Other theater credits: Tokyo Fish Story (South Coast Repertory), @TheSpeedofJake (Playwright’s Arena), Take Me Out (Geffen Playhouse), and The Language Archive (East West Players). In TV, recurring character of Pastor Daniel Kwon in the FX show Baskets (starring Zach Galifanakis and Louis Anderson). Other credits: Fuller House, Animal Kingdom (TBS), and Forever (Amazon). He also played DHH in David Henry Hwang’s Yellowface: the first adaptation of a major play for YouTube. Ryun has the rst theatre degree ever awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. @realryunyu on instagram and twitter.


Creative Team

Cameron Watson (Director)

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Cameron returns to the Playhouse after directing last year’s Miracle on 34th Street. He directed the critically-acclaimed revivals of The Little Foxes and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Antaeus Theatre Company, and the world premiere of Sharr White’s Stupid Kid at The Road Theatre. Other credits include The City of Conversation (Ensemble Theatre Company), Cock (Rogue Machine), All My Sons (The Matrix), Trying (The Colony), I Never Sang for My Father (New American Theatre), I Capture the Castle (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey) and Rolling with Laughter in London’s West End. Cameron wrote and directed the Miramax feature film Our Very Own, starring Allison Janney in an Independent Spirit Award-nominated performance. He created the hit comedy series Break a Hip, which just garnered Christina Pickles a 2018 Primetime Emmy Award. Online:

Joe Landry (Playwright)

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Joe Landry’s plays have been produced across the country and internationally, and include It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Reefer Madness, Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play, Eve & Co., Beautiful, Hollywood Babylon, and Numb. Mr. Landry attended Playwright’s Horizons/NYU, founded Second Guess Theatre Company in Connecticut and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. He is currently developing new projects for the stage and screen.

Kate Bergh (Costume Designer)

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Casa Valentina (LADCC Award, Ovation Nomination), Miracle on 34th Street, Art, Sleepless in Seattle, Amahl and the Night Visitors (Pasadena Playhouse). School for Lies, City of Conversation, Metamorphosis, Woyzcek (Ensemble Theatre), Hopscotch, the Mobile Opera (The Industry with Ann Closs-Farley), 100 Aprils, Super Variety Match Bonus Round, Bled for the Household Truth, Cock (Rogue Machine), Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally (Theater Planners), The Graduate, Twelve Angry Men (Laguna Playhouse), Gigi, Cabaret (Backstage Garland Award; Reprise Theatre), Prisoner of Second Avenue (El Portal Theatre), Side Show, Shrek the Musical (3D Theatricals – Ovation Nomination), The House in Scarsdale (Theatre at Boston Court). Kate works in all mediums telling stories with costumes – theater, opera, dance, film, television, commercials.

Jared A. Sayeg (Lighting Designer)

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Pasadena Playhouse: Shout Sister Shout!, Casa Valentina, Breaking Through, Kiss Me Kate, Under My Skin, ART, Blues for an Alabama Sky. His designs have been seen throughout the U.S., Broadway, Off-Broadway, West-End, Canada, Spain, Edinburgh & Las Vegas. National Tours: Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury, The Who’s Tommy with Alice Ripley, Queen of Spades starring Placido Domingo (Madrid) and Rolling with Laughter at Her Majesty’s Theatre (West-End). Broadway: The Illusionists, Bravo Bernstein, Gotham Glory (Carnegie Hall) and was on the design teams for: PRIMO, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White and Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Principal designer for the USA International Ballet Competitions. Youngest member of the United Scenic Artists- Local 829 and serves as a trustee to the executive board.Online:

Jeff Gardner (Sound Designer & Foley Artist)

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Jeff is excited to be back again for the Holidays. He previously performed foley at the Playhouse for Miracle On 34th Street. Previous designs include The Cake (Geffen Playhouse), The Madwoman Of Chaillot, A Raisin In The Sun and Noises Off (A Noise Within); Native Son, The Hothouse and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (The Antaeus Company); Trevor (Circle X Theatre), Les Blancs and Honky (Rogue Machine); The Recommendation (IAMA Theatre Company), Her Portmanteau (Boston Court Pasadena) and Dry Land (Kirk Douglas, Block Party). Jeff can also be seen performing live sound effects for L.A. Theatre Works and is resident sound designer for the Westridge School in Pasadena. Online:

Jennifer Slattery (Production Stage Manager)

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Pasadena Playhouse: Our Town, King Charles III, Belleville, Bordertown Now, and Native Gardens (ASM). Broadway: Bullets Over Broadway, Spider- Man: Turn Off the Dark, Guys and Dolls, Oleanna, and Cry-Baby. Other NYC: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Heading East (The Asia Society), NY2022, Shir a Shalom (Guggenheim Works & Process). Regional: Next to Normal (East West Players), Restoration Comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Titus Andronicus, Othello (The Old Globe), and work with La Jolla Playhouse, New Harmony/USI, the Rude Mechs, 7 Devils Playwrights Conference, and ZACH Theatre. Jenny is on the faculty at California Institute of the Arts. Education: MFA (UCSD), MA (UT Austin), and BA (University of Florida).

Jordan E. Moore (Assistant Stage Manager)

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Jordan is thrilled to return to the Pasadena Playhouse after having previously interned as a stage manager for their production of Culture Clash’s Bordertown Now. She has also interned as a part of the Production Management team at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington DC. There, she worked on high-profile events such as “The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor”, “The Kennedy Center Honors”, and the Suzanne Farrell Ballet Company’s All-Balanchine Program. She is currently in her 2nd year of pursuing her MFA in Stage Management from California Institute of the Arts.

Playscripts Inc.

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Playscripts, Inc. is an independent publisher of new plays and musicals, established in 1998 by brothers and playwrights Doug and Jonathan Rand. Playscripts plays and musicals represent a great diversity of voices, styles, and stories, and have been enjoyed in over 100 countries. We license amateur and professional productions, publish standard acting editions, binder books, collections, and eScripts. Their commitment to innovation has made Playscripts an industry leader.

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