It is Christmas Eve, 1947 in the studio of radio studio WNBC in New York City and a major snowstorm has hit the Big Apple. None of the Broadway stars who were scheduled to perform WNBC's annual live radio broadcast of "It's A Wonderful Life" were able to get through the storm so the station's General Manager has to scramble to gather a cast of anyone still left in the building - the copy boy, secretaries - even a nun soliciting donations for homeless orphans! During the broadcast, everything that could go wrong DOES! But in the end, this merry band of misfits delivers one of the funniest and most heartwarming renditions of the holiday classic ever to go out over the airwaves. Performed as a "live" radio broadcast complete with live foley sound effects, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - ON AIR is a hilariously fun way to celebrate the holidays with the entire family.
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Set in Oxford, England in the autumn of 1963 at the famous "Rabbit Room" of the Eagle and Child Pub, this play is something of a return to the familiar for C.S. Lewis (author of "The Chronicles of Narnia") and J.R.R. Tolkien (who wrote "The Lord of the Rings"). Filled with humor, rousing debate, and reconciliation, the two men learn the true value of their friendship with a little help from a few pints of beer and the energetically curious barmaid, Veronica.
When Denitra loses the charter school lottery for her daughter, she must find another way to escape from their underperforming neighborhood school. The answer seems like a risk well worth taking, but it may end up requiring a bigger sacrifice than she ever could have imagined. Set over a half-century after Brown vs. Board of Education, Lines in the Dust explores how far we've come, and more importantly, where we go from here.
There is no "I" or "me" in combat. Dangerously imaginative Coin & Ghost theater company presents Mama Mama Can't You See, an explosive new play about human connection and the mythology of war. Highly physical, sensual, funny, angry and surreal, Mama Mama is inspired by playwright Stan Mayer's life as a U.S. Marine. But don't get it twisted: this is not a play about war. Rather, it's a play about how to tell a war story.
A talking bear rug leads an animal revolution, an Id and an Ego brawl on stage in competition for Methusalem's beautiful daughter, and filmed dreams capture Methusalem's anxiety as his world and empire fall apart. A brilliant mix of satire, raucous comedy, and surrealist imagery.
Those traditionally joyous and colorful holidays are approaching and members of an estranged family from a small town in Idaho gather to bury the family patriarch. Siblings Bo and Ally are stunned to see how their childhood home has been "decorated" for the occasion. When Mom delivers a surprising twist, we start to see a method behind this madness. A fusion between realism and the absurd, A Permanent Image is an intensive comedic and dramatic exploration of the distance families put between themselves, and what it takes to bring them back together.
What do you do when the people you call family are the ones who hurt you the most? After being bailed out of jail by her estranged sister, Belinda must reconcile the person she was with the person she feels she's destined to become. Commissioned by IAMA Theatre Company, Radical or, are you gonna miss me? by Isaac Gómez tells the sweeping story of three women on the Mexican-American border who, more than anything, desperately want to be seen - and who will do anything in their power to make themselves known, no matter how great the cost. A personal look at the political divide within one Mexican American family and the nuances within communities we often view as single-minded.
The children of Mars aren't themselves of late. When they watch Earthlings experiencing the joys of the holidays, they become withdrawn and unhappy. A wise prophet is consulted, scientific research is conducted and a brain is "borrowed" all in an effort to solve the problem. Finally, it's determined that Santa Claus must be abducted from Earth and brought to Mars. The trip does not always go smoothly, as the Martian pilots are nearly done in by earthly holiday goodies, and Santa and his elf helper are determined to fight the kidnappers and return to Earth in time for Christmas.
Santasia's relentless assault on your holiday funny-bone will have you hurting from laughter. This side splitting comedy is stocking stuffed with dynamic musical parodies, heartfelt sentiment and classic Rankin and Bass original inspired claymation movies.
Based on the popular children's book of the same name, The Secret Garden follows the story of Mary Lennox, a young British girl born and raised in Colonial India. When the 11-year-old's parents die in a cholera outbreak, she is sent to Yorkshire to live with a reclusive uncle, his invalid son - and a host of ghosts, spirits, and lost souls inhabiting Mary's new home. With the help of the spirits, Mary and a young gardener uncover the mystery of the manor's magical garden, bringing life to the neglected estate as Mary's own personality blossoms alongside the flowers. Filled with amazing music, elegant choreography, and a heartwarming story of forgiveness and renewal, The Secret Garden is the quintessential holiday musical for all ages.
The Talented Tenth is a classic of Black American dramatic literature. First produced in 1989, it is relevant enough that its narrative could be set in 2023. The play borrows its title from a 1903 article by scholar, activist and social reformer W.E.B. DuBois, in which he described the likelihood of one in ten Black men becoming leaders of Black people by continuing their education, writing books, or becoming directly involved in social change.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been dazzling audiences around the globe for over eight years, faithfully bringing to the stage Eric Carle's timeless classics. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, each production of the critically acclaimed show features a menagerie of over 75 magical puppets, including the star of the show -The Very Hungry Caterpillar.