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‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ on the North Fork

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Michael Disher will direct Northeast Stage's production of

Michael Disher will direct Northeast Stage's production of "It's A Wonderful Life" in Greenport. DANE DUPUIS

Northeast Stage in Greenport presents

Northeast Stage in Greenport presents "It's A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play" by Joe Landry.

authorStaff Writer on Dec 1, 2022

Northeast Stage will present “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” by Joe Landry from Friday, December16, to Sunday, December 18. Directed by Michael Disher, this heartwarming classic film comes to the stage as a live radio play to celebrate the holiday season at Holy Trinity Church in Greenport on the North Fork.

“‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is, at its core, a work about worth and friendship — and quite often friendships we take for granted,” says Disher. “For many years, the film has been a holiday favorite, but mounting Joe Landry’s brilliant radio play adaptation of this title is an ongoing lesson. I have directed or mounted this production five or six times to date, but with each incarnation I learned a little bit more about George Bailey, and a little bit more about myself. I also believe that any presentation of this piece completely and earnestly impacts each and every audience member who again witnesses the revelation of George Bailey’s doubts and worth as a man, husband, father and human. And shall we always be reminded of this piece’s most valuable lesson: ‘Remember, no man is a failure who has friends …’”

The Northeast Stage cast includes: Aimie Sponza, Dan Yaiullo, Stuart Whalen, John Lovett, Katrina Lovett, Susan Cincotta, Nicholas Auletti, Esmeralda Cabrera, Mike Colt, Tim Ferris, Laura Pearsall, Deb Rothaug, Suzette Reiss, Michaal Lyn Scheppsm, Rich Gardini, Joey Giovingo and Fred Hansen.

Performances of Northeast Stage’s production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” are Friday, December 16, at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 17, at 2 and 5 p.m., and Sunday, December 18, at 3 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 768 Main Street, Greenport. Tickets are $20 at northeaststage.org or at the door. The production is a fundraiser performance for the Northeast Stage 2023 free Shakespeare in the Park. Baked goods will be offered for sale.

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