Meet The Cast!
It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play opens November 12
The Washington Stage Guild is in the midst of rehearsals for this cleverly theatrical retelling of one of America’s most beloved holiday stories.
Christmas Eve, 1946. We are in a radio station where a cast of five actors, plus one invaluable sound man, bring all the characters of the movie to life for us, the studio audience, and a national broadcast!
Playing ALL the characters from It’s A Wonderful Life are:
Joe Brack (Jake Laurents) I have performed in many a show, in several towns, in some foreign lands, and now I am here with you. As a boy, I was terrified of Santa’s elves. Now, as a man, that fear still exists, but has been quieted a bit by the Spirit of Christmas. This is a season of giving. A time to appreciate all of the gifts that have been bestowed upon us and the anticipatory joy of the gifts yet to come. I am very thankful to the hundreds of artists and audiences whom have shared and allowed me to share with them this gift of theatre. Our time on this planet truly is a Wonderful Life. I thank you for being here and sharing it with me. If you’d like to know about my theatrical credentials and such, please visit: http://joebrack.weebly.com
Vincent Clark (Freddie Filmore) is a regular at the Washington Stage Guild, having performed in Back to Methuselah (Parts 1 and 2), Pygmalion, The Apple Cart, Lord Augustus Does His Bit, Press Cuttings, Fanny’s First Play, On the Rocks, Major Barbara, Too True to Be Good, Heartbreak House, Man and Superman, and John Bull’s Other Island, all by G.B. Shaw. Other turns at Stage Guild include: Simon Bent’s Elling, G.K. Chesterton’s Magic, William Largess’ stage adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, Aristocrats and Making History, both by Brian Friel, The Family Reunion and The Confidential Clerk, both by T.S. Eliot, P.G. Wodehouse’s adaptation of Ferenc Molnar’s The Play’s the Thing, Steve Martin’s The Underpants and others. He has also performed in productions at Olney Theatre including: The Underpants, Michael Frayn’s Democracy, Mawby Green’s and Ed Feilbert’s translation of George Feydeau’s 13 Rue de L’Amour and Shaw’s St. Joan. He has also performed on local and national television. Mr. Clark will next appear in the final installment of Stage Guild’s Back to Methuselah trilogy, As Far as Thought Can Reach.
Jenny Donovan (Sally Applewhite) is delighted to be making her debut with Stage Guild. Other credits include— A Midsummer Night’s Dream(National Players); Blue Straggler (Source Festival); Doubt (1st Stage Theatre); Lobster Alice (Flying V Theatre); Mouse on the Move(Imagination Stage); The Tempest (Annapolis Shakespeare Company); Comedy of Errors (Lean and Hungry Theatre); In the Forest, She Grew Fangs (Washington Rogues); The Birds (Quotidian Theatre); A Maze (Rorschach Theatre); Witness for the Prosecution(Olney Theatre Center); The Graduate (Keegan Theatre). EDUCATION: Catholic University, BA.
Julie-Ann Elliott (Lana Sherwood) is happily returning to Washington Stage Guild! She performed previously at Stage Guild as Lydia in In Praise of Love and Anna in Old Times. Recently, she portrayed a variety of roles in the U.S. premiere of Chimerica at Studio Theatre. An Artistic Associate at Olney Theatre, she has performed in over two dozen shows at there, including: The Tempest, Angel Street, Dinner with Friends, The Millionairess, The Constant Wife, Hedda Gabler, Tartuffe and with Potomac Theatre Project: Crave, Arcadia, and Stanley. Elsewhere in the DC/Baltimore region she has worked at Center Stage, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Theater J, Round House, Studio Theatre, Folger Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Metro Stage, The Kennedy Center, and Arena Stage. Her TV and film credits include Veep and Jamesy Boy. She narrates audiobooks at Potomac Talking Book Services for the Library of Congress and also teaches Acting for Howard Community College. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and mother to 14 year old twins, Nicholas and Cameron Sikora.
Lawrence Redmond (Harry “Jazzbo” Heywood) joyfully returns to Washington Stage Guild and its unique treatment of this holiday classic. His previous efforts at the Stage Guild include: Inventing Van Gogh; An Inspector Calls; The Play’s the Thing; and Anna Karenina. This season he has appeared in The Fix at Signature Theatre, and upcoming performances this season include All The Way at Arena Stage, and El Paso Blue at GALA Hispanic Theatre. He is part of the steering committee of Actors Arena, and a proud member of Actors Equity Association since 1988. He is a two time recipient and multiple nominee of The Helen Hayes Award as well as a Mary Goldwater Award for his work in Anna Karenina.
Steven Carpenter (Art Foley – sound man) has 20 years of experience in the DC area including 1776, A Christmas Carol, and The Road From Appomattox at Ford’s Theatre; Amadeus at Round House Theatre; Hamlet in Hamlet at the Folger; The Goat, Lonesome West and Translations at Rep Stage; Blithe Spirit at 1st Stage; The Actor’s Nightmare at Bay Theatre; and numerous productions at Washington Stage Guild, such as Pygmalion (as Henry Higgins), The Philanderer (Helen Hayes nomination), The Countess, and Anna Karenina. Regional credits include Cecil in Equivocation at Virginia Rep, Leontes inThe Winter’s Tale at Baltimore and Virginia Shakespeare Festivals; The Underpants at Wayside Theatre; and A Man For All Seasons at Mill Mountain. He has directed at Rep Stage, Bay Theatre, Theater J, Washington Stage Guild and Theatre Alliance (Helen Hayes nomination for Thief River). He received his MFA from the University of South Carolina and was honored with an Alexander Scourby Award for book narration by the American Foundation of the Blind.
Your holidays won’t be complete with seeing It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play— don’t miss it!