NOVEMBER 2 — NOVEMBER 26, 2017
Written by: Steve Murray
Directed by: Carmen Roman*
Starring: James Leaming*
“Theatrical magic…tour de force performance [by Leaming]!” – San Diego Union-Tribune. Founding Ensemble member and Chicago’s original “George Bailey” James Leaming inhabits every role in this hilariously touching stage adaptation of the iconic holiday film “It’s a Wonderful Life”. George Bailey, Clarence, Mr. Potter, and the gang come to life as a single actor creates a heartwarming story about the effect one hardworking man’s life has on the people around him.
Jim’s performance has toured the United States – Asolo Repertory Theatre (FL), Syracuse Stage (NY), Cleveland Playhouse (OH), Laguna Playhouse (CA), North Coast Repertory Theater (CA), and numerous locations in Colorado. Recipient of “Best Actor, Sarasota Magazine”, “Best Play, Sarasota Magazine”, and “Outstanding Solo Performance, Craig Noel Award” nomination by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle.
*Ensemble member of American Blues Theater
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- Wednesday: 8:00pm
- Thursday: 8:00pm
- Friday: 8:00pm
- Saturday: 8:00pm
- Sunday: 2:00pm
Weekday matinees @ 10:30am – 11/2, 11/8, 11/10.
Added shows on 11/18 & 11/24 @ 3pm; 11/20 @ 8pm.
No show on 11/2 @ 8pm, 11/8 @ 8pm, or Thanksgiving.
- Special Note: THIS IS NOT THE ANNUAL LIVE RADIO SHOW.
- Duration: 80 minutes; no intermission.
- Location: Edge Theater at 5451 N Broadway.
- Ticket Price: $19-$49.
- Recommended for ages 6+
- Town Halls: Meet the actor on 11/19 & 11/20.
Joseph Jefferson Award recommended
“James Leaming is brilliant. Virtuosic performance!” – Chicago Reader
“Wonderful is an understatement – EXTRAORDINARY” – Chicago Theater & Arts
“One man powerhouse” – Chicago Now
CAST: James Leaming*
PRODUCTION TEAM: Steve Murray (playwright), Carmen Roman* (director, costume), James Leaming* (scenic), Jared Gooding* (lights), Kevin Kennedy (sound), Eric Backus (associate sound), Mary O’Dowd (properties), Joe Hubbert (projections), Samantha R. Dzirko (production manager), and Shannon Golden (stage manager).
*Ensemble member of Artistic Affiliate of American Blues Theater.
We raise awareness of other non-profit organizations’ great causes through creative collaborations. We’re proud to partner with Chicago Public Schools and seven non-profits in Edgewater. We continue our Pink Previews for breast cancer research through The Lynn Sage Foundation.
MORE INFORMATION ON “THIS WONDERFUL LIFE” (solo performance)
Learn about our audience engagement events.
Read about our free events for audiences of THIS WONDERFUL LIFE.read more
Read the incredible critical response to our Chicago premiere.read more
Inside look at THIS WONDERFUL LIFE – read interviews, see photos from the film, and learn more about the production.read more
Read the cast and creative team’s biographies for THIS WONDERFUL LIFE.read more
For over three decades, our Ensemble has told stories of the American identity. We are thrilled to present the Chicago premiere of “This Wonderful Life” starring Founding Ensemble member James Leaming.read more
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