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Friday, November 30, 2018

It’s a Wonderful Life: a live radio play at Mile Square Theatre

It's A Wonderful Life

Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County’s leading professional theatre, revives its beloved production of It’s a Wonderful Life: a live radio play, by Joe Landry. Mile Square Theatre becomes a live recording studio in the golden age of radio, and MST theatre goers become the studio audience as WMST “goes on air” to broadcast Frank Capra’s popular holiday story.

“This is the fourth time we’ve produced this play, and each production draws bigger audiences. For me personally, I never tire of it. I’m always moved by the story of George Bailey’s journey where he comes to truly appreciate the values of community and family. The show is life-affirming.” says MST Artistic Director Chris O’Connor. “This year Joseph Discher takes the helm as director. Joe’s well-known for his work at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, as well as stints Off-Broadway and regionally. The wonderful John Keller, who wowed our audiences as Dracula two season ago, comes back to reprise the role of George Bailey. We’re so excited to have him back at MST.” 

Rounding out this ensemble cast is Michael Daly (STNJ, Utah Shakespeare), Tim Nicolai (Public Theater), Maggie Weston (returning as Mary Bailey from the 2016 production), Joelle Zazz (STNJ, Premiere Stages), and Hannah Mount (Vital Theatre’s Angelina Ballerina)as the Foley Artist.

The creative team, led by director Joseph Discher (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Charlie’s Aunt) includes MST scenic designer Bethanie Wampol (STNJ), costume designer Natalie Loveland (Charlie’s Aunt at STNJ), and lighting designer Jason Flamos (MST’s The 39 Steps).

It’s a Wonderful Life: a live radio play begins performances on Thursday, November 29 and runs till Sunday, December 23. Opening night is December 30.

It’s a Wonderful Life: a live radio play, presented by Mile Square Theatre

1400 Clinton Street, Hoboken

November 29 through December 23: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm, and Saturdays and Sundays @ 3pm

Tickets available at www.milesquaretheatre.org, or by calling 201-683-7014.

Tickets are $30-40 • $18 students and seniors.

GROUP SALES and Holiday Party sales available: email abaldwin@milesquaretheatre.org

Photo Credit:  Joe Epstein.

Discount Parking available at The Harlow at 1330 Willow Avenue and at Little Man Parking at 1300 Jefferson Street.

For more information on Mile Square Theatre, please visit www.milesquaretheatre.org.

MST Season Sponsorship: Advance Realty, Bijou Properties, Halstead Property, Ironstate, Jet.com, Kearny Bank, Little City Books, The Rockefeller Group

Mile Square Theatre is supported by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Mile Square Theatre is a member of The New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

COMPANY BIOS:

JOHN P. KELLER (George Bailey) TV:  Beckert on Boardwalk Empire (HBO). Theater: NYC credits include world premieres of Mourning Sun, You are now the Owner of This Suitcase and JH3AM with Theater 167, 2012 NY revival of The Violet Hour by Richard Greenberg. Regional: Most recently Pirira at Luna Stage. John has performed extensively at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, including Nicholas in Nicholas Nickleby; Captors at Contemporary American Theater Festival, Dracula at Alabama Shakespeare, Inspecting Carol at George Street Playhouse, as well as roles in Macbeth, Much Ado, Midsummer, and Twelfth Night at Worcester Shakespeare Festival. For MST, he has been in It’s a Wonderful Life, Twelfth Night, Dracula: The Journals of Jonathan Harker, and 7th Inning Stretch. International credits included the Balinese Arts Festival and at the Kampala International Theater Festival in Uganda. John also serves as Director of Education and Outreach for the socially engaged arts organization coLAB Arts based in New Jersey. He holds an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University. He is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.

MICHAEL DALY (Freddie Filmore/Potter/Others) New Jersey credits include: The Grapes of Wrath, Much Ado About Nothing and Of Mice and Men (all three directed by Joe Discher), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wonderland…And What Was Found There, and The Playboy of the Western World at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Pericles and Greater Tuna (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice, Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Orlando Shakespeare Festival); The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged  (Florida Studio Theatre); Tiger Brown in ThreePenny Opera (Connecticut Rep); Smee in Peter Pan and Murphy in Windy City (Walnut Street Theater); Michael in The Irish…and How They Got That Way (Fulton Opera House); title role in Macbeth (Southwest Shakespeare); Falstaff in Merry Wives of Windsor, Launce in Two Gentlemen of Verona and Stephano in The Tempest (Nebraska Shakespeare Festival); as well as several seasons at Milwaukee Repertory.

TIM NICOLAI (Clarence, etc.) The Public: Othello, Plenty, Cymbeline, The Tempest. Broadway: The Glass Menagerie. Regional: The Grapes of Wrath, Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey). NYU: Three Sisters, Describe the Night (Rajiv Joseph world premiere), Pale Fires. TV: “Madam Secretary” (CBS), "Search Party" (TBS), “Z" (Amazon). MFA: NYU Grad Acting.

MAGGIE WESTON (Mary Bailey) is thrilled to reprise her role as Mary in this special show with Mile Square Theatre where she is also an educator in theatre arts all around Hoboken. Her recent roles include Barbara in Shear Madness at Southeastern Summer Theater, Metamorphoses at the Adrienne Arsht Center of Miami and co-starring on this season of Law & Order: SVU. Happy holidays and warm wishes to this lovely cast and to you!

JOELLE ZAZZ (Violet, etc.) is ecstatic to make her debut at Mile Square Theatre! New York: 10th Anniversary Broadway Concert of The Tale of Two Cities: The Musical. Regional credits: Great Kills, Las Cruces, and Black Tom Island (Premiere Stages), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare in Love, and The Servant of Two Masters (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey). Kean University: Theatre Performance BFA. Thank you to Joe, Chris, and Bryan for believing in her. Merry Christmas! www.joellezazz.com

HANNAH MOUNT (Foley Artist) Hannah is honored to be making her Mile Square Theatre debut in this unique adaptation of such a beloved Christmas tale. Originally from Irmo, South Carolina, Hannah holds her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Molloy College and the CAP 21 Musical Theatre Conservatory. She recently completed a run of “Angelina Ballerina the Musical” as Angelina Ballerina with the Vital Theatre Company, made her solo debut in the 30th "54 Sings Broadway's Greatest Hits!" at Feinstein's/54 Below and appeared in "Broadway Rising Stars" at The Town Hall. Other credits include: Carrie the Musical (Carrie White), Seussical (Mayzie La Bird), Pippin (Leading Player), Legally Blonde (Elle Woods), and Campy Cabaret’s: The Nightman Cometh (The Waitress). www.hannahmount.online

JOSEPH DISCHER (Director) is excited to be joining MST for the first time. Off-Broadway: The Violin starring Robert LuPone (world premiere) and Butler (NYC premiere). Mr. Discher also directed the world premiere of Butler at NJ Rep as well as subsequent productions at Barrington Stage and Majestic Theatre in MA. He has directed over twenty-five productions at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, including Charley’s Aunt, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, The Diary of Anne Frank, Wittenberg, Our Town, Henry IV; Part One, To Kill A Mockingbird, Arms and the Man, The Grapes of Wrath, The Tempest, Amadeus, Life of Galileo, Of Mice and Men, A Midwinter Night’s Dream, The Fantasticks, Twelfth Night, That Scoundrel Scapin, Travels With My Aunt, and Much Ado About Nothing. Other Regional: Antony and Cleopatra (Orlando Shakespeare) One Man Two Guvnors (Florida Studio Theater). A Moon for the Misbegotten (Playhouse on Park), The Weir, Red and As You Like It (Theatreworks), and Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis). Mr. Discher is an associate artist at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, where he spent twenty years on staff as Associate Artistic Director and Casting Director. He is a proud member of SDC, Actors’ Equity and a graduate of Drew University.

CHRIS O’CONNOR (Artistic Director) Chris is Founding Artistic Director of Mile Square Theatre. In 2017, he received an Award of Excellence from the New Jersey Theatre Alliance for his leadership as Artistic Director of Mile Square Theatre. As an actor, Chris has performed in such theatres as Franklin Stage Company, Seattle’s A Contemporary Theatre, The Culture Project, Soho Rep, The Ahmanson, Gloucester Stage, Provisional Theatre of Los Angeles, The Bathhouse Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, City Theatre in Pittsburgh, where he originated the role of Peter in Craig Wright’s The Pavilion, and recently at Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Billy Elliot. Recent TV credits include Magic City and Burn Notice. He appears in the upcoming indie thriller Depraved. Chris has directed over 25 productions at MST and has directed at theatres and universities all over America, most recently at Lyric Repertory in Logan, Utah, where he directed The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged. His recent work at Mile Square Theatre includes The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi, Betrayal, Circle Mirror Transformation and the world premiere of Long Gone Daddy by Joseph Gallo. He played Vanya in this season’s production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. He is an Assistant Professor on the Theatre Arts faculty at Molloy College. Chris holds a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MFA from Rutgers University.

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