• December 7 - 23, 2023
  • Old City Performing Arts Center

    111 State Street
    Knoxville, Tennessee 37902
Ticket Price $7.00-$45.00 This event is now over

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

It's a Wonderful Life is based on the story, The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern. Adapted by Joe Landry.

George Bailey dreams of going to college and traveling the world. But after he sends his younger brother to college and stays at home to manage the family business, his life begins to feel crushingly ordinary. One Christmas Eve, bruised by quiet desperation and unable to recognize himself, George reaches his breaking point. Would the world be better off without him? Many audiences know this story as the classic film It's A Wonderful Life. With live foley and a skilled ensemble of actors, River & Rail presents a radio adaptation by Joe Landry as a nod to the film's source: a short story by Philip Van Doren Stern which was privately printed as a Christmas card and distributed to the author's friends in 1943. This play is our Christmas card to Knoxville: a show about the power of community, the sacrifices we make for those we love, and the true spirit of Christmas.

Dates: December 8th-December 23. Thursdays-Sundays.


Emily Ernst


To be announced

Date & Time

Dec 7 - 23, 2023

Venue Details

Old City Performing Arts Center

111 State Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902 Old City Performing Arts Center
River & Rail Theatre Company

A professional non-profit theatre bringing together diverse communities in Knoxville to experience, develop, and discuss world-class theatre arts. Through the power and beauty of theatre, we seek to unite people from all backgrounds to experience and participate in stories that embody our shared humanity.

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