Wonder Life

George (played by Moses Villarama) is embraced by radio actors (Phil Wong, from left, Luisa Sermol and Todd Cerveris) in a scene from “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.”

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley celebrates the holidays with “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” running through Dec. 26 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto. The play also may be viewed online.

The holiday-themed production – adapted by Joe Landry from the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra and Jo Swerling – offers the beloved 1946 film as a 1940s-era radio play, complete with live Foley-style sound effects.

The story of George Bailey’s love, loss and redemption on Christmas Eve features five actors – Moses Villarama, Sarita Ocón, Luisa Sermol, Phil Wong and Todd Cerveris – who take on dozens of roles and provide all of the live sound effects in the play. Giovanna Sardelli directs.

Performances are slated 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays. The Lucie Stern Theatre is located at 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

In-person ticket prices start at $30; savings are available for educators, seniors and patrons 35 and under. Patrons must present a vaccination card, a photo of the card or a digital vaccine record with matching ID at the


Streaming tickets are $25; those who purchase them will be emailed a link to watch the program at home on their computer, smart TV or other streaming device.

For tickets and more information, call (877) 662-8978 or visit theatreworks.org.