During this holiday season, I suggest that you attend the play, “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.”
It is a fresh look at the story with a group of talented local actors/actresses on the stage of the WBFR radio studio in 1946. As Director Brian Tanner noted in the program, the story has an “enduring appeal,” because “it has to do with the affirmation that life is worth living; that we are all here on Earth to help one another. Take any of us out of the equation, and the balance shifts.”
Suicide is a major problem and needs to be addressed. According to Suicide: Iowa 2017 Facts & Figures, “on average, one person dies by suicide every 20 hours in the state.” Personally, I have experienced the pain because one of my brothers died by suicide after serving in Vietnam.
Watch the play to see George Bailey realize the significance of his life at the Iowa City Community Theatre, Johnson County Fairgrounds, 4261 Oak Crest Hill Road, Iowa City, at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.