Play by Play, Stage East’s theater class and play reading series, concludes with a nod to Stage East’s New Year’s Eve tradition. The final class on December 31st at 7pm will focus on a newly written adaptation of the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life by Brian Schuth. 

“This is a bit different from previous classes,” Play by Play organizer Mark Macey said, “in that we’re going to have a couple of rehearsals and make this feel more like an event.” 

Stage East fans will remember last year’s live radio play version of It’s a Wonderful Life directed by Elizabeth Goodliff, who will be at the helm of this year’s reading as well. In addition, many of the actors from the previous production plan to reprise their roles including Kim Vogel. Reflecting on her previous experience and her hopes for this year’s reading Vogel responded: “…this year we can’t make that live magic that comes from truly being on stage; however, I’m seeing so much more. There is a truly visceral, innovative talent that has sprung forth out of the times. I don’t think that just anyone could have made that transition as successfully as Stage East has. Not only have we become actors on a virtual stage with a virtual director, producer and audience, but we now have an original adaptation… [and] original music to accompany the performance…”

Stage East is also seeking new talent to fill open roles for the reading. Interested parties should email for more information. 

The zoom link for this and all Play by Play readings as well as a schedule can be found below. 


17th – Admissions by Joshua Harmon

*Winter Break 2*

31st – It’s a Wonderful Life (a brand-new adaptation!) by Brian Schuth

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Meeting ID: 983 4629 3962

Audrey Bradbury (center) as Mary Hatch—the heroine of Stage East’s 2019 production of It’s a Wonderful Life—and castmates Marlene Russ (from left), Anson Bergonzi, John Leavitt and Lauren Koss queue up for their lines. Photo by Robin Farrin.