Penfold Theatre Company
Winner of Austin Critics Table Awards for the 2008–09 and 2009–10 seasons in the Best Musical Production category, Penfold Theatre Company reimagines Capra's classic holiday tale as a live radio show. Sound effects and audio gusto swoop audiences back to 1946, as five actors inhabit the entire cast of Bedford Falls' characters. The venue itself, which boasts hardwood floors and high tin ceilings, transports imaginations to the Bailey Building and Loan, where a spirited, young George Bailey challenges the miserly Mr. Potter to a cavalier fencing duel. Over the course of the 90-minute production, ardent audio storytelling will follow alongside George as he saves his brother Harry from drowning, lassos the moon for Mary, and debates Clarence the angel about existential questions concerning life, fate, and the ultimate pizza topping.