December 1 - December 23, 2016
This Wonderful Life
by Steve Murray
The two performances on Thursday, December 22 and Friday, December 23 have been canceled due to actor illness.
Spend some time this holiday season with performer extraordinaire Erica Bradshaw as she inhabits every single role of this stage adaptation of the iconic holiday film It's a Wonderful Life. Erica's not exactly your typical resident of Bedford Falls, but Luna's not your typical theatre. Experience this heartwarming story as you've never seen it before and enjoy a few winks and smirks along the way.
Directed by Daryl L. Stewart
Starring Erica Bradshaw
Production and Design: Christopher and Justin Swader (Set Design), Justin Partier (Lighting Design), Donald Stark (Sound Design), Deborah Caney (Costume Design), Liz Cesario (Production Manager), and Dan Viola (Stage Manager)
Running Time: Approximately 80 minutes, no intermission
Performance Schedule: Thursdays at 7:30pm; Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 3pm
Talkback Schedule December 4th and 15th
In The Press
The Star Ledger says "'This Wonderful Life' at Luna Stage is a soothing holiday confection. ... What might seem like holiday escapism is, in fact, an effective means of processing fear, anxiety, and trepidation. The holiday warmth of what we know and love, the show suggests, can help provide the strength we need to face the dangerous and unknown on the horizon."
NJ Arts Maven writes: "Like many folks around this time of year, you've probably gathered around the television to watch the classic film, "It's a Wonderful Life," or perhaps you've caught one of the performances now onstage in northern New Jersey. But whatever you choose, I doubt that you've ever experienced a production quite like that at Luna Stage... a tour de force performance... Thank you, Luna Stage, for a wonderful holiday present. It's just what we need this year."
Meet The Director
Click on Daryl's photo to listen to an interview about the show.
Daryl L. Stewart is an actor, director and teaching artist. Stewart's regional music theater credits include Gershwins' My One & Only, The Wild Party, Disney's Aida, Carousel, Ragtime, Into The Woods, Stepshow (NYMF) and Five Guys Named Moe. Director/choreographer credits include: The Wiz, Once On This Island, Annie, Seussical, Once Upon A Mattress, High School Musical, Fame and Disney's The Lion King Experience. Education: New York University, New York Conservatory for Drama and Papermill Playhouse Conservatory. Stewart serves on the faculty of several arts organizations including NJPAC Center for Arts Education, Luna Stage Theater Co. and Institute of Music. He is the 2014 Urban League YP Honoree for the Arts, Two-Time Papermill Rising Star Nominee and a 2013 BMC Award Nominee. iamdarylstewart.com | @thedarylstewart
Meet The Cast
Erica Bradshaw is a native Jersey girl that began her career at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, from there she originated the role of Adele in Arthur Millers' Mr. Peter's Connections (off-Broadway) and has worked in various regional theaters including; Hartford Stage, Signature Theater (NYC), Actors Theater of Louisville, Milwaukee Rep, City Theater, Delaware Theater Company, Seattle Shakespeare Theater, and the Actor's Gang. Winter 2016 Erica will star in This Wonderful Life, a solo holiday show, at Luna Stage, West Orange. Her television credits include over 20 episodes of Law & Order: SVU, The Good Wife, Rescue Me, Limitless, and Orange is the New Black (Season 4). Erica appear in the world premiere of Girls Shakes Loose at the Eugene O'Neill National Musical Theatre Conference in Waterford, Connecticut. Erica will also headline NYC Pride at the LGBT Center with her solo show White America Hero. Erica has been a senior teaching artist working in locations all over the country for over 20 years.