Peterborough Players announce third annual winter season

Peterborough – Following an amazing summer season, the Players return for their third annual winter season. First in the three-play line-up is a classic holiday tale told from a new perspective, followed in January by the return of one of their most popular productions, and they close out the season in February with a thrilling play.

The season opens with “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” adapted by Joe Landry, playing Dec. 6-16. Inspired by the classic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” brings the holiday tale to captivating life as a 1940s radio broadcast. George Bailey, Zuzu, Clarence the Angel, and grumpy old Mr. Potter all return to tell the story of an idealistic George Bailey as he considers his mortality one fateful Christmas Eve. Directed by Gus Kaikkonen. Rated PG.

Following a break for the New Year, the stage lights up again in February with the return of “Fully Committed,” a comedy by Becky Mode starring Kraig Swartz, playing Jan. 17-27. This hit comedy warms the basement of Manhattan’s trendiest, most impossible-to-get-into restaurant where the best food inspires the worst behavior. In one frazzled day, our hero, a harried reservationist/struggling actor, fends off coercion, hysterics, and bribes, only to stumble upon his own recipe for success. Kraig Swartz first opened his menu of 40 delicious characters at the Players in 2001. Since then his Fully Committed performance has won him Philadelphia’s Best Actor Barrymore Award and Michigan’s Thespie Award. Rated PG.

The season closes with “Stage Struck” by Simon Gray playing Feb. 7-17. In his younger days, Robert Simon was a first-rate stage-manager. Now he has become a thoroughly efficient and happy house-husband, catering to the whims of his successful West End actress wife. Through the clumsy intervention of a psychiatrist, he learns that his happiness and his marriage are soon to end.