In my tenure with Theatre Unleashed, a Los Angeles-based theatre company that I co-founded in 2008, I have written several pieces for the stage. Perhaps my most successful is my stage adaptation of the classic holiday film "It's a Wonderful Life." First produced in 2011, the play has played to sold out houses during the holiday season ever since and earned multiple Scenie and TUny awards. I am a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: THE RADIO PLAY
"Look daddy, teacher says every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings."
It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play takes place at KAWL, a struggling 1940s radio station that good-hearted owner Michael Anderson is barely keeping alive. He calls on some old friends (with big personalities) and some less-than-professional station employees to offer up a live radio version of Frank Capra’s touching masterpiece It’s a Wonderful Life in what might sadly be the station’s last live show. But it’s the holidays, a time when miracles can happen…
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WHAT THE CRITICS HAD TO SAY ABOUT "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: THE RADIO PLAY"
“The show is a piffle, so fresh and light it can almost float away, yet so deep and profound a moral message.”
“It’s delightfully intricate and silly and a good time all around. You will leave with smile.”
“Full of heartwarming, funny, and sweet moments, it is a wonderful holiday play to watch with anyone and one that should not be missed.”
It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play is an unexpected gem that will undoubtedly leave you a bit teary, overwhelmed by its powerful message of hope, humanity, and goodness.”
For a holiday entertainment full of laughter and sentiment, It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play is at the top of the tree.”
“This production is perfect, good old fashion, holiday entertainment for the entire family.”
“It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play is holiday season live theatre at its most delightful and heartwarming.”
“If you haven't seen it yet, you're missing a delightful holiday treat build around a stunningly simple but wonderful idea.”
“Makes for a nice gift, for Christmas or Hanukkah or your holiday of choice.”
“There’s more than one Christmas miracle in store for the cast and characters of Theatre Unleashed’s It’s A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, Jim Martyka’s double-your-pleasure adaptation of the holiday perennial.”
“It’s A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play is once again a Theatre Unleashed holiday delight.”
THE SHORT PLAYS
Here is a selection of my original short plays, which have been performed around the country and around the world, including at the acclaimed Short+Sweet Festival. If interested in producing any of these plays or "It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play," please contact me.
For a Daydream An Old Secret Friendly Neighbor Home I Got a Woman
Pilgrim Coladas One Minute To The Fairy Tale Timing...All In The What Do You