The familiar story begins the same as the movie, with everyone praying for George, who's in some sort of a crisis, and these prayers being answered by an angel named Clarence, who first needs to learn about George's life to date. We see videos of some of his childhood scenes, displayed in intersecting pieces on different parts of the set. The action eventually transitions to live on stage, but videos continue to be used sparingly throughout (e.g., Zuzu's petals). It's a clever way to fit in all of the varied bits of the story, and also nod to the cinematic quality of the movie.
|Clarence (Rick Wyman) and George (Raúl Arámbula)|
(photo by Molly Weibel)
|Raúl Arámbula and Eva Gemlo recreating|
the iconic scene (photo by Molly Weibel)
The set consists of white-washed wooden structures - platforms, stairs, and silhouettes of houses, upon which the pre-recorded scenes, as well as images for the various locations, are displayed. The cast is dressed in period costumes that aren't flashy, but reflect small town depression era life. (Scenic design by Greg Vanselow, costume design by Rebecca Bernstein.)