Fringe Theater Key West opens its season with a free reading of the 1947 radio play, It’s a Wonderful Life. The readings will take place in four different venues, Dec 7-10pm.

“We wanted to do something special for our community this year,” Fringe board president Janet Bengel explains. “Helping people get into the holiday spirit seemed just the thing. So we decided to gift the community with a free holiday production.”

It’s a Wonderful Life, the radio play, is directed by Glenda Donovan and features Bob Bowersox, Stephanie Miller, Tony Konrath, Bob Smith, Kate Miano, Deborah Ann Snelgrove, Wayne Dapser, Brad Gottschalk, Dustin Hoffman, Peggy Guidotti, Neal Ruchman, David Lebwohl, Alicia Merel, and Bob Rowand.

Free readings will be held at 7pm at Duval Square (Dec 7), Side Bar at Aqua (Dec 8), Marathon Community Theater (Dec 9), and Bottlecap Lounge (Dec 10).  If you can’t make it to one of the readings, you can listen to the live broadcast on Dec 7 on Island Radio 106.9 (it also livestreams at

Seating is limited at each venue, so audience members are encouraged to come early. No advance tickets are required. Seats will be available for as long as they last.

In addition to the free reading, Fringe is bringing back Lillian Baxter with an all new show at the Little Room Jazz Club. Tickets range from $25 to $55 depending on the show night.  There’s even a special New Year’s Eve show!

Lillian Baxter is a feel-good “one-woman” show that features John Vessels and Jay Schwandt.  Cabaret comedy meets beautiful renditions of the great American songbook. An Evening with Lillian Baxter runs Dec 21-24 and 26-31 at 7pm in the Little Room Jazz Club.

To learn more about these shows, please go to or call 305-731-0581.

Fringe Theater Key West is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to enrich, educate, and entertain.