It's a Wonderful Life: James W. Rodgers' stage adaptation of Frank Capra's classic 1940's Christmas film continues to bring this inspirational story to national audiences. It is Christmas Eve in Bedford Falls, New York and banker George Bailey is troubled. He has spent his caring for his family, supporting his younger brother's education and providing for the lower-income families of the town, often at the expense of his own dreams to travel the world. Earlier that morning, his Uncle Billy, distracted by the taunts of the local slumlord Henry F. Potter, absentmindedly lost the $8,000 Building and Loan cash fund he was to be depositing with Potter. Unable to see his way out, George drinks himself into a stupor and attempts suicide. Called by the prayers of George's family and friends, however, Clarence Odbody, Angel Second Class, intervenes to show George what the town would be like if he had never lived. Inspired by the short story "The Greatest Gift" by Philip Van Doren Stern.