The Gift of the Magi

The Gift of the Magi: A Live Radio Play

by Bob Cooner

O. Henry's beloved Christmas classic takes on new dimensions in this adaptation that moves the action forward to World War I-era New York City. Very much in love, newlyweds Della and James want to make their first Christmas together extra special, but they'll need a miracle to overcome the obstacles posed by family and finances. The young couple encounter colorful New York characters from all walks of life in their quest to give each other the perfect gift. This radio version reduces the action to about 80 minutes.

December 16th through 20th, 2021 @ 7:00pm
December 22nd and 23rd, 2021 @ 7:00pm

Now Streaming On-Demand! $19 Rental for 24 hours via Vimeo.


Maura Atwood (Della)

Maura Atwood has had a wonderful time creating this show with these cute fools! Maura is an actor, ghostwriter, teacher and poet who has been working in Milwaukee's theaters since 2016. Favorite shows include RICHARD III with Mad Rogues, MACHINA PERSONA with Cooperative Performance, and THE HIDING PLACE with Acacia Theatre. Much love to all her nerds! “And all my fortunes at Thy foot I’ll lay, and follow Thee my Lord throughout the world.” @maurathalias

Rick Bingen (James)

Rick Bingen is an actor, playwright, and director from Kenosha, Wisconsin. He is excited to be a part of this Christmas classic and work with these wonderful people. Some of Rick's favorite roles include Benedick in Much Ado, Silvius in As You Like It, and AJ in Between Two Rivers. Please visit for more information on his plays.

Abigail Stein (Mrs. Mullins, Mrs. Young, Saleslady, Mdm. Sofrina)

Abigail has been playing in the Milwaukee theatre scene since moving here from Seattle in 2016. She has directed for Village Playhouse, Cooperative Performance and several staged readings of New Works. Her acting credits have been at Sunset Playhouse, various independently produced productions, All-In Productions, Voices Found Rep, Cooperative Performance, and Lake Country Playhouse. She has had a blast working with this crew of fine performers. As always, thank you to Jason for putting up with the chaos that is his wife.

Zach Sharrock (Mr. Bennett, Mr. Kobrinsky, Mr. Kraus, Sergeant)

Having been a life long fan of old radio programs, Zach is excited to be a part of this ensemble cast. He has performed across most of south eastern Wisconsin with Kohl’s Wild Theater, Lake County Playhouse, Inspiration Studios, and is happy to add sunstone studios to the list now. Enjoy the show! @zach_of_milwaukee

Ekene Ikegwuani (Host)

Ekene is an actor, musician, and writer, that enjoys telling stories through seriousness and silliness. They are thankful for the opportunity to join this wonderful cast! @ekansthepokemon

Production Team

Amber Regan (Director)

I am so incredibly grateful for this opportunity. Hopefully, I get to do this again next year. I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday Season.

Delaney Regan (Stage Manager)

Delaney has never written a bio before and the cast told her what to do. Is this right? OMG! MIAD 2025! #theatrenerd TTYL

Ben Yela (Lighting Designer)

Special Thanks