War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast - October 19 - October 28, 2018

Bay Village Community Theater

 The Scene 

 

 

 

Time

 

Sunday, October 31, 1948. Some action suggests Sunday, October 30 1938 and other periods.

 

Place

 

A studio at WBFR, a metropolitan radio station, with some action suggesting Studio One at CBS in Manhattan and other locations.

 

 

THERE WILL BE ONE 15 MINUTE INTERMISSION

 

 

 

The Story

 

An alien invasion throws humanity into chaos in the classic sci-fi novel The War of the Worlds--but all it took to cause real-life panic in the streets was Orson Welles's 1938 radio adaptation, which listeners took for news. Now, ten years later, the WBFR radio ensemble recreates the colorful events surrounding the infamous evening, including the full original broadcast. Complete with vintage commercials and live sound effects, this radio-play-within-a-radio-play is a thrilling homage to the form's golden age and timely reminder of what fear can do to a society.

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