Raconteur Radio Presents: The War of the Worlds: a Staged Radio Play
Although there is debate as to the level of panic the radio drama caused, the performance raised outrage in the general public in the 1930s and also raised the profile of the Theatre’s director, Orson Welles. And it is still engaging audiences to this day.
Set in Grover’s Mills, N.J., the play is a loose adaptation of the classic H. G. Wells novel, and begins as a musical broadcast intermittently interrupted by news flashes about strange explosions on Mars and the landing of an alien spacecraft on Earth. The simulated ‘news bulletins’ of the original October broadcast suggested to many contemporaneous listeners that an actual alien invasion was currently in progress and, as a result, there were instances of panicked evacuation throughout the United States, especially in New Jersey!
The Radio play features real actors in front of a live audience. The actors wear period costumes, the stage features theatrical lighting, the show includes vintage commercials and even hundreds of sound effects! Come and join us for a special Friday evening performance (when the Library is normally closed) for what The New York Times has called “Family-friendly guerilla theatre” and what The Star-Ledger has labeled as one of the “7 best things to do” in New Jersey!
Raconteur Radio stages theatrical presentations of classic and original radio plays for live audiences throughout the Tri-state area. For more info, visit www.raconteurradio.com.
This program is supported by the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.