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Raconteur Radio

Raconteur Radio Presents: The War of the Worlds: a Staged Radio Play

Friday October 17, 2014
7:00 PM
A Special ‘After Hours’ Event Featuring Michael Jarmus, Carlyle Owens, Laurence Mintz, and Alex Dawson. Do you ever wish you would have been beside the players of the Mercury Theatre when they first performed War of the Worlds live on air and spread panic to the listening audience? Now, library patrons will get their chance to see the radio drama in person as 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 featuresPhoto of radio performers 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

This program is supported by the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.


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