The War of the Worlds—The Panic Broadcast
May 7-8, 2021
7:00 P.M. Friday Evening
1:00 P.M. Saturday Matinee
7:00 P.M. Saturday Evening
A live radio play by Joe Landry—An alien invasion throws humanity into chaos in H.G. Wells’ 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 actual news. Now, ten years later, our 1940s WCCS radio ensemble recreates the colorful events surrounding the infamous evening. 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 how media, panic, and bacteria affect our world.