Our 2021-2022 Season: Special Event

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War of the Worlds

Written by H.G. Wells, adapted by Orson Welles

Eighty-three years ago, on October 30, 1938, the Martians 'invaded' Grover's Mill, New Jersey in Orson Welles' radio broadcast of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds", adapted by Howard Koch. Introduced as part of CBS Radio's "Mercury Theater on the Air" program, some radio listeners heard only a portion of the broadcast, and in the atmosphere of tension and anxiety leading to World War II, took it to be an actual news broadcast. And although Welles himself broke character at the end of the broadcast and assured audiences that what they had been listening to was nothing more than a 'dramatization' offered in the spirit of Halloween, real panic indeed ensued; newspapers reported that people were fleeing the area, others thinking they could smell poison gas or could see flashes of lightning in the distance.

This legendary radio broadcast will be recreated on stage at The Barn Theatre in Montville, NJ over two performanc es on October 30,2021 at 3pm and 8pmwith a 83rd Anniversary staged reading of the "War of the Worlds" radio drama as it was orginally performed by Orson Welles & the "Mercury Theatre on the Air."

Opening Night: Saturday, October 30, 2021 - Closing Night: Saturday, October 30, 2021

All tickets: $15


Carl Phillips, et alJoe Fleissner
Lead Foley ArtistErin Gilgur
AnnouncersRich Maloy
Foley ArtistCheryl Marocco Bookstaver
Older Orson WellesAlexander Oleksij
Orson WellesJonathan Peck
Mr. Wilmuth, et alLawrence Sanders
AnnouncersDavid Toussas
VariousMead Winters

Production Staff

DirectorRon Mulligan
Jonathan Peck
ProducerJanice Schopper
Lighting DesignErin Gilgur
Sound DesignSteve Gilgur
Erin Gilgur
Larry Wilbur
PropsCarr Fitzpatrick
CostumesJanice Schopper