A Red Orchid Theatre and Porchlight Music Theatre
team up to present
WAR OF THE WELLeS
A radio play based on Orson Welles’ 1938 recording of
the HG Wells book The War of the Worlds
Written by Porchlight Artistic Director Michael Weber
Directed by A Red Orchid Ensemble Member Lawrence Grimm
Available July 1-31, 2020
Halloween Eve, 1938.
A shaken America struggles to recover from economic collapse as Hitler threatens the future of the Free World. At 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, our nation is attacked...by the planet Mars.
An audacious “boy wonder” named Orson Welles has envisioned the most terrifying hour of radio ever presented and what emerges from the CBS airwaves that night will send an anxious population to the streets in mass hysteria. It was indeed a War of the Worlds pitting a daring, modern medium against a stunning abandonment of common sense. This is the true story of the legendary event that forever changed the rules of broadcasting while igniting the meteoric rise of an unbridled superstar.