About the time most candy-seeking hobgoblins are done wandering the streets for the night, Stark Naked Theatre is staging its second annual reading of The War of the Worlds, the 1938 radio broadcast that Orsen Wells initiated drawn from the science fiction novel written in 1898 by H.G. Wells.
Legend has it that people across America became convinced they were in the middle of an alien invasion, especially those who missed the introduction saying that what they were about to hear was fiction.
Stark Naked's co-founder Philip Lehl will once again handle the directing duties as actors on chairs re-enact the night. "We had such fun last year re-creating this Halloween masterpiece, that we thought we'd do it again and add a few more bells and whistles," Lehl said. "We are delighted to have Houston public media's Andrew Schneider join us again, and hope we will have as large and as enthusiastic an audience as we did last year."
The staged reading, sponsored in part by the Houston Press, also includes actors Tom Prior, Jeff McMorrough, Amy Garner Buchanan and Bradley Winkler. This year, for the first time, the reading will be followed with a vintage bloody movie from the '70s or the '80s.
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The performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday October 31. Studio 101 at Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring Street. For information visit starknakedtheatre.com. $10.