War of the Worlds

It was 75 years ago that actor/director Orson Welles caused panic across America with the radio broadcast of Howard Koch’s The War of the Worlds. The show chronicled, in an apparently much too realistic style, an attack on earth from outer space. Listeners across the country mistook the radio play for a news broadcast. “People didn’t listen carefully to the broadcast, and word started getting around the country that the world was being invaded by spaceships,” says Philip Lehl, co-artistic director of Stark Naked Theatre and director of this production, part of the company’s 2013-2014 Reading Series. “People heard just enough of what they thought was a news broadcast to panic,” says Lehl. “Some people went out hunting for Martians; some people said, ‘Let’s get out of town.’ Everybody panicked. I’ve always loved…what happened during the broadcast, I’ve always loved the script, and I thought it would be fun to do [for Halloween].” Five actors, including KUHF radio personality Andrew Schneider, David Matranga and Lehl, will portray multiple characters.

7:30 p.m. Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring. For information, call 832‑866-6514 or visit starknakedtheatre.com. $10.
Wed., Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m., 2013

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