Reading Series: War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast

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September 25 2018

244 Park Rd.
West Hartford, CT 06119
860-523-5900

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PHONE: 860-523-5900

TIME: 07:30 pm

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By Joe Landry 

An alien invasion throws humanity into chaos in the 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 news. Now, ten years later, the WBFR radio ensemble recreates the colorful events surrounding the infamous evening, including the full original broadcast. 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 what fear can do to a society.  

About the Playwright

Joe Landry's plays have been produced across the country and internationally, and include "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" (named "One of the Top Ten Most Produced Plays in America" by American Theatre magazine), "Vintage Hitchcock," "War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast," "Reefer Madness," "Fake News!," "Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play," "Eve & Co.," "Beautiful," "Hollywood Babylon," "Relationship Status" and "Numb." Mr. Landry attended Playwright's Horizons/NYU, founded Second Guess Theatre Company in Connecticut and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

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