Long Beach Shakespeare Company Recreates Panic Broadcast for Halloween!

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War of the Worlds by Long Beach Shakespeare Company

Long Beach Shakespeare Company reprises their special Halloween performance of War of the Worlds.

The War of the Worlds, written by H.G. Wells as conceived by Orson Welles / Adapted by Howard W. Kochreturns to incite Long Beach audiences Halloween weekend.

On October 30th, 1938, radio listeners tuned in to CBS, expecting a dramatic adaptation of a literary classic, and heard what sounded like an actual news bulletin announcing the landing of a Martian spacecraft. “Ladies and gentlemen, this is the most terrifying thing I have ever witnessed…Someone’s crawling out of the hollow top…The whole field’s caught fire…It’s coming this way. About twenty yards to my right—”

The broadcast included interviews with scientists, military personnel, and government officials, all following the progress of the alien invaders. There was “live coverage” from scenes of mass destruction and reports of citizens rushing out of town to escape the poison gas attacks. People panicked across America! The action is told in newscasts, and The war-worried American public mistook the broadcast for an actual invasion alert.

The performance includes a mix of live and recorded sound effects. Also included will be a presentation (with a slide show) from Mat Kaplan, host and producer of Planetary Radio, the Planetary Society’s weekly public radio series and podcast about space exploration. Kaplan will give an update on what is currently known about the Red Planet.

LBSC will perform this dramatic adaptation before a live audience on Thursday-Saturday, October 27-29 at 8 pm, and Monday-Sunday nights (October 30 and Halloween night) at 7 pm.

At the Richard Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Avenue, in Long Beach. Tickets are $15.00 general / $10.00 students. Tickets and info for War of the Worlds Long Beach Shakespeare Company website or at 562-997-1494.

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