RAHWAY – Seventy-five years ago this week, radio audiences first experienced Orson Welles’ radio drama adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel War of the Worlds. As the Halloween special for the CBS radio network’s Mercury Theatre On Air, the program terrified an audience that reached 6 million people, some of whom believed that the program’s news reports of a Martian invasion were actually true.
On Saturday, Nov. 2, Hamilton Stage in Rahway will feature Raconteur Radio’s dramatization of the classic radio play, with actors re-creating a period radio studio to deliver a scripted performance complete with theatrical lighting, costumes and sound effects.
The show will also include an exhibition of War of the Worlds memorabilia and a costume contest with prizes. (Entrants must follow costume guidelines and make a small donation to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America. For more details, visit hamiltonstagenj.com.
Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $20 and may be purchased from the Union County Performing Arts Center box office or at www.ucpac.org
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