by Adapted by John Haas and Kathy Jones. Story originally by H.G. Wells., directed by John Haas
MARTIANS WILL INVADE THE EASTERN SHORE AT HALLOWEEN
Thanks to Church Hill Theatre, local audiences can share thrills and chills in a recreation of the famous 1938 Mercury Theatre production of The War of the Worlds, a radio program so realistic that many listeners feared an actual Martian attack on New Jersey. CHT’s performances on October 30 and 31 will present this spooky classic in a live format via Zoom.
The original version, an adaptation of an 1898 H. G. Wells novel, was directed and narrated by Orson Welles on Sunday, October 30, 1938, as a live episode of the CBS anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air. The controversial news-bulletin format outraged authorities and secured Welles’s fame.
Director John Haas, usually seen on the stage at CHT, adapted the original script to incorporate Eastern Shore references for this virtual production. The cast features Melissa McGlynn, Bradley Chaires, Minnie Maloney, Matt Folker, Jeff Daly, Nic Carter, Shannon Whitaker, and Michelle Christopher. Shelagh Grasso is the producer and the important and influential sound effects will be under the control of Doug Kaufmann and Kat Melton.
The virtual show will be performed LIVE for both performances, using the zoom platform as a “radio broadcast”. Tickets, $15, may be purchased through this website.
So gather your family around and Join us at 8pm on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31 as The War of the Worlds is brought back to life on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.