The War of the Worlds: The 1938 Radio Script

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Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 7:30pm

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Orson Welles performng "The War of the Worlds" for gullible radio audiences

The Magenta Theater presents "The War of the Worlds: The 1938 Radio Script," a Magenta Black Chair Project by Howard E. Koch and directed by Reinikka McKaughan.

On Sunday, October 30, 1938, millions of radio listeners were shocked when radio news alerts announced the arrival of Martians. They panicked when they learned of the Martians' ferocious and seemingly unstoppable attack on Earth. Many ran out of their homes screaming while others packed up their cars and fled.

Though what the radio listeners heard was a portion of Orson Welles' adaptation of the well-known book, War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, many of the listeners believed what they heard on the radio was real. Hours after the program had ended and listeners had realized that the Martian invasion was not real, the public was outraged that Orson Welles had tried to fool them. Hear the full radio script as performed that fateful day in 1938 at this special, one-night only performance.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets $10/person online at, or $12 at the door (as available) on the night of the show. Advanced reservations are recommended.

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