Playwrights On Park Reading Series Presents Joe Landry's WAR OF THE WORLDS THE PANIC BROADCAST
Join Playhouse on Park in designating the Greater Hartford area as a premiere destination for the cultivation of innovative theatrical work!
The Playwrights on Park Reading Series was created for this very purpose, and the next evening in this exciting series is Tuesday, September 25 at 7:30pm with Joe Landry's War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast.
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. 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. He has taught playwriting at Sacred Heart University and is currently developing new projects for the stage and screen.
The mission of Playwrights on Park is to produce original plays and musicals written by emerging playwrights. Each reading features a new work, where audience members participate in a talk back session with the playwright, director and cast members. Audience members are also provided with response cards at the end of each reading. Additionally, there is a talkback segment featuring the Playwright and cast after each reading.
All tickets are $10 each, general admission. For tickets, please call our box office at 860-523-5900 x10, or visit www.playhouseonpark.org. Playhouse on Park is located at 244 Park Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06119.