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USF Recreates Iconic War Of The Worlds Broadcast Onstage

Credit Mollie Shutt
Brad Beauchamp and Caleb Meyer discussing the fine points of portaying radio drama onstage.

Eighty years ago, Orson Welles shocked the nation with a Halloween spoof, announcing an alien invasion over the radio airwaves, and beginning tomorrow, the University of Saint Francis is bringing that story back to the limelight with its stage production of "War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast."

This radio play within a radio play is a salute to that form's golden age, showcasing the skills of the Foley artists of that day, and the excitement of live studio broadcasts as it retells the story of that infamous evening onstage.

Last week, WBOI's Julia Meek sat down with director, Brad Beauchamp and lead actor, Caleb  Meyer, to talk about the impact of the show that started it all, its place in broadcasting history and what fear can do to a society.

Event Information:

War of the Worldsw: The Panic Broadcast
@ USF's Performing Arts Center, downtown Fort Wayne
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 25th-27th, 2018
8:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 28th
2:00 p.m.

For show times and ticket information, visit the Facebook Event page.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.
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