When you hear "The War of the Worlds," you probably think of Tom Cruise running around the alien-invaded world in 2005, but it’s time to start thinking about Company Carolina’s upcoming production of the show.
"War of the Worlds" was originally written as a science fiction novel in 1895 by H.G. Wells, but was broadcasted live as a series of interruptions by Orson Welles on CBS Radio, on Oct. 30, 1938. This brought on some hysteria to the American public as many did not know that it was a fake broadcast, and truly believed martians were invading the United States.
From Friday, Nov. 3, to Sunday, Nov. 5, you can watch the first theatrical production of this hysteria for the stage in Forest Theatre.
“What’s different about this production is that we’ve taken the 1938 script where it was originally broadcasted and we’ve adapted it to stage movement,” director Susan Ryan said. “We have updated the script so we’re including staging that gestures towards things like drone warfare. And instead of telephone operators, we’re working with bloggers and Facebook live feeds.”
The show has been put on a live stage before, but only in a radio-broadcast, reading-from-scripts sort of way. Ryan said this production is both new and challenging.