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Relive the Terrifying Broadcast that Panicked a Nation!

H Street Playhouse
1365 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Orson Welles first produced this classic as a special Halloween episode on Oct. 30, 1938 for Mercury Theatre on the Air, a prominent radio show. The broadcast featured breaking news of a “Martian invasion” that seemingly interrupted the regularly scheduled music program.

A series of frightening and very realistic news bulletins followed, lending credibility to the purported alien attack. These radio reports were heard by millions of Americans at a tenuous time when threats of a World War were looming. As a result, panic ignited among an estimated 1.2 million Americans.

SCENA’s riveting stage adaptation recreates the original broadcast, as it is set in “real time” and follows the exact script. However, this production provides patrons with a voyeuristic view of what transpired inside the studio and dramatizes the hysterical reactions that took place within many American homes.

Altogether this production creates a rich and memorable theatre experience for Washingtonians. Plus, The War of the Worlds is perfect for the Halloween season due to its terrifying nature.

Call 703-683-2824 or visit www.scenatheater.org to buy tickets or learn more.

Official Run: October 28 – November 28 (Thur. – Sat. 8pm; Sun. 3pm)

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