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The War of the Worlds (1938 radio drama)

The War of the Worlds (1938 radio drama)

Friday, October 8, 2021 @ 8 PM
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“The War of the Worlds” is an episode of the American radio drama anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air directed and narrated by actor and future filmmaker Orson Welles as an adaptation of H. G. Wells’s novel The War of the Worlds (1898). It was performed and broadcast live as a Halloween episode at 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 30, 1938, over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. The episode became famous for allegedly causing panic among its listening audience, though the scale of panic is disputed, as the program had relatively few listeners.

The one-hour program began with the theme music for the Mercury Theatre on the Air and an announcement that the evening’s show was an adaptation of The War of the Worlds. Orson Welles then read a prologue which was closely based on the opening of H. G. Wells’ novel modified slightly to move the story’s setting to 1939. For about the next twenty minutes, the broadcast was presented as a typical evening of radio programming being interrupted by a series of news bulletins. The first few news flashes occur during a presentation of “live” music and describe a series of odd explosions observed on Mars, followed by a seemingly unrelated report of an unusual object falling on a farm in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey. The musical program returns briefly before being interrupted by a live report from Grover’s Mill, where police officials and a crowd of curious onlookers have surrounded the strange cylindrical object that fell from the sky. The situation escalates when Martians emerge from the cylinder and attack using a heat-ray, which the panicked reporter at the scene describes until his audio feed abruptly goes dead. This is followed by a rapid series of increasingly alarming news updates detailing a devastating alien invasion taking place around the country and the futile efforts of the U.S. military to stop it. The first portion of the show climaxes with another live report from a Manhattan rooftop as giant Martian war machines release clouds of poisonous smoke across New York City. The reporter mentions in passing that Martian cylinders have landed all over the country as he describes desperate New Yorkers fleeing and “dropping like flies”, the smoke inexorably approaching his location. Eventually he coughs and falls silent, and a lone ham radio operator is heard mournfully calling “Is there anyone on the air? Isn’t there… anyone?” with no response. Only then did the program take its first break, a full thirty-eight minutes after Welles’s introduction.

The second half of the show shifts to a conventional radio drama format which follows a survivor (played by Welles) dealing with the aftermath of the invasion and the ongoing Martian occupation of Earth. The final segment lasts for about sixteen minutes, and as in the original novel, it concludes with the revelation that the Martians have been defeated by microbes rather than by humans. The broadcast ends with a brief “out of character” announcement by Welles in which he cheerfully compares the show to “dressing up in a sheet, jumping out of a bush and saying ‘Boo!'”

Welles’s “War of the Worlds” broadcast has become famous for supposedly tricking some of its listeners into believing that a Martian invasion was actually taking place due to the “breaking news” style of storytelling employed in the first half of the show. The illusion of realism was furthered because the Mercury Theatre on the Air was a sustaining program without commercial interruptions; the first break in the drama came after Martian war machines were described as devastating New York City. Popular legend holds that some of the radio audience may have been listening to The Chase and Sanborn Hour with Edgar Bergen and tuned in to “The War of the Worlds” during a musical interlude, thereby missing the clear introduction indicating that the show was a work of science fiction. However, contemporary research suggests that this happened only in rare instances.

In the days after the adaptation, widespread outrage was expressed in the media. The program’s news-bulletin format was described as deceptive by some newspapers and public figures, leading to an outcry against the broadcasters and calls for regulation by the Federal Communications Commission. Nevertheless, the episode secured Welles’s fame as a dramatist.

 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_of_the_Worlds_(1938_radio_drama)

 

Shoelaces

Lobby Doors: 3:00 PM
Dinner at Andrea’s: 6:00pm (additional cost)
Runtime:
1 hr 38 minutes
Director: 
Jacob Goldwasser
Genre:
Drama
Language:
Hebrew

Shoelaces:
This engaging, tender dramedy explores the knotty relationship between an irascible mechanic and his exuberant special-needs son. When his ex-wife dies, Reuven must take over caring for Gadi, his now-adult son. The bond between them gradually grows but then is tested by events that raise profound moral and legal questions. A rare, honest depiction of special-needs characters, told with gentle humor and sensitivity,

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The Other Story

Lobby Doors: 6:00 PM
Runtime:
1 hr 52 minutes
Director:
Avi Nesher
Genre:
Drama
Language: 
Hebrew

The Other Story:

An estranged father, Dr Yonotan Abadi (Segal), gets a call from his ex-wife Tali (Dagan) with an unexpected announcement from their hedonistic daughter Anat (Rieger). In a complete departure from her party girl lifestyle, she has become engaged to a devout musician and enrolled in an ultra-orthodox seminary. Unsettled by her mysterious embrace of religious zealotry, Yonatan and Tali are desperate to force Anat to reconsider her radical new path, one from which there will soon be no turning back. However, the closer they try to get to their daughter, the more she wants to distance herself from them..

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The Invisibles

Lobby Doors: 6:00 PM
Opening Night Cocktail Reception: 6:00pm
Runtime:
1 hr 50 minutes
Director:
Claus Räfle
Genre:
Biography, Drama, History
Language:
German

The Invisibles:
Berlin, February 1943: The NS regime declares the Reich’s capital “free of Jews.” At this point in time, 7000 Jews have succeeded in going underground. Almost 1700 will survive the horrors of the war in Berlin. The Invisibles tells the stories of four of these contemporary witnesses. Hanni Lévy, who has just turned 17, has lost both of her parents. Thanks to her dyed, blonde hair, she is practically invisible to her pursuers, and strolls along the Ku’damm to pass the time away. Cioma Schönhaus has also gone underground and leads an adventurous life that consists of buying a sailboat, dining in Berlin’s best restaurants, and becoming a forger of passports, through which he saves the lives of dozens of other Jews. And while Eugen Friede joins a resistance group that distributes anti government leaflets, Ruth Arndt and a friend dream about life in America during the daytime; at night, she pretends to be a war widow and serves black-market gourmet foods in the apartment of an NS officer.

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