SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Martians are descending on South Plainfield! Come hear the radio play about alien invaders that gripped a nation back in 1938! Do you ever wish you were there when the players of the Mercury Theatre first performed War of the Worlds live on air and spread panic to the listening audience? Now, South Plainfield Public Library patrons will get their chance to see the radio drama in person as Raconteur Radio presents: “The War of the Worlds: A Staged Radio Play” on Saturday, October 28 at 1:30pm. Set in Grover’s Mills, N.J., the play is a loose adaptation of the classic H. G. Wells novel, and begins as a musical broadcast intermittently interrupted by news flashes about strange explosions on Mars and the landing of an alien spacecraft on Earth. The simulated ‘news bulletins’ of the original October broadcast suggested to many listeners that an actual alien invasion was currently in progress and, as a result, there were instances of panicked evacuation throughout the United States, especially in New Jersey! The Radio play features real actors in front of a live audience. The actors wear period costumes, the stage features theatrical lighting, the show includes vintage commercials and even hundreds of sound effects! The production stars Michael Jarmus, Laurence Mintz, and Alex Dawson from Raconteur Radio.
RACONTEUR RADIO: stages theatrical presentations of vintage radio plays, classic works of literature, and pop culture parodies for live audiences throughout the Tri-State area. They've been called "family friendly guerrilla theater" by the New York Times, one of "the 7 best things to do in NJ" by the Newark Star-Ledger, "innovative and entertaining" by the Home News Tribune, and "a radio show on steroids" by the Courier News. For more info, visit www.RaconteurRadio.com. This program will be held at the South Plainfield Senior Center. Admission is free, but registration is required. The performance is sponsored by the South Plainfield Public Library and the Friends of the South Plainfield Library. Please register by calling the library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.