Erin Davie (Side Show), Dominique Fishback (Subverted) and Krysta Rodriguez (The Addams Family) have joined the starry cast of Abingdon Theatre Company’s upcoming benefit reading of War of the Worlds, Orson Welles’ 1938 radio play about extraterrestrials invading New York.
Directed by artistic director Tony Speciale, Abingdon Theatre Company will present War of the Worlds October 24 at 7 PM at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place, NYC). Musical direction will be by Tim Rosser (The Boy Who Danced on Air), and sound effects will be by Beth Ann Hopkins and Joe Jung.
Welles’ radio interpretation of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds, according to press notes, “threw America into nationwide hysteria when broadcast on the eve of Halloween, 1938. Many listeners tuned in late, mistakenly took the show for a real news broadcast, and believed that Martians were invading New York City. The controversy and widespread media outrage regarding the science-fiction play's realism and subsequent panic catapulted Orson Welles' career as a director, actor, and writer. Today, as the most contentious election of our generation draws nearer, we are witnessing actions and ideas alien to our way of life invade our country. War of the Worlds resonates as a timely allegory of our Nation's deep-rooted prejudices and fear of the other.”
Tickets, starting at $25, are now available at nyuskirball.org/calendar/waroftheworlds.