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‘War of the Worlds’ invades Clatskanie

Birkenfield Theatre hosts performance of notorious radio show Oct. 28

Published on October 23, 2017 1:28PM

Last changed on October 23, 2017 1:52PM

An actor performs the radio broadcast of “The War of the Worlds”

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An actor performs the radio broadcast of “The War of the Worlds”

CLATSKANIE — The most notorious radio show in history, “The War of the Worlds,” will be performed 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Birkenfeld Theatre in Clatskanie (75 S. Nehalem St.).

The show will be done in classic 1938 radio style, including live sound effects.

Written by Howard Koch (“Casablanca”), the program was originally broadcast on Orson Welles’ radio show, “The Mercury Theatre on the Air.” The Martian invasion was presented in such a realistic style that many listeners — who were already tense about the prospect of war in Europe — thought it was real. The original performance is known as “the night that panicked America.” 

Sponsored by the Clatskanie Arts Commission, this performance will be Stageworks Northwest Theatre’s first production in Clatskanie.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 60 and older and students, $10 for children. Buy tickets online at clatskaniearts.org or by calling 503-728-3403.

The show will also be performed at Stageworks’ home theater in Longview, Washington. For more information about the Longview shows and the organization, visit stageworksnorthwest.org.


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