Midnight Radio: War of the Worlds

  • October 24 - November 9, 2013

Midnight Radio War of the Worlds, 75th anniversary celebration

We’re celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the original broadcast of the Mercury Theater’s classic end-of-the-world radio play, War of the Worlds – with a Pittsburgh spin.

Bricolage’s performance by permission of Anne Koch. It was broadcast on October 30, 1938, on CBS Radio, creating widespread panic among listeners, many of whom actually believed the US was under attack by Martian invaders.

See What Everyone Else Is Saying

  • “More than anything the amount of humor and overall fun in this production is really what sold it for me, and the fact that Bricolage has adapted the script to be very much Pittsburgh-based.”

    – Chelsea Oliver, Chels and the City
  • “The company plays it dead straight, which gives us an amazing opportunity to witness how Koch and Welles exploit the medium of radio to their ends. The propulsion of the story, and the stripped-to-the-bone manner in which it is told, keeps you riveted from beginning to end.”

    – Ted Hoover, Pittsburgh City Paper
  • "'War of the Worlds' was destined to be a touchstone for a company that has dedicated parts of five seasons to the concept of staging old-time radio broadcasts for live audiences. In the years since Welles' original broadcast, it has continued to transcend the entertainment medium.”

    – Sharon Eberson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Meet the Cast & Crew

  • Written by

    • H.G. Wells
  • Adapted for Radio and Stage by

    • Howard W. Koch
  • Directed by

    • Jeffrey Carpenter
  • Musical Direction

    • Jason Coll
  • Commercials

    • Tami Dixon
  • Multimedia Projections

    • Andrew J. Paul
  • Performers

    • Tami Dixon
    • Paul Guggenheimer
    • Randy Kovitz
    • Jason McCune
    • Sean Sears
  • Musical Guests

    • The Ortner-Roberts Duo