By Ben Sclair
If you missed the one-night-only reading of ‘War of the Worlds’ at Lakewood Playhouse tonight (October 30), I’m sorry.
The packed house started the evening at 7 pm with wine and hors d’oeuvres, followed by the reading at 8 pm. The one-hour show was a re-enactment of the famous radio program of October 30, 1938 (70 years to the day) that caused nationwide fear and panic.
The War of the Worlds was an episode of the American radio drama anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on October 30, 1938 and aired over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. Directed and narrated by Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H. G. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds. — Source Wikipedia
The night celebrated two anniversaries; ‘War of the Worlds’ and the Lakewood Playhouse. Both share the same birth date, October 30, 1938. With the exception of a brief period during World War II, Lakewood Playhouse has remained in continuous operation.
The event served as a fundraiser for the Playhouse. Judging by the turnout, I’d say it was a success. And in the spirit of Orson Welles, Happy Halloween everyone.