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Theatre Performance: The War of the Worlds

  • Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
  • Time: 9:00 pm
  • Location: Dahl Centennial Union, Marty's

Performance Dates

  • October 31, 9pm

Radio drama performance of "The War of the Worlds" by Orson Welles in Marty's Cybercafe.

Press Release

Luther College's visual and performing arts department (VPA) is presenting a live radio show performance of Howard Koch's radio script "The War of the Worlds" at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in Marty's, located on the lowest level of Luther's Dahl Centennial Union. The performance will also be broadcast on Luther's radio station KWLC at 1240AM and online through KWLC's website,

This event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

"War of the Worlds" is based off H.G. Wells' book of the same name released in 1898. Orson Welles' interpretation of this extraterrestrial radio drama debuted in 1938 from New York's Mercury Theatre. The story describes an ongoing alien invasion of Earth. The original performance wreaked havoc among audiences, for they had been convinced that the broadcast was real. Luther's VPA breathes new life into this classic work of science fiction by collaborating with students from Luther's music composition classes.

This production is directed by Jeff Dintaman, Luther professor of theatre, and Robert Vrtis, Luther assistant professor of theatre. The music is directed by Brooke Joyce, Luther assistant professor in music and composer-in-residence.


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