"WAR" Q & A

WHAT IS “THE WAR OF THE WORLDS?”

The War of the Worlds, a science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells, was written between 1895 and 1897, then serialized in 1897 in the United States by Cosmopolitan magazine. Published in hardcover in 1898, it is one of the earliest stories that dramatized a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race. “The War of the Worlds is one of the most discussed works in the science fiction canon,” says director Fred Crafts. “It has never been out of print, has prompted numerous films and stories by other authors, and has inspired scientists. It’s the gold standard for science fiction.”

 

WHEN IS THE SHOW?

We’ll perform it live only three times—at 7:30 p.m. April 7 and 8, and a matinee 2 p.m. April 9 in the Soreng Theater at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene.

HOW DO I GET TICKETS?

Tickets, starting at $15, are available at the Radio Redux website (www.radioreduxusa.com), by calling the Hult Center box office (541-682-5000) or by visiting the ticket office in the Hult Center lobby (12-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday).

 

HOW WILL RADIO REDUX PERFORM IT?

We’ll perform The War of the Worlds the Radio Redux way—as a vintage radio program, live on stage, reading from scripts, and making a lot of sound effects noise.

 

WHO IS IN THE CAST?

The cast—Dan Pegoda, Ken Hof, Achilles Massahos, Rebecca Nachison, and Fred Crafts—creates multiple characters. Jonathan Ward and Al Villanueva act and provide sound effects.

WHAT ELSE GOES ON AT THE SHOW?

     •  “Explore” — a lively, free, illustrated behind-the-show talk by radio-film historian Patrick Lucanio

45 minutes before show time (at 6:45 p.m. April 7 and 8 and 1:15 p.m. April 9) in the Jacobs Community Room (formerly Jacobs Gallery) on the Hult Center’s lower level.

     •An exhibition of historic memorabilia by director Bob Hart of the Lane County Historical Museum in Eugene and radio collectibles by curator Dennis Wright of the Radio Days Theater of the Mind Museum in Sutherlin.

     •A meet-the-cast encounter in the lobby after the show.

 

HOW LONG IS THE SHOW?

Running time: Approximately 90 minutes.