Bay Theater Presents War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast

Treat yourself to a piece of history. In 1938 a 23 year old Orson Welles, broadcast an adaptation of the H.G Wells classic, War of the Worlds. Afterwords it was widely reported that panic resulted when listeners mistook this as real news.

“War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast” by Joe Landry is a play about the events surrounding the live radio broadcast that turned Orson Welles into a household name overnight.

The story examines the legend of the broadcast by the Mercury Theater Company that starred Welles. It is set ten years later as the WBFR radio ensemble recreates the colorful events surrounding the infamous evening, including the full original broadcast. Complete with vintage commercials and live sound effects, this radio-play-within-a-radio-play is a thrilling homage to the form’s golden age and timely reminder of what fear can do to a society.

Bay Village Community Theater is pleased to welcome back Director Chris Bizub to lead the cast which include Jackie Scheufler, Preston Postle, Tim Peebles, Brittany Bizub, Andrew Keller and Cat Kenny.

The theater troupe will return to the Parkside Hall, located behind St. Barnabas Church 468 Bradley Rd, Bay Village, OH 44140 (Corner of Bradley & Wolf Roads), for the 5 performances. A big shout out to St. Barnabas for hosting us once again, your support is very much appreciated.

Performances at 8 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, October 19, 20, 26 and 27. At this time a single matinee performance is scheduled 3 pm, Sunday, October 28.

All seats are general admission and we encourage you to reserve your ticket early.

Visit for information and links to online reservations or call our box office and leave a message with your name, phone number and preferred date of performance. The box office phone number is (440) 847-8494.

Ticket prices for Adults are $12. Seniors and Students are $10.

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