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." Afterward 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 10 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 includes Jackie Scheufler, Preston Postle, Tim Peebles, Brittany Bizub, Andrew Keller and Cat Kenny.

The theater troupe will return to Parkside Hall, located behind St. Barnabas Church at 468 Bradley Road, Bay Village, for five performances. A big shout out to St. Barnabas for hosting us once again, your support is very much appreciated.

Performances are at 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27. At this time a single matinee performance is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 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.

Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and students.

Patrick M Meehan

Patrick is Vice President of Education for the Citizens for Bay Village Community Theater. An organization whose goal is to continue to provide quality Community Theater and Theater Education. We are establishing working relationships with civic groups, non-profit organizations, government, and businesses to keep community theater an active and vital part of our city. 

Visit Citizens For Bay Village Community Theater  on Facebook or contact us at for updates and our meeting schedule. 

Read More on Arts & Entertainment
Volume 10, Issue 19, Posted 9:52 AM, 10.02.2018