‘War of the Worlds’-inspired play wins Oregon competition
By RAY KELLY
Nearly 75 years later, the "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast continues to inspire.
Last year, the faux documentary "War of the Worlds: The True Story" was released to movie theaters. Now, a one-act play based on the 1938 broadcast has won an Oregon competition for playwrights.
"We Interrupt This Program," by Justin Blasdel of Fayetteville, Arkansas, is a comedy about two families' contrasting reactions to the Mercury Theatre broadcast on October 30, 1938.
The Astor Street Opry Co., which organized the competition, will stage "We Interrupt This Program" during its New Works Festival from Februay 1 through 16 in Astoria, Oregon. It will be directed by Markus Brown, and star Kendall McEuen, Tieler Ferrell, Josh Loring and Ben VanOsdol.
Tickets are priced at $15 or less and available by calling (503) 325-6104 or online at www.astorstreetoprycompany.com
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