About the Play

To celebrate National Audio Drama Day, and the 75th anniversary of Orson Welles’ 1938 panic broadcast,  Noir Dame Productions and San Jacinto College present a live, full cast audio drama based on H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, with multimedia, live and special sound effects.


The War of the Worlds: Houston, 1968 is set in the midst of Houston’s booming space age. It’s a time of exciting new music, breakthroughs in science, Cold War fears, and trippy, countercultural radio.

Directed by David LeMaster, written by Patience Wieland and based on the original novel by H.G. Wells, this play features a large cast, classic ’60s rock, and many live sound effects recalling classic radio drama and “the theatre of the mind”.

The show pays homage to Orson Welles, the 1953 cult classic movie “War of the Worlds,” underground radio legends like Alison Steele, “The Nightbird”, and the United Radio Broadcasters of New Orleans, who kept broadcasting to Louisiana and Texas’ Golden Triangle in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Rita.

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