The original director and producer of “War of the Worlds: 1968” are bringing the Houston stage production to the studio in the autumn of 2018. David LeMaster (original director) and Sibby Wieland (writer, producer) return to the helm as co-directors.
The War of the Worlds: 1968 is an adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic novel, 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.
The show pays homage to the 1953 cult classic movie “War of the Worlds,” early FM 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.
In 2013, “War of the Worlds: Houston, 1968” premiered as an all-new audio theatre adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds”. Produced live at the San Jacinto Proscenium Theatre on October 30th, this full cast and crew performance happened on the very first World Audio Drama Day, and coincided with the 75th anniversary of The Mercury Theatre’s “War of the Worlds” broadcast, and the 45th anniversary of WKBW Buffalo’s 1968 “War of the Worlds” broadcast – both of which surprised and scared many of their listeners.
Below: view and listen to the original intermission multimedia, featuring rare audio cuts from Mort Garson and an homage to the oil light shows of the late 1960s: