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Radio Theatre Classics Featured at Penn State York Oct. 25

10/22/2009 —

War of the WorldsJoin L.A. Theatre Works, America’s premiere radio theatre company, for a special back-to-back double bill of chills, thrills, and great literature as they present two masterpieces of science fiction and adventure: War of the Worlds and The Lost World on Sunday, Oct. 25. The performances are set for at 7 p.m. in Penn State York’s Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center) and tickets are still available.

Recreating the breathless pace and convincing details of Orson Welles infamous radio broadcast, L.A. Theatre Works makes it clear why H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds is truly the mother of all space invasions. Originally performed by Wells Mercury Theatre of the Air, the 1938 live 60-minute broadcast of an eyewitness report of an invasion from Mars caused a nationwide panic. The broadcast used an updated adaptation of the original 1898 book authored by one of Wells' writers, Howard Koch, who changed the time and location from Victorian England to a small town on the East Coast of the United States in 1938 making the story more personal for listeners. This fascinating piece still resonates today as concerns swirl around our environment and protecting our borders.

Scorned by his colleagues after making the extraordinary claim that prehistoric animals exist and that he has seen them, Professor Challenger leads a harrowing four-person expedition through the remote jungles of South America to settle once and for all the validity of his claim. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's campy adventure The Lost World follows this scientific expedition deep into the Amazon jungle and back in time. Cut off from the outside world on a primeval plateau, the fearless explorers discover a place where dinosaurs have evolved beside ape-men and the fate of the human race hangs in the balance. From riding the rapids to dodging whizzing arrows, The Lost World takes you on a ride you won't soon forget!

Tickets are $28 and $18 and can be purchased by calling (717) 505-8900 or visiting The Pullo Center Web site at http://www.pullocenter.yk.psu.edu.

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