Radio theatre classics featured at Penn State York on Oct. 25

Join 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," at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, in Penn State York’s Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center). 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 Welles 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 Welles 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.

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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Last Updated November 18, 2010