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Ground Floor Theater

Sarah Joy Byington in War of the Worlds

Both comic and gripping, A War of the Worlds reimagines Orson Welles and his radio troupe, The Mercury Theatre, as a group of Black artists fighting to hold their place at the CBS radio studio. In the hope of securing a critical corporate sponsorship, Welles orchestrates a last-ditch ratings stunt t

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Sarah Joy Byington in War of the Worlds
Sarah Joy Byington in War of the Worlds

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Jun 02, 2022, 7:30 PM CDT – Jun 03, 2022, 7:30 PM CDT

Ground Floor Theater, 979 Springdale Rd #122, Austin, TX 78702, USA

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Join The Acting Group's Sarah Joy Byington as she returns to the stage in Penfold Theater's World Premiere of War of the World.

Both comic and gripping, A War of the Worlds reimagines Orson Welles and his radio troupe, The Mercury Theatre, as a group of Black artists fighting to hold their place at the CBS radio studio. In the hope of securing a critical corporate sponsorship, Welles orchestrates a last-ditch ratings stunt that causes national panic and secures their undeniable – if infamous – place in media history.

In this world premiere production, Austin-born playwright Jarrett King combines careful historical research and savvy creative license to connect Welles’ Depression Era world with our own – touching on a wide range of topics, including race relations, fake news, the ethics of new media technologies, and “invasion” to name a few – while simultaneously enthralling us with the sci-fi thriller that became an instant cultural icon.

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