L.A. Theatre Works to Perform ‘War of the Worlds,’ ‘The Lost World’ at Center for the Arts

Posted: October 19, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: October 16, 2009 at 4:26 pm

America’s premier radio theater company, L.A. Theatre Works, will present a double bill of chills, thrills and great literature with two masterpieces of science fiction and adventure.

“War of the Worlds,” a dramatic thriller, and “The Lost World,” an enjoyable comedy, will be performed at Mason’s Center for the Arts on Friday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m. Both productions are directed by stage, television and film actor John de Lancie.

A discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance on the center’s Grand Tier III.

Recreating the breathless pace and convincing details of Orson Welles’ infamous broadcast “War of the Worlds,” L.A. Theatre Works shows why the classic novel on which the broadcast is based is truly the mother of all space invasions.

Welles’ live broadcast in 1938 of an “eyewitness report” of an invasion from Mars caused a nationwide panic and still resonates today.

The company also brings to life Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s comedy, “The Lost World,” the tale of a harrowing expedition into the Amazon. Determined to prove the existence of prehistoric animals, Professor Challenger and his cohort discover a primeval plateau in the Amazon where dinosaurs and ape-men coexist, and the human race hangs in the balance. This performance features actors from the Sci-Fi Channel, “Star Trek” and “X-Files.”

For more than two decades, L.A. Theatre Works has presented radio dramas onstage with first-rate casts, live sound effects and a connection to the audience rarely felt in a traditional theater setting.

Under the leadership of Susan Albert Loewenberg, the company has been broadcast on NPR, XM Satellite Radio, the BBC, the CBC and Voice of America, bringing the finest recorded dramatic literature into the homes of millions. The company records the majority of its productions in Los Angeles before an enthusiastic and loyal audience of season subscribers.

Works by Eugene O’Neill, David Henry Hwang, Athol Fugard, Wendy Wasserstein, Neil Simon, David Mamet, Charlayne Woodard, Arthur Miller and others have been performed and recorded by L.A. Theatre Works with casts of critically acclaimed film and stage actors. On the road, L.A. Theatre Works has delighted audiences with its unique live radio theater style performances in small towns and cities across America.

The company performed “The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial,” starring Edward Asner, at Mason last February.

Tickets are $36, $28 and $18. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

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