Category: Theatre

Invasion From Mars

The Players’ Ring Theatre in Portsmouth, NH is a staging a live version of “Invasion From Mars”, based on the 1938 radio play that had everyone convinced that a real Martian invasion was under way.

Seventy five years ago, on the evening of October 30, 1938, the United States was gripped in panic because of a play. The Columbia Broadcasting System, and The Mercury Theatre Players, presented a radio adaptation of a novel by Herbert George Wells. Within minutes of the beginning of that broadcast, as much as twenty-five percent of the population of this country believed that Earth was being invaded by Mars. Pockets of pandemonium broke out across America.

Utilizing first-hand accounts, using the original script by Howard W. Koch, and employing the same Foley techniques from the production we will reproduce that broadcast exactly as it happened, minute by minute – occasionally pausing to tell the stories of those people outside the walls of that studio who were so affected by the broadcast.

Oct 11 – Oct 27: Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. Sundays Oct 13 and Sept 20 at 7pm. Sunday Oct 27 at 2pm.

Learn more at http://playersring.org/event/invasion-from-mars/.

Nerdist Live

Chris Hardwick and Matt Mira of the Nerdist podcast will appear at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston, MA on Friday, September 27th at 7:30pm. Get more information at http://www.nerdist.com/calendar/.

The Aurora Project

The Science Fiction Theatre Company of Boston, MA will be performing “The Aurora Project” on stage from September 20th to October 5th.

Constantine–an “intelligent design”, indistinguishable from human beings, and Nora, a genetically enhanced female explorer, have embarked on mankind’s final voyage across the uncharted universe. During this voyage, Nora decides to go against Constantine’s wishes and visits a strange new planet. She is quickly infected with an incurable illness on this strange world. In order to delay losing his only friend to grisly death–a concept he refuses to acknowledge–Constantine decides to subject them both to the phenomenon of cryo–freeze. Thus, the pair begins a chemical induced time warp, spanning millions of years as they wait for the universe to get smarter, and a cure to Nora’s illness to be found.

Friday September 20th 8pm
Saturday September 21st 8pm
Sunday September 22nd 5pm

Thursday September 26th 8pm
Friday September 27th 8pm
Saturday September 28th 8pm

Thursday October 3rd 8pm
Friday October 4th 8pm
Saturday October 5th 8pm

To learn more visit http://sciencefictiontheatrecompany.com/.

“Solace” by Science Fiction Theatre Company

The Science Fiction Theatre Company presents its new play “Solace” at the Factory Theater in Boston, MA from May 10th to May 25th.

If you could bring them back, would you? The answer is obvious for Julia, whose husband is lost in space during a recent mission. Everyone from her boss to her own mother tells Julia that she needs to accept her loss and move on. But Julia knows in her heart that her husband is still out there, and that she is the only one who can find him.

Armed with her brilliant mind and sarcastic GPS, Julia sets out to accomplish the impossible!

Featuring: Erin Eva Butcher, Gabriel Graetz, Kathy-Ann Hart, Jo d’Angelo, Kate Mock Elliot and Joe Kidawski.

For showtimes and tickets see http://www.sciencefictiontheatrecompany.com/.

Post-Meridian Radio Players Spring Sci-Fi Spectacular 2013

The Post-Meridian Radio Players are presenting their live “Spring Sci-Fi Spectacular” show at the Responsible Grace Church of Somerville of Somerville in Somerville, MA. Two stories will be performed:

RED SHIFT: INTERPLANETARY DO-GOODER
Writer/director Rob Noyes’ vision of the World of Tomorrow. Not the bleak, post-nuclear wasteland or industrial urban dystopia of 1980s science-fiction, but the clean, modernist utopia imagined by the 1939 World’s Fair: a future which, through industry and hard work, promised to be streamlined, prosperous and bright; and beyond it lay the Cosmos, just waiting for exploration and colonization. Red Shift and Lumpy lived in just this kind of Universe, and Dr. Alberts and Penny Parker were keen to travel there. It turned out, however, to be just slightly off-center from what they were expecting.

THEM!
Nine years after the first atomic bomb was detonated near Alamogordo, New Mexico, a mute little girl found wandering the desert heralds a series of mysterious disappearances. Local authorities are stumped until an eccentric scientist from Washington arrives with his daughter to aid in the investigation. But what they uncover is so fantastic and so horrendous that news of their discovery could cause a nationwide panic!

Schedule of performances:

Friday, April 5th, 2013 @ 8pm
Saturday, April 6th, 2013 @ 2pm (matinee)
Saturday, April 6th, 2013 @ 8pm
Thursday, April 11th, 2013 @ 8pm
Friday, April 12th, 2013 @ 8pm
Saturday, April 13th, 2013 @ 8pm
Sunday, April 21st, 2013 @ 2pm (a special performance at the MIT Museum as part of the Cambridge Science Festival)

Learn more at http://www.huboftheuniverseproductions.com/events_sss13.html.

Science Fiction Theater: The Man In the Couch

The Science Fiction Theater Company of Boston, MA is launching its second season of live science fiction theater, starting with the drama The Man In the Couch:

Shut-in Gigi hasn’t had face to face contact with another human being in years. When a teleportation disaster leaves a soldier fused with her couch, Gigi is forced to diverge from her routine significantly. Time is quickly running out for the soldier, but Gigi needs to figure out if he’s a friend, an enemy or something else entirely.

The show opens November 2nd and runs until November 18th; visit http://sciencefictiontheatrecompany.bpt.me/ to see the detailed schedule.

Here’s more information about the people behind this performance:

Science Fiction Theatre Company was founded in 2011 with the mission of bringing the genre of science fiction to the stage in the form of established, original and adapted works. Works that explore the farthest reaches of space, and the deepest depths of the human mind – alternating between our possible past, our multiple futures and the elusive present. We seek to build a community of like-minded individuals who see fiction in terms of the possibilities it can create. We strive to ask the question ‘What should be considered the reality?’

Learn more at http://www.sciencefictiontheatrecompany.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/ScienceFictionTheatreCompany.

Tomes of Terror: New Arrivals

The Post-Meridian Radio Players will present their live stage Halloween show for 2012, “Tomes of Terror: New Arrivals,” at Unity Somerville in Somerville, MA. The stories will include:

The Shivers on Highway 61: A biker gang unwittingly unleashes a ghost of one of their former comrades in this homage to Marlon Brando’s “The Wild One”.

The Crasher: A writer with a history of substance abuse tries to get things back on track by moving to a small, quiet town. Unfortunately, the new house stands beside a graveyard–an unquiet graveyard–surrounded by a fence with a history of its own.

The Red Line: Charlie Evans has worked for the MBTA his whole life. Now the system faces cutbacks and privatization and there’s nothing he can do about it. That’s when he gets a very unusual offer that might save the T, if Charlie can afford the fare.”

Performance schedule:
Friday, October 19th, 2012 @ 8:00pm
Saturday, October 20th, 2012 @ 8:00pm
Thursday, October 25th, 2012 @ 8:00pm
Friday, October 26th, 2012 @ 8:00pm
Saturday, October 27th, 2012 @ 2:00pm (matinee)
Saturday, October 27th, 2012 @ 8:00pm

Visit http://www.huboftheuniverseproductions.com/events_tomesna.html for details.

2010: Our Hideous Future: The Musical!

The theater troupe Unreliable Narrator is on tour with the cyberpunk musical comedy “2010: Our Hideous Future: The Musical!”

Itʼs the way far distant future, AD 2010, and itʼs a bad time to be human. Lonely human freedom fighter Kate Brick plans a last stand against the oppressive Artas, artificial life forms who control humankind through torture, brainwashing, and Foursquare. But judging by the apathy of her lover Dehnise Compuserve and of her fellow humans, it may be too late.

2010 is a synthpop-infused, queer-friendly musical comedy homage to the great dystopian classics of the 1980s and ’90s. Playwright Carl Danielson brilliantly riffs on classics like Blade Runner, Max Headroom, The Matrix, and Snow Crash. Meanwhile, local songwriter/audio producer Andy Hicks (of The Pluto Tapes) provides delightfully twisted tunes like “Near Futuristic Dystopia!” and “Bangor Boogie.”

There are two shows coming up in New England:
July 11 at 8:00pm at 95 Empire in Providence, RI
July 21 at 8:00pm at Griffen Theatre in Salem, MA

See http://ourhideousfuture.tumblr.com/post/24824496666/2010-tour-itinerary for details.

Post-Meridian Radio Players Spring Sci-Fi Spectacular

The Post-Meridian Radio Players are presenting their live “Spring Sci-Fi Spectacular” show May 11th and 12th at the Urban Promise Church of Somerville in Somerville, MA. Two stories will be performed:

RED SHIFT: INTERPLANETARY DO-GOODER
Writer/director Rob Noyes’ vision of the World of Tomorrow. Not the bleak, post-nuclear wasteland or industrial urban dystopia of 1980s science-fiction, but the clean, modernist utopia imagined by the 1939 World’s Fair: a future which, through industry and hard work, promised to be streamlined, prosperous and bright; and beyond it lay the Cosmos, just waiting for exploration and colonization. Red Shift and Lumpy lived in just this kind of Universe, and Dr. Alberts and Penny Parker were keen to travel there. It turned out, however, to be just slightly off-center from what they were expecting.

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
From the long-running Lux Radio Theater comes this adaptation of the classic 1951 science-fiction film. Originally airing on January 4th, 1954, this production featured Michael Rennie reprising his performance of Klaatu. Lux Radio Theater was famous for producing radio adaptations of major motion pictures, often with the original lead actors.

This adaptation of Edmund H. North’s original film script was written by Milton Geiger. The film script itself was based on the Harry Bates short story “Farewell to the Master”.

The performance dates are:
Friday, May 11th, at 8:00pm
Saturday, May 12th, at 2:00pm
Saturday, May 12th, at 8:00pm

Go to http://www.huboftheuniverseproductions.com/events_sss12.html to buy tickets.

MythBusters Live Tour

Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman are bringing their “MythBusters: Behind the Myths” live tour to Hartford, CT on March 31st at 8:00pm.

The all-new, live stage show “MythBusters Behind the Myths,” starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series MythBusters,” promises to be an unexpected evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories. For the first time ever, fans will join Jamie and Adam on stage and assist in their mind-twisting and not always orthodox approach to science.

“MythBusters Behind the Myths” brings you face to face with the curious world of Jamie and Adam as the duo matches wits on stage with each other and members of the audience.

Learn more at http://www.mythbusterstour.com/hartford-tickets/.

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