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War of the Worlds

by Howard E. Koch

adapted from the novel by H. G. Wells

directed by Charlie Oates

November 18 - 21, 2015

The Arthur Wagner Theatre

About the Play

"The War of the Worlds" is an episode of the American radio drama anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on October 30, 1938, and aired over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. Directed and narrated by actor and future filmmaker Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds (1898). It became famous for allegedly causing mass panic. (wikipedia.com)

About the Playwright
Howard E. Koch was an American playwright and screenwriter who was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses in the 1950s. Born in New York City, New York, Koch grew up in Kingston, New York and was a graduate of St. Stephen's College (later renamed Bard College) and Columbia Law School. While practicing law in Hartsdale, New York, he began to write plays. Great Scott (1929), Give Us This Day (1933), and In Time to Come (1941) were produced on Broadway. His radio work in the 1930s as a writer for the CBS Mercury Theater of the Air included the Orson Welles radio drama The War of the Worlds (1938). (wikipedia.com)
About the Director

CHARLIE OATES (MFA, University of Montana) has performed on the streets in the U.S. and Europe, collaborated on new performance events with dancers and musicians, developed site specific performances for museums and unusual architectural spaces, created many performances for young audiences and performed his original solo works at theatres and festivals around the world. As a movement coach and fight choreographer Oates has worked at many theatres including the La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, San Diego Rep and the Denver Center Theatre Company. He has been a guest artist and teacher in many leading actor training programs in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Senegal, Sweden and China. Most recently, he has developed and directed several new projects including Save You, Hate Me in Berlin, directed Around the World in 80 Days at the Creede Repertory Theatre in Colorado, Fool for Love for Chalk Rep in Los Angeles and arranged the fights and movement for Herbert Siguenza's Steal Heaven at the San Diego Rep.

Director's Statement

Orson Welles' War of the Worlds as performed by an ensemble of actors who will re-create the Martian invaders, fleeing throngs, attacking armies, deserted cities and..... the future.

The Cast

Captain/Officer/Commander - Carlos Angel-Barajas
Phillips - Andrea van den Boogaard
Pierson - Emily Cary
Orson Welles - Scott Duncan
Smith/McDonald/Operator - Danielle Hall
Wilmuth - Tin Le
Stranger - Andrea Mejia
Announcer - Sophia Oberg
Secretary/Gunner - Heather O'Sullivan
The Creative Team

Director - Charlie Oates
Scenic Designer - Grisele Gonzalez
Costume Designer - Justine Hopkins
Lighting Designer - Mextly Almeda
Sound Designer - Crystal Chan
Assistant Director - Jenny Grober
Asst. Costume Designer - Yinghong (Elena) Xu
Production Stage Manager - Jessie Medofer
Assistant Stage Manager - Ashley Martin
Production Assistants - Monica Gutierrez, Agnes Nguyen
Performances Parking & Location

Located at: The Arthur Wagner Theatre

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays


Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and cannot pay parking tickets.





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Advance tickets for this production are available Monday-Friday, noon to 6 pm by calling the Box Office at 858.534.4574 or in person at the Theatre District’s Central Box Office at the Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre.

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office at Mandell Weiss Theatre.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association, and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10

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