Mars needs women! And men! There's plenty of seats, folks, and we promise no one will be turned away! So bring your friends, and let's see if we can't give ol' Pookles a proper party!
The Merry Month of May: Orson Welles turns 100 and Martian Machines March on Metuchen!
Join Raconteur Radio and the Borough Improvement League as we celebrate the centenary of the genius behind The War of the Worlds and Citizen Kane with comp cocktails, a couple pints of pistachio, and an amped-up staging of the most famous radio play of all time!
9 PM (house opens at 8:30 PM), Friday. May 15 @ The Old Franklin Schoolhouse (491 Middlesex Ave, Metuchen).
Tickets are $25.00 at the door (cash or CC, though we prefer cash). Cabaret seating.
Featuring Michael Jarmus as Professor Pierson, Carlyle Owens as Carl Phillips, and Laurence Mintz as the Voice of Raconteur Radio (and assorted other characters)
An undeniable pioneer in both radio and film, actor-director Orson Welles started off as a performer on stage, most notably with John Houseman, with whom he formed the Mercury Theatre. He became famous - notorious, even - following his 1938 broadcast of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds," which he presented as a real time news event, sparking panic among listeners who thought Martians were really invading New Jersey.
WITH: Period costumes! Theatrical lighting! Special FX! Vintage commercials! Golden Age radio equipment! Hundreds of sound effects! And an extensive display of War of the Worlds memorabilia!
AND: Comp Negronis (of which Welles famously said "The bitters are excellent for your liver, the gin is bad for it; they balance each other out.").
PLUS: Scotch & pistachio ice cream (Welles' favorite snack, consumed regularly on the set of Citizen Kane, was a pint of Scotch and a pint of pistachio.)
ALSO: wine, beer, and coffee.
SPECIAL GUEST: Cinema Retro's Lee Pffeifer, author of numerous books about cinema (incl. the Complete Idiot's Guide to Classic Movies), Editor-in-Chief of Cinema Retro, a magazine dedicated to the films of the sixties and seventies, and producer of numerous film-related documentaries, holds forth about the Boy Wonder LIVE! during the broadcast!