A War of the Worlds

By Jarrett King
From works by H.G. Wells & Orson Welles
Directed by Marcus McQuirter

June 2-18, 2022
At Ground Floor Theatre

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In turns comic and gripping, A War of the Worlds re-imagines 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 them an 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.

Price: $16-$31
Run time: 2 hours
For ages: High school+

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Special Events

Saturday, June 4: First Saturday Soiree

Stay after the show to celebrate opening weekend with the cast and creative team! Food and drinks provided. Be sure to reserve your place when you purchase your ticket.


Ground Floor Theatre

979 Springdale Rd #122
Austin, TX 78702
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Parking: Free parking in surface parking lot.

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