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

Both comic and gripping, A War of the Worlds reimagines 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 their 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.

A War of the Worlds is the first world premiere in a new, five-year series of new play commissions devoted to the theme of “reimagined classics”!


Price: $16-$31
Run time: 1 hr, 45 min
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 us! Food and drinks provided. Be sure to reserve your place when you purchase your ticket.

Sunday, June 12 at 5pm: ASL Interpretation

Come experience this world premiere and enjoy top-notch interpretation by Ploeger ASL Interpreting.


Ground Floor Theatre

979 Springdale Rd #122
Austin, TX 78702

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Parking: Free parking in surface parking lot.


Marc Pouhé as Welles
John Christopher as Canada
Kenah Benefield as Wardell
Yunina Barbour Payne as Edna
Dane Parker as Ollie
Judd Farris as John
Zac Carr as Wrigley
Sarah Byington as Lois

Production Team

Written by Jarrett King
Directed by Marcus McQuirter
Costume Design by Desiree Humphries
Sound Design by Buzz Moran
Set Design and Technical Direction by Tomas Salas
Properties Design by Joe Kelley
Lighting Design by Amy Lewis
Stage Management by Maddy Lamb
Production Management by Carl Gonzales
Poster graphic design by Corinna Browning of Ghost Next Door Designs.

Season Sponsors

Atmos Energy
Cultural Arts - City of Austin Economic Development
Round Rock - Arts & Culture
Edward Jones - Larry Najvar
Old Settlers Association
P&B Print and Design Studio
Texas Commission of the Arts
Tri-M Foundation