Series regulars from all 5 of the“STAR TREK” television series will reunite for a one-night only performance of Orson Welles’ iconic 1938 radio drama, WAR OF THE WORLDS at 8 PM on January 17, 2015. The performance (a fundraiser for Sci-Fest LA: The Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival) will take place at ACME Theater, 135 N. La Brea Avenue in Hollywood.
Wil Wheaton (“Star Trek: TNG” & “Big Bang Theory”) will headline as “Orson Welles” alongside fellow “STAR TREK” alumni Walter Koenig (“Lt. Chekhov” on the original “Star Trek” series), Michael Dorn (“Star Trek: TNG”), René Auberjonois and Armin Shimerman (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”), Tim Russ (“Star Trek: Voyager”) and Linda Park (“Star Trek: Enterprise”). Also appearing: Dean Haglund (“The X-Files”) and a special prerecorded cameo appearance by comic book legend, Stan Lee. The performance will be produced by Sci-Fest LA and directed by Jim Fall.
The idea for the fundraiser came from Sci-Fest LA co-producer, actor David Dean Bottrell (“Boston Legal”). “Even after 76 years, the original script for ‘War of the Worlds’ is still chilling and beautifully written. We are tremendously honored to have such an extraordinary company of actors performing it live on stage. And as a lifelong ‘Star Trek’ fan, I’m speechless. This is going to be an amazing night for Sci-Fi fans!”
Following the performance, audience members can attend a post-show party and bid on seven exclusive “WAR OF THE WORLDS” posters designed specifically for this event by some of LA’s hottest comic book and Sci-Fi artists.
Tickets for the event are currently available for donors contributing to the festival at the “Shooting Star” level or higher and includes an after-party with the cast. For more information on the event and instructions on how to obtain tickets, visit www.Sci-Fest.com
About War of the Worlds
“War of the Worlds” was originally performed on October 30, 1938, and aired over the CBS radio network. Conceived, directed and narrated by Orson Welles, the story was adapted by Howard Koch based on the novel by H.G. Wells. The program (innovatively staged as an urgent news broadcast) became famous for causing mass panic, although the extent of this panic is debated.
About Sci-Fest LA
Co-founded by veteran Los Angeles theatre producers, Michael Blaha and Lee Costello, and actor, David Dean Bottrell (“Boston Legal”), SCI-FEST LA: The Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival debuted in May of 2014 to sold-out houses and critical acclaim. The organization’s mission is to produce an annual festival of new, beautifully realized, visually compelling sci-fi one-acts featuring many well-known actors from beloved sci-fi and fantasy franchises.
In addition to the festival, Sci-Fest LA also promotes quality short science fiction through its two writing competitions, the Roswell Award and the Tomorrow Prize for Short Fiction, which is open exclusively to area high school students.