The “Radio Heads” program, an homage to the history of the medium, will take place at Middlesex County College (MCC), 2600 Woodbridge Ave., Edison, during the month of February. The program features a series of radio performance, all of which will take place in the Studio Theater and are free and open to the public.
On Feb. 14 from 5-7 p.m., an original play will be performed based on Orson Welles’ notorious radio thriller, “War of the Worlds.” Directed by professor Jess K. Smith of Middlesex County College, the play incorporates live original music by William Sieke, a 2011 graduate of MCC and a composer and member of the band Hope, Star and Browning. The play will be followed by a broadcast of apocalyptic love letters, written and recorded by members of the campus community.
On Feb. 21 from 5-7 p.m., a live performance of “The Riverboat Runs Aground: Based on a True Story” will take place. Directed by Smith, this piece of homegrown storytelling is by Seattle-based writer and performer Wesley K. Andrews. Rooted in his adolescent years growing up in Fairbanks, Ala., the stories revolve around a transformative act of magic and reincarnation. The performance includes original music by Sieke and Brooklyn musician Renee Maskin, and will be followed by a discussion with the writer.
On Feb. 22 at 7 p.m., following a weeklong master class with Andrews, students will perform their original stories in concert, with excerpts of Andrews’ newest piece, “War War War,” paired with original music by Sieke.
(Source: Edison Metuchen Sentinel via SCOOPWEB)