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Theater of the First Amendment: Live Wire

  • April 15, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

Live Wire

Take a trip back to the Golden Age of Radio as Live Wire recreates the distinctive look, sound, and feel of a classic radio studio of the 1930s. Mason’s award-winning Theater of the First Amendment presents a selection of actual shows taken right from the extensive archives of the Federal Theatre Project. Spanning a range of styles from Living Newspaper to mystery to musicale, these shows were created as part of the New Deal’s WPA program to keep the radio industry alive during the depression. Theater of the First Amendment’s original staging of Live Wire in 1992 was critically acclaimed by The Washington Post and was broadcast by National Public Radio.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Howard Vincent Kurtz, Costume Designer, Live Wire, Professor, Theater at Mason (Apr 15, 2011) Pre-Performance Discussion

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$35, $27, $19