Defying the direct orders of Davidson Taylor and CBS, The Mercury Theatre on the Air puts on the greatest Halloween show to ever play on broadcast radio. 

 

Cast

Ari Stidham as Orson Welles

Keaton Talmadge as Ora Nichols

Jim Brannigan as John Houseman

Oscar Jordan as Davidson Taylor

Courtney Reece as Anne Froelick

Christopher Hodge as Howard Koch

Rama Vallury as Paul Stewart

Ben Birmingham as Announcer and Various Radio Performers

Stephanie Langford as Mother, Churchgoer#3, and Reporter #4

David Dean as Father, Officer #3

Aubrey Clyburn as Churchgoer #2

Michael Baran as Pastor and Sargent

Jarrad Green as Various Radio Performers, Officer #2, Reporter #1

Chris Boike as Officer #1

Allegra Rodriguez Shivers as Officer #4 and Reporter #3

Produced by:

Casey Hammons

Daniel Patton

Jordan Stidham

S. Christian Roe

 

Sound Editing by Jason Crowe

 

Original Compositions by JD O’Dea

 

Supplemental tracks and sound effects were provided by EpidemicSound.com

 

“There You’ll Be” by Howard Harper-Barnes

“Steps in Time” by Golden Age Radio

“Etude No 1 For or String Quartet” by Peter Sandberg

“Piano Concerto 1 in B Flat Minor” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

 

Featuring Snippets of the actual “War of the Worlds” Broadcast.

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Episode 5: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

October 29, 2020

The pot boils over as Orson attacks John Houseman in front of The Mercury Theatre on the Air, prompting Davidson Taylor to cancel the adaptation of War of the Worlds and substitute it with a rerun of their previous show.

 

Cast

Ari Stidham as Orson Welles

Keaton Talmadge as Ora Nichols

Jim Brannigan as John Houseman

Oscar Jordan as Davidson Taylor

Courtney Reece as Anne Froelick

Christopher Hodge as Howard Koch

Rama Vallury as Paul Stewart

Renee Schwartz as Operator

David Dean as Performer #1

 

Special Thanks to Alex Aguilar and Marion Arrou-Vignod

 

Produced by:

Casey Hammons

Daniel Patton

Jordan Stidham

S. Christian Roe

 

Sound Editing by Jason Crowe

 

Original Compositions by JD O’Dea

 

Supplemental tracks and sound effects were provided by EpidemicSound.com.

“There You’ll Be” by Howard Harper-Barnes

“Steps in Time” by Golden Age Radio

“I’d Rather Be Alone” by Franz Gordon

Episode 4: Look Who’s Still Standing

October 22, 2020

After another all-nighter and a humiliating pitch meeting, Ora confronts Orson in his apartment and demands honesty, integrity, and transparency from here on out; lest the entire show falls apart.

 

Cast

Ari Stidham as Orson Welles

Keaton Talmadge as Ora Nichols

Jim Brannigan as John Houseman

Oscar Jordan as Davidson Taylor

Courtney Reece as Anne Froelick

Christopher Hodge as Howard Koch

Rama Vallury as Paul Stewart

 

Produced by:

Casey Hammons

Daniel Patton

Jordan Stidham

S. Christian Roe

 

Sound Editing by Jason Crowe

 

Original Compositions by JD O’Dea

 

Supplemental tracks and sound effects were provided by EpidemicSound.com.

“There You’ll Be” by Howard Harper-Barnes

“Steps in Time” by Golden Age Radio

Episode 3: Tired of War

October 15, 2020

A sleepless night raises tension among the ranks as Davidson Taylor comes calling for a script that isn’t ready; while the impending news of war encroaches the already stressful work and demands of Orson Welles.

 

Cast

Ari Stidham as Orson Welles

Keaton Talmadge as Ora Nichols

Jim Brannigan as John Houseman

Oscar Jordan as Davidson Taylor

Courtney Reece as Anne Froelick

Christopher Hodge as Howard Koch

Rama Vallury as Paul Stewart

Joey Dechello as George Zorn

Chris Boike as the Newscaster

 

Produced by:

Casey Hammons

Daniel Patton

Jordan Stidham

S. Christian Roe

 

Sound Editing by Jason Crowe

 

Original Compositions by JD O’Dea

 

Supplemental tracks and sound effects were provided by EpidemicSound.com.

“There You’ll Be” by Howard Harper-Barnes

“Steps in Time” by Golden Age Radio

“Golden Age Radio” by Golden Age Radio

“As Time Passes” by Golden Age Radio

“As Soon as You Entered” by Golden Age Radio

Episode 2: Lunches and Dinners

October 8, 2020

War of the Worlds proves to be a tough nut to crack as John Houseman attempts to juggle the anxiety of the Mercury Theatre on the Air’s key performers and the ego of their leader, Orson Welles, as each grapple with the unadaptable story.  

 

Cast

Ari Stidham as Orson Welles

Keaton Talmadge as Ora Nichols

Jim Brannigan as John Houseman

Oscar Jordan as Davidson Taylor

Courtney Reece as Anne Froelick

Christopher Hodge as Howard Koch

Rama Vallury as Paul Stewart

Joey Dechello as George Zorn

Renee Schwartz as Joan

Aubrey Clyburn as Hostess, Shakespeare Performer, and Actor

Stephen Bridgewater as The MC

 

Produced by:

Casey Hammons

Daniel Patton

Jordan Stidham

S. Christian Roe

 

Sound Editing by Jason Crowe

 

Original Compositions by JD O’Dea

 

Supplemental tracks and sound effects were provided by EpidemicSound.com.

“There You’ll Be” by Howard Harper-Barnes

“Steps in Time” by Golden Age Radio

“Magic Awaits” by Howard Harper-Barnes

“The Last Bar In Chicago” by Nicky Dowling

“What Now” by Golden Age Radio

“Brand New Sensations” by Wanda shakes

“Bebop Cats” by Rossier

Episode 1: Something For Children

October 1, 2020

After a hectic Sunday performance, Orson Welles and The Mercury Theatre on the Air turn to the stars for guidance when it comes to creating an exciting radio play for the Columbia Broadcasting System's upcoming Halloween show.

 

 

Cast

Ari Stidham as Orson Welles

Keaton Talmadge as Ora Nichols

Jim Brannigan as John Houseman

Oscar Jordan as Davidson Taylor

Courtney Reece as Anne Froelick

Christopher Hodge as Howard Koch

Rama Vallury as Paul Stewart

Jarrad Green as Tommy

Adam Cagly as the Taxi Driver

 

 

 

Produced by:

Casey Hammons

Daniel Patton

Jordan Stidham

S. Christian Roe

 

 

 

Sound Editing by Jason Crowe

 

 

Original Compositions by JD O’Dea

 

 

Supplemental tracks and sound effects were provided by EpidemicSound.com.

“There You’ll Be” by Howard Harper-Barnes

“Etude No. 1 For String Quartet” by Peter Sandberg

“Steps in Time” by Golden Age Radio

A Message from Orson Welles

September 30, 2020

We interrupt this broadcast to bring you a special announcement from Orson Welles, subject of The Martian Broadcast, an exciting audio drama from Soul Drifter Studios and Praelia Productions.