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PR # 152 February 13, 2009


The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch will present L.A. Theatre Works? presentation of War of the Worlds/The Lost World , Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m. The science fiction double-bill is part of the Theatre?s Merck Series , made possible by a generous grant from The Merck Company Foundation. Tickets cost $25 and $30.

The presentations are being directed by John de Lancie ("Q" on Star Trek: The Next Generation ) and star veteran stage, film and television actors Diane Adair ( Babylon 5, the feature film UFOria ); Josh Clark ( Star Trek Voyager, Heroes, ER, L.A. Law ); Kyle Colerider-Krugh ( Primal Fear, Secretary, Numb3rs, Without A Trace, Third Rock From the Sun, Seinfeld ); Peter McDonald ( Becker, Wings, ER ); Kate Steele ( Matchstick Men, Frasier ); Tom Virtue ( Star Trek Voyager, Seventh Heaven ); and Kenneth Alan Williams ( ER, Will & Grace, Dharma & Greg, Caroline In The City, Chicago Hope, Jamie Foxx Show ).

War of the Worlds recreates the breathless pace and convincing details of Orson Welles? infamous 1938 radio broadcast by his Mercury Theatre of the Air. The live broadcast of an ?eyewitness report? of an invasion from Mars caused a nationwide panic as listeners, who thought they were listening to a real newscast, attempted to flee. The Mercury Theatre used an updated adaptation of H.G. Wells? 1898 novel by Howard Koch, who changed the time and location from Victorian England to a small town on the East Coast of the United States in 1938, making the story more personal for listeners.

The Lost World , adapted by John de Lancie and Nat Segaloff from a short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is a hilarious spoof. Professor Challenger leads a harrowing four-person expedition through remote South American jungles to settle the validity of his claim that prehistoric animals still exist. The campy pulp adventure classic follows this scientific expedition deep into the Amazon rain forest and back in time.

L.A. Theatre Works uses innovative technologies and top actors to produce and preserve significant works of dramatic literature on audio. LATW?s syndicated, weekly radio theater series can be heard on NPR stations nationwide.

Launched in 2005, L.A. Theatre Works? National Touring Program has expanded the company?s mission to provide access to significant works of theater by audiences nationwide. The repertoire ranges from originally commissioned topical docudramas such as The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial and Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers , to classic comedies such as Private Lives . For additional information, visit www.latw.org .

For the fifth year in a row, Courier News readers voted The Theatre at RVCC as the ?Best of the Best? in 2008 in the ?Playhouse/Theater? category.

This season The Theatre at RVCC is presenting the Major Artists Series ; the 17th annual Merck Series ; School-Time Performances , a series for teachers and students grades pre-K to 12; the Family Series , a series of events designed specially for families with older children; and the Sampler Series , a series of transformational events for children and their families. The current season also offers a new series, Tuesdays with Stories , which features great American literature performed by solo actors from The American Place Theatre.

Subscriptions are available. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at www.rvccArts.org . Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available for a variety of performances.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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