October 16, 2019
November welcomes a new series of literary, musical and theatrical events to Susquehanna.
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Raconteur Radio to Perform ‘War of the Worlds’
Raconteur Radio will present “War of the Worlds,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Degenstein Center Theater.
This year marks the 81st anniversary of Orson Welles’ famous radio adaption of the H. G. Wells’ novel “War of the Worlds,” broadcast on Oct. 30, 1938. The radio dramatization of an alien invasion terrorized a major segment of the United States’ population.
This historic event will be professionally recreated by Raconteur Radio, which stages theatrical presentations of vintage radio plays, classic works of literature and pop culture parodies for live audiences.
The production is performed in period costumes with theatrical lighting, vintage commercials, Golden Age radio equipment and extensive sound effects.
Early pre-show arrivals can watch a video presentation that provides historical background of “War of the Worlds.” A question-and-answer session will follow the performance, during which the audience is invited to participate and meet the actors.
Writers Institute Hosts New Orleans Author
As part of the Seavey Visiting Writers Series, author Maurice Carlos Ruffin will present a reading of his work at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in Stretansky Concert Hall in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art.
Ruffin is a founding member of the Peauxdunque Writers Alliance. He was first runner-up for the Short Story Prize in the 2010 William Faulkner — William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition for “The Pie Man,” and was a finalist for two other short stories, “Abracadabra” (2010) and “Fit” (2009).
An attorney with the New Orleans firm Adam & Reese, Ruffin received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of New Orleans.
Student, Faculty Musicians Present Concerts
Susquehanna students and faculty from the Department of Music will present a variety of concerts and recitals, all in Stretansky Concert Hall in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art.
The University Choir and Chamber Singers, conducted by Amy Voorhees, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8.
Gail Levinsky, associate professor of music, will present a saxophone recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.
The University Chorale, conducted by Judith White, will perform a concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10.
The University Jazz Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in collaboration with trumpeter Rex Richardson, Susquehanna’s Martha Barker Blessing musician-in-residence.
November ends with a performance of the University Orchestra, under the direction of Jordan Randall Smith, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23.
Get Spooky with ‘Dracula’
The Department of Theatre continues its Main Stage Season with Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” a brilliant retelling by acclaimed Scottish playwright Liz Lochhead.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14-Saturday, Nov. 16, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17.
Tickets are free to SU students, $10 for adults, and $8 for non-SU students and senior citizens. For tickets and information, call the box office at 570-372-ARTS (2787).