This H.G. Wells drama will be performed as a radio play, the original format performed by Mercury Theatre on the Air. When sent out over the airwaves in 1938, the recording was so vivid it brought panic to the listeners, thinking there was an actual martian invasion.

This event is free, with a donation option. To donate purchase a "virtual ticket" below.


To listen on the radio, tune in to QX-FM 100.3 in Longview or 97.9 in Tyler on October 31st at 8:00 p.m.


Micah Goodding

Micah Goodding earned his Master of Fine Arts degree at
East 15 Acting School in the UK where he completed a residency with Shakespeare’s Globe and certification with the British Academy of Dramatic Combat. While living in Austin, he played Aarron in the regional premiere of Laramie Project: 10 Years Later. He has featured in several independent short films which have been official selections at national film festivals and recently appeared in web promotions for Identity Card. Some of Micah’s recent TSF roles include Richard in Richard III, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Tartuffe in Tartuffe. Micah is also a puppeteer. His puppets have appeared in London, Chicago and Austin. He currently serves as Theatre Director and Instructor at Kilgore College where he and his students have recently staged productions of The 39 Steps and The Glass Menagerie. He holds certifications with the Society of American Fight Directors, Texas Theatre Adjudicators Association, and the Voice and Speech Teachers Association. Micah is “bursting with gratitude” to be returning to TSF for an eighth season.


Officer/Operator 1

Rick Higginbotham

Rick is blessed to take part in this rendition of what is frequently regarded as the most famous radio broadcast of all time. What fun! In the summer of 2019, Rick completed his 8th season with the Texas Shakespeare Festival and appeared in As You Like It, Othello, and Born Yesterday. Other favorites from seasons past are Love’s Labour’s Lost, 110 in the Shade, Twelfth Night, Noises Off, Man of La Mancha, Cymbeline, My Fair Lady, Taming of the Shrew, Tartuffe, The Miser, The Beaux Stratagem, and Antony and Cleopatra. Rick also played Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol: Radio Play, which TSF presented for three consecutive seasons beginning in 2013. Last Christmas, Rick was also honored to play the role of Kris Kringle in the Festival's radio version of Miracle on 34th Street. He would like to send out a debt of gratitude to the wonderful staff at TSF for the opportunities they have given him over the years. Most of all, thanks to God, my sweet wife and family, and my buddy Petey for their love and support.

Announcer/Professor Pierson/Captain Lansing/Observer/Operator 3

Matthew Simpson

Matthew is the Associate Artistic Director with TSF where his directing credits include: Love’s Labour’s Lost, It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, A Christmas Carol Radio Play, and assistant director to the late great Stephen Terrell on 2016’s Carousel. For the TSF Roadshow he has directed productions of Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and three adaptations of Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits. Other directing credits include: Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Next Stage Ensemble, The Black Box Theater in Minnesota, Theatre Longview, ArtsView Children’s Theatre, and Kilgore College where he serves as adjunct Theatre Faculty. As an actor, Matthew has been in 14 TSF productions and worked regionally with the Guthrie Theater, Denver Center Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Chamber Theater Productions of Boston, the Resident Ensemble Players, and the Richmond Shepard Theater in NYC. Matthew holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the University of Delaware.

Orson Welles/Carl Phillips/

Commander/Operator 4

Meaghan Simpson

A Chicago native, Meaghan received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting from the University of Illinois and Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from the University of Delaware’s PTTP. Meaghan is proud to serve as the newly appointed Artistic Director of the Texas Shakespeare Festival. Regionally, Meaghan has worked with the Delaware REP, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Since 2009, Meaghan has performed in twenty TSF productions, including The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Noises Off, The Book of Luke, The Taming of the Shrew, Ernest in Love, As You Like It, Tartuffe, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing and most recently Into the Woods. This is her thirteenth season. 

Announcer 3/Policewoman/

Smith/Secretary/Gunner/Operator 2/

Operator 5/Stranger


TSF Performance Venue

1200 Henderson Boulevard

Kilgore, TX 75662

(903) 983-8601

TSF Offices and Shops

815 Houston Street

Kilgore, TX 75662

(903) 983-8119

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