What is the History of CTC?
From 2014 - 2019 we were known as Mercury Theatre Company. Mercury Theatre Company received its name from Orson Welles’ repertory theatre company of the same name. After producing a series of acclaimed Broadway productions, the Mercury Theatre progressed into a radio series by the name of The Mercury Theatre on the Air.
The radio show included one of the most infamous radio broadcast of all time, “The War of the Worlds,” which broadcasted in 1938 as a Halloween special, is known internationally to have caused mass panic in America. “The War of the Worlds” began with an announcement that the evening’s show was an adaptation of H. G. Wells’ novel of the same title. The show was made to be a seemingly typical radio programming being repeatedly interrupted by news bulletins, which consisted of odd explosions on Mars, an unknown object falling from the sky, aliens emerging from the object, before escalating to a global alien invasion.
The illusion of realism of “The War of the Worlds” was furthered because
the show didn’t have any commercial interruptions and its first break came
after thirty minutes. This caused a frenzy because many of the radio
audience tuned in to the broadcast after the introduction where Welles
clearly stated that the show was a drama. The episode was by far the most
famous broadcast of The Mercury Theatre on the Air, and it secured Welles’
fame as a dramatist. Now, as Mercury Theatre Company, we hope to capture his
energy and love for theatre in our productions.