Sigourney Weaver to narrate world premiere of ‘War of the Worlds’ for LA Philharmonic

Oscar nominated actress Sigourney Weaver will narrate live the world premiere of Annie Gosfield’s opera “War of the Worlds’” for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
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LOS ANGELES — Oscar nominated actress Sigourney Weaver will narrate live the world premiere of Annie Gosfield’s opera “War of the Worlds’” for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, an avante-garde presentation that will be heard simultaneously inside and outside Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The premiere will take place November 12 with two additional performances November 18, the Los Angeles Philharmonic announced Friday in a press statement.

Weaver, a long-time ally of the LGBTQ community, told the Advocate in 2013 that “Gay rights are the battle of our time.”

Gosfield’s “War of the Worlds” uses Orson Welles’ famous 1938 fake news broadcast about aliens invading Earth as a backdrop to spotlight the reliability, or lack thereof,  of information dissemination in modern times.

The show will be heard outside the concert hall thanks to three World War II air raid sirens in downtown Los Angeles that have been retrofitted into public speakers.

Sounds, songs and news bulletins from performers on the streets will be broadcast inside the hall.

Yuval Sharon, a 2017  MacArthur Fellow, adapted the text and will direct the performance.

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Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBT community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBT students.