First Friday: Sci-Fi Radio Play

Public Events
Friday, December 1, 2017
5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

Pull up a chair, sip some hot chocolate, and enjoy a live, simulated radio play with a sci-fi twist.

What if technology really could grant your every wish? In Ray Bradbury’s classic The Veldt, the Hadley family lives in a “smart house” that automates practically every aspect of their lives, including a virtual-reality nursery that fulfills the Hadley children’s wildest fantasies—for better or for worse—by transforming the room into an African grassland.

First published in 1950, this classic science-fiction story has been adapted numerous times for radio, stage, and screen, and continues to serve as a cautionary tale for our hyperconnected world.

The presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the Museum at CHF will be open for self-guided tours from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

About the Mechanical Theater

Named for the star-crossed band of misfit performers from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Mechanical Theater specializes in creating theater at historic sites and museums. This unconventional approach highlights Philadelphia’s unique and ubiquitous history, its impressive intellectual culture, and its physical beauty.

About First Fridays

Spark your curiosity while exploring the exhibits after hours! First Fridays bring together a lively lineup of guest speakers and hands-on activities covering everyday science, historical oddities, and everything in between. Grab your friends, and kick off an evening of discovery, surprise, and a little nerdy fun.

First Fridays at the Institute are always free and open to the public; no registration required. For more information about our First Friday programs, contact Alexis Pedrick at 215.873.8293 or