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Freefall Theatre announces upcoming drive-in performances in St. Petersburg

The theater company opens for performances again on Oct. 23, utilizing the theater’s outdoor space for a drive-in performance series.
Freefall Theatre's poster promotes its upcoming show, "War of the Worlds: A Live Drive-In Radio Experience." It opens Oct. 23.
Freefall Theatre's poster promotes its upcoming show, "War of the Worlds: A Live Drive-In Radio Experience." It opens Oct. 23. [ Courtesy of Freefall Theatre Company ]
Published Sep. 2, 2020
Updated Sep. 3, 2020

When the intimate Freefall Theatre closed in March because of the pandemic, staff had to get creative to figure out a way to bring audiences and programming back safely.

Artistic director Eric Davis and his team decided to take advantage of the theater’s outdoor space, courtyard and parking lot and create a drive-in venue where people can watch a series of musical performances from the safety of their cars. The audience can listen through their car stereo speakers or through a radio app on their smartphones.

The series kicks off Oct. 23 with War of the Worlds: A Live Drive-In Experience. It’s inspired by Orson Welles’ infamous 1938 radio broadcast that sent people into a panic thinking Earth was being invaded by aliens. It is a combination of live music, multimedia and radio performance.

A release from the company called the show “nostalgic, surprising, fun and irreverent” and said: “This evening of impending mayhem is Freefall’s safe and innovative return to live performances in the face of a global pandemic and the inevitable Martian onslaught.”

Tickets go on sale on Sept. 4. Patrons who call the box office are encouraged to leave a message due to staff shortages. The show runs through Nov. 22. More titles in the series will be released in the coming weeks.

Patrons can order snacks and have them delivered to their cars. The restrooms will be available, but patrons will be required to wear a mask when using them. Masks will be provided should anyone not have their own. The restrooms will be cleaned rigorously and hand sanitizing stations are available. Markers will encourage social distancing.

If you go

War of the Worlds: A Live Drive-In Experience

Ticket prices TBA. Oct. 23-Nov. 22. Freefall Theatre Company, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 498-5205. freefalltheatre.com.