Signing Shakespeare

Brooke Cordova, right, and Maxwell Bradney discuss how their American Sign Language performances will work.

The Long Beach Shakespeare Company is recreating its Month of Horror tradition, offering spooky tales presented in old-time radio style.

This weekend, it is "The Horla" and "The Hitchhiker," with shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14.

Next weekend, "Frankenstein" comes alive for three performances on the same schedule Oct. 19-21. The climax will be Orson Welles's "War of the Worlds" at the same times Oct. 26-28.

Mat Kaplan will host "War of the Worlds" on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28. And all of the Friday and Saturday performances will include ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation.

The radio play style features live actors and sound effects, but with the actual action left to the imagination of the audience.

All performances are at the Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Ave. Tickets are $12.50, and reservations are recommended, particularly for "War of the Worlds." 

Go to or call (562) 997-1494.

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