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Television Event: Screening & Discussion

12/4 @ 6:30 pm 9:00 pm

Join us at Liberty Hall on December 4, 2024, for a special screening of Television Event followed by a 40th anniversary reunion Q&A featuring The Day After’s cast and crew both in-person and virtually including:

– Actor, Steve Guttenberg
– TDA Director, Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)
– TDA Producer, Bob Papazian (Rome, Inherit the Wind)
– TDA Producer, Stephanie Austin (Terminator 2, True Lies)
– Actor and Lawrence local, Ellen Moore who played Jolene Dahlberg
– Local casting agent, Jack Wright
– Former Mayor of Lawrence, David Longhurst
– Television Event director, Jeff Daniels

Ticket Price: $12.00

Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime. Please arrive early to ensure entry prior to event start time.

This screening is hosted in partnership with The Free State Festival, KU Libraries, and the Watkins Museum of History. Before the screening KU Libraries and the Watkins Museum of History will display and share items from their archives related to the filming of The Day After.

About The Day After

Forty years ago, Lawrence, Kansas was at the center of a global discussion on nuclear war when over 2000 of its residents participated in a made-for-TV movie that shook-up the nation, rattled President Reagan and helped avert nuclear war.

On November 20, 1983, ABC-TV broadcast The Day After, a chilling fictional account of the aftermath of a nuclear war on this small city in Kansas. More than 100 million viewers tuned in, making it the highest-rated made-for-TV film in history. The broadcast came after weeks of buildup and behind-the-scenes controversy extending all the way to a White House in the midst of a nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union.

Image courtesy of the Douglas County Historical Society, 1983.127.007

Courtesy of our friends at the Lawrence Public Library, you can visit the Digital Douglas County History portal and listen to oral histories recorded in 2012 with 15 local people who participated in the filmmaking. The interviews were conducted at the Watkins by Kaye McIntyre of Kansas Public Radio.

Liberty Hall

644 Massachusetts S
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
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