Onstage: Welcome to Night Vale

Set in the fictional Southwestern desert town of Night Vale, the podcast — being performed live at Taft Theatre Sunday — is presented as a radio show complete with news, weather, advertisements and updates on local events and happenings.

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click to enlarge Meg Bashwiner portrays Deb in Welcome to Night Vale podcasts and hosts the live shows.
Meg Bashwiner portrays Deb in Welcome to Night Vale podcasts and hosts the live shows.

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ong before Serial brought podcasting to the mainstream, there were several very popular programs being downloaded on phones, MP3 players and computers. Shows like Marc Maron’s WTF, Jimmy Pardo’s Never Not Funny and The Adam Carolla Show all gained sizeable followings. One show topping the podcast charts was different, however, and that was a quirky show called Welcome to Night Vale.

The podcast debuted in the summer of 2012 and quickly became a hit. Within a year, it was the most downloaded podcast on iTunes. In October 2013, the cast began staging live shows. Read a full feature on Night Vale here .

Welcome to Night Vale takes over Taft Theatre on Sunday. More info: tafttheatre.org.


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