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SONIA MANZANO IN THE TEMPEST
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 03:15 pm EDT 04/14/21

RESOUNDING WELCOMES
SONIA MANZANO
AS "PROSPERA"

IN NEW IMMERSIVE-AUDIO ADAPTATION OF
SHAKESPEARE'S
"THE TEMPEST"

PERFORMED LIVE AND SIMULCAST FROM OUTDOOR VENUE
RADIAL PARK

Two performances only. Friday, May 7th and Saturday, May 8th at 8:00pm
TICKETS NOW ON SALE


New York, NY - Resounding , the live immersive-audio entertainment company, has completed casting for the upcoming live outdoor performance and simulcast of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Leading the cast is Sesame Street legend, author, and Emmy-winning writer Sonia Manzano as Prospera. Joining Manzano are are Broadway's Tyler Hardwick (Once On This Island) as Ferdinand and Captain, Christine Bruno (Best Summer Ever) as Trinculo and Gonzalo, David Carl (Resounding's Nutcracker; Trump Lear) as Alonso and Stephano; Sam Given (The Inheritance) as Ariel and Sebastian; L'Oreal Lampley (Williamstown's A Son, Come Home) as Miranda; and Kurt Uy (Resounding's Treasure Island; CBS: Tommy; FBI) as Caliban and Antonio.

The show is presented by Tony nominated producer Blair Russell (Slave Play, streaming production of The Last Five Years) and award-winning writer and director Steve Wargo. Wargo will direct his hour-long adaptation of Shakespeare's romantic fantasy developed with family audiences in mind. Speaking about the production, Wargo said, "This is the most diverse and inclusive cast I have ever had the pleasure to direct, and all in the effort of introducing Shakespeare to younger and uninitiated audiences. The enormous honor of being able to present this to the world with the starring talent of a woman who helped millions of us learn how to read is very special."

Shakespeare's classic play will be presented in a whole new way with special 360° sound design by Resounding Resident Designer Andy Evan Cohen. At Radial Park the live in-person audience, one of the first since theaters have reopened, will be given special headphones to get the full immersive sound experience while watching the cast on stage with atmospheric projections displayed above on the venue's 50x60 foot screen. Remote audiences listening live via 360° audio simulcast will enjoy exclusive access to Mediterranean-themed dinner menu suggestions, decor inspiration, and a custom cocktail recipe, all created and curated by award-winning NYC bartender Jena Ellenwood.

Performances will take place Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8 at 8:00 PM ET, and run approximately 60 minutes with no intermission. Tickets, starting at just $10, are now on sale at resounding.live/radialpark .

Additional free tickets will be available to NYCHA Astoria Houses residents via digital lottery.

Fresh off a successful launch and fall run of remotely produced and performed live immersive-audio plays, Resounding will be producing some of the first live entertainment events in New York City in 2021 at the stunning outdoor venue in Astoria featuring unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline. Other plays in the series include Clu-eth starring Manu Narayan, Beyond the Veil starring Montego Glover and Quentin Earl Darrington, Treasure Island starring Rob McClure and Maggie Lakis, and a concert revival of the musical Triassic Parq, featuring its original off-Broadway cast.

Radial Park guests can enjoy the performance from the safety of their own vehicles or via reserved picnic tables spaced appropriately for social distancing for those who prefer biking, walking, or taking the ferry to Astoria/Hallett's Point Play.

Following the requirements of government and health officials, Radial Park will continue to implement strict health and safety protocols, including temperature checks upon arrival via an infrared, touchless thermometer; color-coded wristbands for social distancing; and limited, distanced seating.

Radial Park at Halletts Point Play is led by producers Jeremy Shepard and Marco Shalma with a creative team that includes two-time Tony Award and three-time Emmy Award winner Dale Badway (Executive Producer and Creative Director) Shira Milikowsky (Creative Director and Producer) and Vanjah Boikai (Associate Producer).

The Resounding team includes Steve Wargo (Creative Director), Blair Russell (Director of Operations), Jen Ash (Production & Broadcast Director), and Holly Buczek, CSA (Casting Director).



RESOUNDING presents
The Tempest
Friday, May 7 & Saturday, May 8 at 8:00 pm ET

Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased by visiting www.resounding.live /radialpark

Running Time is approximately 60 minutes

Upcoming Resounding performances include
Clu-eth (April 23-24), Beyond the Veil (April 30-May 1), Treasure Island (May 14-15), and Triassic Parq: The Musical (May 21-23)

BIOGRAPHIES

STEVE WARGO (Creative Director) has been working in New York theater as a director, producer, and writer since the fall of 2000. His work spans from traditional musical theater to the avant-garde fringe to environmental/ immersive works. Favorite credits include (as director): the immersive concert experience Kabarett Weimar; seven NYC productions of his musical adaptation (with Dianne Adams McDowell) of Charles Dickens 'A Christmas Carol; David Ives Don Juan in Chicago (first NYC revival); The Duchess, aka Wallis Simpson and Orchidelirium (both U.S. premieres); I Will Follow, and Air Guitar: The Musical (both for the NYC Fringe); All's Well That Ends Well (Manhattan Rep.) As a writer: Triassic Parq: The Musical (with Marshall Pailet and Bryce Norbitz) (NYC Fringe Best Musical '10; Off-Broadway '12: Lortel Nom.; L.A. '13: 11 Ovation Award Noms, Winner: Best Musical; San Francisco '14: 8 SGBATCC Noms; Published and licensed by Broadway Licensing.); Scooby-Doosical with Keith Varney; Nighttime Traffic with Alex Wyse. As producer: Keith Varney's I Got Fired: A Revenge Musica l (with Liz Ulmer, NYMF '10; Theater for the American Musical Award; South Korea's Daegu International Musical Festival '11); Arthur Kopit's revised BecauseHeCan (first NYC revival). In theater-adjacent work, he has lectured (on A Christmas Carol ) at Brooklyn College, and his essay, Journey On, on how the AIDS crisis impacted the development of the American Musical, was published in the trade journal Musical Theater Today. Steve grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, and earned his BFA in Musical Theater from Syracuse University.

BLAIR RUSSELL (Director of Operations) is a Tony nominated producer, developer, supporter, and lover of theatre whose experience ranges from fringe festivals to Broadway shows. He specializes in the development of new plays and musicals. As a producer, Blair is most proud of bringing Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris to Broadway. Some of his other favorite credits include the critically acclaimed immersive Off-Broadway production of Sweeney Todd at the Greenwich House Theater, and the West End productions of Gyspy with Imelda Staunton and Show Boat at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. For Jujamcyn Theaters, Blair oversaw the daily activities of the office of the President before joining the Theatre Operations department in managing the running of five Broadway theaters. At Goodspeed Musicals (a two-time Tony award-winning regional theater) he assisted the producers in managing the seasons at both the mainstage Opera House and the Terris Theater, line-produced the annual Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals, and assisted with the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony. Some of his favorite shows at Goodspeed include The Circus in Winter, Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn, and LMNOP. Blair previously worked as a stage manager for companies such as Cirque du Soleil, Santa Fe Opera, Goodspeed Musicals, Opera Santa Barbara, and Virginia Repertory Theatre. He currently serves on the board of The New Harmony Project and is Co-President of the board of New York Theatre Barn. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Technical Theatre/Stage Management.

JEN ASH (Production & Broadcast Director) Stage Management credits include: Broadway: Wicked, Dear Evan Hansen, Come From Away; Tours: Come From Away, IF/THEN, Wicked, Peter and The Starcatcher; Off-Broadway: Fuerza Bruta WAYRA, Peter and the Starcatcher, Satchmo at the Waldorf, Brigadoon; Regional: Passing Through (Goodspeed), Austen's Pride (Pre-ACT), Honeymoon in Vegas, South Pacific, Grease (Paper Mill Playhouse) TV: Various shows and concerts for VH1 and MTV networks, and events for Arts Brookfield NYC.

HOLLY BUCZEK, CSA (Casting Director) is a full time Casting Director at W/S Casting and with her own company, HDB Casting. National & International tours: Jesus Christ Superstar - 50th Anniversary Tour, Rent, Rock Of Ages, Something Rotten, Motown, Kinky Boots, Jekyll & Hyde, Dreamgirls, Annie, Wizard Of Oz, The Illusionists, Daniel Tiger, PJ Masks, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Baby Shark Live and more. Other Projects: 50 Shades: The Original Parody - off Broadway and Touring Companies, Church & State and Othello: The Remix off Broadway, The John W. Engeman Theatre, Theatre Aspen, Theatre Raleigh, Tuacahn Performing Arts Center, Riverside Theatre, Arvada Center, The Independents for Fringe 2012 (winner Best-of-the Fest), iLLA, A Hip-Hop Musical, Deployed -The Musical, The Brain That Wouldn't Die - In 3D, The Groove Factory and Pirates of Finance for NYMF, and for Bard SummerScape festival, The Ballad of Rom and Julz and Bitter Sweet. HDB Casting was the resident Casting Office for Musicals Tonight! and Matt Murphy Productions. HDB Casting is currently the resident casting office for Vital Theatre Company. TV: "The Hunt" With John Walsh on CNN. Films: Naz & Maalik, Diva and Symposium. Web: Commercials for Intel and Lipton, plus others.

RADIAL PARK AT HALLETTS POINT PLAY is the world's first truly Cinemersive experience - an interactive, theatrical playground designed as "Broadway At The Drive-in™" in the vacuum of COVID-19 and beyond. Enjoy our proprietary, expressive, top-notch hybrid big screen-live shows, performed, produced, directed, and choreographed by some of Broadway's greatest talent, and overlooking the incredible Manhattan Skyline. Join the thousands of theatre fans in a celebration of a true show of NYC ingenuity, resilience, and excellence while supporting the art community and public safety. Radial Park contains 100 socially-distance vehicle spots which are replaced by picnic tables and retro boomboxes when weather permits.

HALLETTS POINT PLAY is a new 50,000 square-foot open-air cultural, recreational and events venue located at 27-50 1st Street on the Astoria, Queens waterfront. The space showcases the emerging arts and cultural district in Astoria and provides dramatic views of the Manhattan Skyline and the East River. Steps from the Astoria Ferry stop with direct connections from the Upper East Side, Midtown, Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Roosevelt Island and is just a short walk from the subway and steps away from CitiBike. The destination opened summer of 2019 and hosts artistic and family-friendly events.

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