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SESAME STREET'S SONIA MANZANO BEGINS PERFORMANCES IN THE TEMPEST
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 09:20 am EDT 05/07/21

FROM
SESAME STREET
TO
SHAKESPEARE

SONIA MANZANO
PERFORMS AS "PROSPERA" IN

"THE TEMPEST"

PERFORMED LIVE AND SIMULCAST FROM OPEN AIR VENUE
RADIAL PARK

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



New York, NY (May 7, 2021) – Sonia Manzano, who spent 44 years performing as Maria and writing for the popular and enduring children's television series Sesame Street, and who was recently featured in the new documentary Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street will begin performances tonight in this live outdoor production of Shakespeare's The Tempest in New York.

Joining Manzano are Broadway's Tyler Hardwick (Once On This Island) as Ferdinand and Captain, Christine Bruno (Bekah Brunstetter's Public Servant, 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 (The Public's For Colored Girls, Coriolanus) 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, recent stream of The Last Five Years) and award-winning writer and director Steve Wargo. Wargo directs this hour-long adaptation of Shakespeare's romantic fantasy developed with family audiences in mind.

Shakespeare's classic play will be presented in a whole new way with special 360° sound design by Designer Andy Evan Cohen. At Radial Park the in-person audience 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 a custom cocktail recipe created by award-winning NYC bartender Jena Ellenwood.

Performances will take place this 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 www.resounding.live/the-tempest


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/the-tempest

Running Time is approximately 60 minutes

BIOGRAPHIES

SONIA MANZANO is a first-generation mainland Puerto Rican, raised in the South Bronx. In the early 1970's a scholarship took her to Carnegie Mellon University where she participated in the creation of the Broadway hit Godspell. From there she went on to create the role of "Maria" on Sesame Street, for which she received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmys Awards in 2016. Manzano has also received 15 Emmys for staff writing Sesame Street, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Award, and the Hispanic Heritage Award for Education. Also an award-winning children's book author, Sonia's published works include: No Dogs Allowed, A Box Full of Kittens and Miracle on 133rd Street with Simon and Schuster and The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano and Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx with Scholastic. A World Together, Manzano's first book for National Geographic was released September 2020. Scholastic recently announced a new four-book deal with Sonia Manzano. The first novel Coming Up Cuban will publish in spring 2022. Sonia created an animated series, "Alma's Way," developed by Fred Rogers Productions. It will air on PBS in Oct 2021. Manzano is looking forward to the opening of a bricks and mortar Bronx Children's Museum.


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 Musical (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.

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