|NORM LEWIS to star as Count Dracula in RESOUNDING's debut production of DRACULA- October 30 & 31, 2020|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 04:45 pm EDT 10/07/20|
|NORM LEWIS to star as Count Dracula
In RESOUNDING's debut production of
Based on ORSON WELLES' Radio Play
and Adapted by STEVE WARGO
LINDSAY NICOLE CHAMBERS, SIHO ELLSMORE, CHRIS RENFRO,
DICK TERHUNE, and STUART WILLIAMS
October 30 & 31, 2020
New York: Resounding, a live immersive audio entertainment company, will debut with a production of Dracula , on Friday, October 30 and Saturday 31 at 8 PM. Based on Orson Welles' radio play and adapted by Resounding Creative Director Steve Wargo, this production of Dracula will star Tony-nominated Norm Lewis (Broadway: Once on This Island The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess) as Count Dracula along with Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Broadway: Lysistrata Jones, Legally Blonde, Hairspray) as Mina Murray, Siho Ellsmore (Off-Broadway: Jewtopia. TV: "Neighbours") as Lucy Westenra, Chris Renfro (TV: "The Happy Place," "Reno911!") as Jonathan Harker, Dick Terhune (TV: "Transformers: Cyberverse") as Prof, Van Helsing, Stuart Williams (Off-Broadway: The Report. TV: "The Plot Against America") as Dr. Seward and John Stimac (Film: Lethal Force. Met Opera's Akhnaten), all performing live, remotely from their homes .
Based on Bram Stoker's horror classic, this live immersive audio experience will transport audiences to the heart of Transylvania and the decaying, undead world of The Count himself. With your ears and imagination as your guide, join Prof. Van Helsing as he leads a team of vampire hunters to destroy the evil that is Dracula once and for all.
This fast-paced new immersive audio play, suggested by Orson Welles' 1938 radio adaptation, will use new, proprietary technology to create a live 360-degree soundscape of howls, bats, screams, creaky floors, slamming doors, and everything that goes bump in the night.
"I've been thinking for the better part of a decade about how to leverage the internet to increase audience and participation in the theatre in America and the world. My initial ideas were to recreate the style and substance of the broadcasts that Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre performed live on the radio in the late '30s. Time passed, other projects came and went, then the pandemic hit, and this idea became front and center. We have an amazing team and now we have some fancy patent-pending new technology on our hands, something potentially revolutionary. And what better way to launch that with the great Norm Lewis as Dracula for Halloween." Resounding Creative Director, Steve Wargo
Resounding wants their audiences to 'spend the night out at home' as they gather with their friends near and far for the Halloween event of the year: dress in your undead best, light your candles, pour yourself a drink, and prepare to experience Dracula like never before. Resounding has partnered with award-winning NYC bartender Jena Ellenwood to help curate custom cocktails (and nonalcoholic beverages) for each of their shows; the team will engage with audiences with ideas for show-specific eats and treats, costumes, and décor on their Pinterest board. Audiences will also have the opportunity to share their experiences via a "virtual photo booth" that documents the shared experience of attending the performance together, even while being apart.
Dracula will be followed by live audio performances of a Resounding adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island (November), and the World Premiere of The Fantastical Tale of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King (December) casts TBA. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by visiting Resounding.live
The Resounding team includes Steve Wargo (Creative Director), David Horowitz (Director of Technical Design), Blair Russell (Director of Operations), Jen Ash (Production & Broadcast Manager), and Holly Buczek, CSA (Casting Director).
Friday, October 30 and Saturday 31 at 8 PM
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by visiting Resounding.live
Running Time is 55 Minutes
Upcoming Resounding performances include
Treasure Island (November)
World Premiere of The Fantastical Tale of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King (December)
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); Alls 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 Franciso 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 Kopits 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.
David Horowitz (Director of Technical Design) is a sound engineer, designer, musician, composer, father, and husband. He has designed shows at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and has mixed numerous shows on and off-Broadway. Memorable shows on Broadway include Beetlejuice, Spring Awakening, and Hands on a Hardbody. Favorite credits off-Broadway include The Great Immensity, This Beautiful City, Ave Q, and Slug Bearers of Kayroll Island.
Blair Russell (Director of Operations) is an independent theatrical professional with a wide range of experience in commercial and non-profit theater, consulting, producing, and investing. 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, 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. He assisted with the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony. Some of his favorite shows at Goodspeed include The Circus in Winter, Irving Berlins 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. Blair currently serves on the board of New York Theatre Barn and The New Harmony Project. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and the Commercial Theater Institute.
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.
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