TONY NOMINEE MONTEGO GLOVER AND BROADWAY’S QUENTIN EARL DARRINGTON TO LEAD RESOUNDING’S “BEYOND THE VEIL” AT RADIAL PARK AT HALLETTS POINT PLAY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
TONY AWARD NOMINEE
QUENTIN EARL DARRINGTON
WORLD-PREMIERE GHOST PLAY
“BEYOND THE VEIL”
LIVE AT THE THEATRICAL DRIVE-IN EXPERIENCE
AT HALLETTS POINT PLAY
TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY
FRIDAY, APRIL 30 AND SATURDAY, MAY 1 AT 8:00 PM ET
TICKETS NOW ON SALE
New York, NY (March 30, 2021) – Resounding, the immersive-audio entertainment company, announced today casting for the world premiere live outdoor performance and simulcast of Beyond the Veil, an original ghost thriller by Steve Wargo, as part of the month-long residency at the theatrical drive-in experience Radial Park at Halletts Point Play.
Leading the cast are Tony Award nominee Montego Glover (Memphis, Les Misérables, Hamilton) as Rebecca, a Spiritualist medium determined to bring justice to the dead, and Broadway’s Quentin Earl Darrington (Ragtime, Cats, Once on This Island) as the Narrator, a small-town doctor wracked with grief and beset by spectral visitations.
Beyond the Veil, a world-premiere ghost play, will run for two performances only Friday, April 30, Saturday, May 1 at 8:00 PM ET, and runs approximately 60 minutes with no intermission.
Tickets, starting at just $10, are now on sale at resounding.live/radialpark.
Joining Glover and Darrington are Broadway’s Alyssa Fox (Frozen, Wicked) as Mother, Siho Ellsmore (Resounding’s Dracula, Nutcracker; Jewtopia) as Miriam, Mary Jo McConnell (National tours: Sister Act, All Shook Up) as Cora, and John Stimac (Resounding’s Dracula; Met Opera: Akhnaten) as Father.
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.
Wargo will direct his ghost play, with Sound Design by Josh Samuels, which will include a fully immersive “horrorscape” of creaks, faceless whispers, shocking screeches and suspenseful silence to tell the tale of two grieving families who come together to seek help from a medium to “lift the veil” to the realm of the dead and find closure. What they discover there is the stuff of nightmares and will haunt them, and audiences, long after the seance has ended.
The production will be performed for both an in-person audience and via audio simulcast as part of a month-long festival at the theatrical drive-in experience Radial Park. In-person audiences will be given special “silent disco”-style headphones to get the full immersive sound experience while enjoying atmospheric and stage projections on the venue’s 50×60 foot screen. Award-winning NYC bartender Jena Ellenwood will curate an at home experience for remote audiences including exclusive access to seance-themed dinner menu suggestions and a custom cocktail recipe perfect for enjoying a “night out, in.”
Other immersive audio plays in the five-week residency (April 23 – May 23), include the unauthorized parody in iambic pentameter of a classic film script, Clu-eth (April 23 – 24), an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest (May 7 – 8), the company’s ever-popular Treasure Island, starring Tony Award nominee Rob McClure (May 14 – 15), and Triassic Parq: The Musical (May 21 – 23).
Additional free tickets will be available to NYCHA Astoria Houses residents via digital lottery.
Guests at Radial Park can enjoy the theatrical show 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 Halletts 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 more.
Radial Park’s cinemersive experience, dubbed “Broadway at the Drive-In,” officially opened October 1, 2020 with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera on the big screen along with live specially interwoven musical numbers from Broadway’s Derrick Davis and Ali Ewoldt alongside a live 11-piece orchestra and continued with Purple Rain featuring Aaron Marcellus, Nick Rashad Burroughs and Lenesha “Sister” Randolph and Selena, starring two-time Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada singing hits from the films in front of live bands. This Spring Broadway at the Drive-In returns with the iconic, blockbuster, fan-favorite film, The Blues Brothers beginning Thursday, May 27, 2021.
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).
MONTEGO GLOVER is a Tony Award Nominee, Two-time Drama Desk Award Winner, Outer Critics’ Circle Award Winner & Honoree, and Drama League Award Nominee. Her Broadway credits include Memphis, Les Miserables, It Shoulda Been You, and The Color Purple (Original Broadway Production). Off Broadway Ms. Glover earned her second Drama Desk Award for The Royale at Lincoln Center Theatre. Last season, she earned her Outer Critics’ Circle Honor for All The Natalie Portmans at MCC Theater. And recently, finished a thrilling run as Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton. TV/Film: “BULL,” “Black Box,” “The Following,” “Hostages,” “Smash,” “The Good Wife,” “White Collar,” “Golden Boy,” “Law & Order,” “Made In Jersey,” and Alone (independent feature). Ms. Glover has enjoyed numerous commercial & voiceover campaigns, as well as animated characters for television, gaming, film and new media. Upcoming: A new television series entitled Inventing Anna, and a highly anticipated animated series currently in development, both for Netflix.@MontegoGlover www.MontegoGlover.com
QUENTIN EARL DARRINGTON was most recently seen on Broadway as Agwe in the Tony Award-winning revival of Once On This Island for which he earned a Grammy Award nomination. He made his Broadway debut in the 2010 Tony-nominated revival of Ragtime, starring as Coalhouse Walker Jr. and was also seen as Old Deuteronomy in the Broadway revival of CATS. A native of Florida, his extensive career has taken him from the Bay to Broadway and beyond performing in numerous shows and concerts across 46 US states, Canada, the Caribbean, South America, Europe and New Zealand; also in the national tours of Memphis, The Color Purple, The Lion King, and Ragtime. Q has also starred in productions at The Kennedy Center, NY City Center, Papermill Playhouse, the MUNY, The Cincinnati Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus, and the Goodspeed Opera House among others. In addition to his stage career, Q has recently guest starred on “NCIS NOLA,” “The Blacklist,” “Elementary,” “Madam Secretary,” “The Good Fight,” and recurs on the new CBS drama “The Code.” He holds a MFA from University of Central Florida and a BFA from University of South Florida.
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.
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 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 Citi Bike. The destination opened summer of 2019 and hosts artistic and family-friendly events.
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