PROJECT MERCURY LAUNCHES
Updated: Apr 23, 2021
PRESENTING ORIGINAL AUDIO PLAYS
Chatillion Stage Company is pleased to announce a new anthology series of original audio plays, which takes its inspiration from Orson Welles' The Mercury Theatre on the Air. This series focuses on works about, by and for women. The podcast is now available on major platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and many others.
The inaugural PROJECT MERCURY presentation is adapted from the stage as an audio play. The Man in the Window is based on a true story and written by Ms. Whitfield. It takes place in 1882 and civil engineer, Colonel Washington Augustus Roebling and his resourceful wife, Emily, must overcome his ill health, City Hall, and political intrigue, in their quest to finish building the "Eighth Wonder of the World," The Brooklyn Bridge. While Col. Roebling was the Chief Engineer, history has generally diminished Emily's contribution to the completion of the bridge, as it was she who was largely responsible for guiding construction (1869–83) throughout the debilitating illness of her husband. With Emily's drive and persistence, the Brooklyn Bridge would become the longest-span suspension bridge in the world (at that time), and the first to be built with steel cables. This audio play honors Emily's place in history and furthers Chatillion’s mission of telling stories about women.
MEET THE CAST
The Man in the Window cast features Paul Page (Denver Drama Critics Circle Award winner, Gallery Players, Edge Theatre, and Theatre Row); Wayne W. Pretlow (Monsterland, House of Cards, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, Madam Secretary, Law & Order SVU, Nurse Jackie, Like Sunday Like Rain); Debra Whitfield (The Mint Theater, Florida Studio Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Dorset Theatre Festival, Two River Theater Company, Hartford TheaterWorks, Depot Theatre, Bickford Theatre, Emelin Theatre, Amateur Comedy Club). Sound Engineer credit goes to Grammy Award-winner, Tom Camuso (Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill and HBO’s The Wire, collaboration with artists such as Sir Paul McCartney, Blondie, Lenny Kravitz, John Scofield and Steve Earle and sound designs for Samsung, Jet Blue, MTV and ESPN). Original music and sound design by Ed Matthew (Transference, Tech Support, Fire, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Invisible Theater, Amateur Comedy Club, the Snarks, member of the orchestra of Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera).
STREAMING NOW DECEPTION, A new psychological thriller
DECEPTION is an original dramatized mystery in the style of the classic radio play. It is written and directed by Debra Whitfield and will be presented in two episodes. The suspenseful thriller is loosely based on a notorious NYC murder case that happened a little over 100 years ago. Cora Mack Slade is madly in love with her handsome new husband, Doc, and seems oblivious to the deadly suspicions that swirl around him.
The DECEPTION cast features Jason O'Connell (Park Avenue Armory, Wheelhouse/The Duke on 42nd St., Primary Stages, The Pearl, Bedlam, Joe’s Pub, Syracuse Stage, Law & Order franchise); Melissa Hurst (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Playhouse, Atlantic Theatre, Joe’s Pub, Soho Rep, Hartford Stage, GeVa, Pittsburgh Public); Russell Jordan (2020 Helen Hayes Awards Outstanding Performer nomination, Vivian's Music, 1969; N'Kenge (Broadway: Motown: The Musical, Sondheim in Sondheim, Caroline, or Change (fall 2021), Madison Square Garden, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Pres. Obama's Commander- in-Chief Inaugural Ball, , Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Vienna Kammer Opera, Israel Opera, The Haymarket Theatre London); Paul Page (Denver Drama Critics Circle Award winner, Gallery Players, Edge Theatre, and Theatre Row); Angela Pierce (Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout, Circle In The Square, The Public, The Mint Theater, Denver Center Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of DC, Royal Shakespeare (UK), Hartford TheaterWorks, Bucks County Playhouse); and Ms. Whitfield ( Mint Theater, Florida Studio Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Dorset Theatre Festival, Two River Theater Company, Hartford TheaterWorks, Depot Theatre, Bickford Theatre, Emelin Theatre).
The production team includes Robert Laconi, Associate Producer (Circle in the Square, Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Project, Broadway's Enchanted April, Tech Support at 59E59, Theatre Arts Center NY); Tom Camuso, Sound Engineer (Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill and HBO’s The Wire, artists Sir Paul McCartney, Blondie, Lenny Kravitz, John Scofield, Steve Earle, sound designs for Samsung, Jet Blue, MTV and ESPN); and Ed Matthew, Original Music and Sound Effects (Transference, Tech Support, Fire, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Invisible Theater, Amateur Comedy Club, the Snarks, member of the orchestra of Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera)