Friday, August 16, 2019


Radiotheatre's 10th Annual H.P.Lovecraft Festival: Arkham
Written, directed, and sound designed by Dan Bianchi
Presented by Radiotheatre in association with Theatre At St.John's

Starring Frank Zilinyi, R. Patrick Alberty, Alejandro L. Cardozo, Sarah Gwynne Walker, Joshua Nicholson.

Pastor Mark Erson (Theatre At St.John's, Co-producer)
Dan Bianchi (Radiotheatre, Artistic Director/Co-producer)

Wes Shippee (Tech Director)

NOMINATED FOR: Outstanding Performance Art Production

PHOTO: Cynthia Bianchi

About the Show
Each year Radiotheatre presents a festival of their own adaptations of terror tales by H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) whom Stephen King calls "the Grand Master of 20th Century American Horror" and whose works have gone on to inspire hundreds of artists, writers, filmmakers, game makers around the world to this day (2018's Best Picture and Best Director Oscars went to THE SHAPE OF WATER - a direct descendant of Lovecraftian Horror by Guillermo Del Toro, a Lovecraft fanatic).

What attracted you to working on this project?
Radiotheatre , a unique live audio theater complete with great storytellers, original orchestral scores using Hollywood software and award winning sound design is unlike any other theater company in NYC. It is perhaps best suited to present the weird works of H.P.Lovecraft in its unique format than any other medium...including $200 mil movies.

What was your favorite part of working on this production? And why?
Challenging the audience to use their own imaginations to provide the visuals rather than offer them whatever the director decides is best to view. RT is as simple as sitting around a campfire in the dark telling tales...yet, in today's world of expensive theater and films, it offers something none of those can deliver...asking the audience itself to participate. So, when the audience stands and cheers at each curtain and remains for a half-hour praising the work of the actors and crew, it is unlike most other low budget productions I've seen.

What do you want the audience to come away with after watching your production?
The audience left each evening smiling and cheering and thanking the artists for allowing them this unique experience they don't get at other shows.

PHOTO: Cynthia Bianchi

Why are the nominees from this production awesome?
The core group at Radiotheatre has been together for 15 yrs and the rest have been here for 4-5 yrs. Everything works like clockwork, new or old works. Truly a family atmosphere.

Was there anything odd, quirky, innovative, funny or otherwise noteworthy about your experience with this production?
We are often asked to perform at the big H.P.Lovecraft NECRONOMICON in Providence RI (His hometown) and the attendees over the week cannot believe our shows. However, our fog set off the alarms last year and the whole audience was asked to stand in the rain while the FD cleared the space. Yet, all 400 people re-entered to see the show afterwards.

What does this nomination mean to you?
NYIT is our awards for our work in OFF OFF Broadway which is our home for those of us who don't intend to bring our unique artistry to Broadway and Beyond, etc. Radiotheatre began when NYIT Awards began and has received many noms and awards and recognition and we are always grateful to them!

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