New Off-Broadway Play Recounts Worst Naval Disaster in U.S. History

News   New Off-Broadway Play Recounts Worst Naval Disaster in U.S. History
New Light Theater Project and Access Theater will present In The Soundless Awe, a drama that tells the story of Captain McVay, the man at the helm of the worst naval disaster in U.S. history: the 1945 sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis that killed hundreds of sailors.

Directed by Sarah Norris, In The Soundless Awe is written by Jayme McGhan and Andy Pederson. The New York premiere will begin previews Nov. 20 at Access Theater, with an opening night slated for Nov. 23.

Captain McVay's ship was hit by two Japanese torpedoes, killing 300 sailors on impact and leaving 900 more to drift in the Pacific Ocean. After five days, rescue ships and planes arrived to collect the survivors: a mere 321.

The play is set 22 years after the tragic incident, portraying McVay in his "haunting final moments." It is described as "a highly-theatrical, emotionally-wrought, and horrific imagining of the final nightmare of Captain McVay."

The production team includes Corrie Blissit (choreographer), Loren Beri (original music), Brian Dudkiewicz (scenic design), Genevieve Beller (costumes), Michael O'Connor (lighting), Andy Cohen (sound design), Yuriy Pavlish (projections), Zach Griffin (film associate), Joshua Shain (production manager), Matt Vieira (technical director), Abby Wylan (associate director), Samantha Schaffer (associate scenic design), production assistant Joy Yoo (production assistant) and Juni Li (production stage manager). Casting will be announced shortly.

Access Theater is located at 380 Broadway on the 4th floor. To purchase tickets, $15, visit or call (800) 838-3006.

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