MUSIC

 

THE SCARLET LETTER

An introspective character theme created for Pearl, the grown up daughter who narrates the events of her childhood in Carol and Jonathan Gilligan's stage adaptation of The Scarlet Letter.

 

THE LIAR

A remix of Vivaldi's Mandolin Concerto in C, this piece was created as incidental music for Kinetic Theatre's production of "The Liar. "
David Ives translated this 17th century play by Cornielle into modern English, using iambic pentameter. The result was a hilarious mashup of old and new, echoed by the set, costume and sound designs.

 
 

DAY ROOM WINDOW

Bonnie Cohen's Day Room Window follows a group of teenage girls serving time in an adult prison. I wrote this verse for Alison, who sometimes sings to Ariel through the vent that connects their cells. She calls the song Loving you is Hard, But Being Me is Easy.

 
 

A LESSON BEFORE DYING

 

Based on the Ernest J. Gaines book by the same name, A Lesson Before Dying is the story of a young African American man wrongfully sentenced to death in rural Louisiana in 1948.

The sound design includes a subtle mix of 1940s jazz and contemporary music rooted in the same era, establishing play's setting while intimating the current relevance of its themes. The following transitional pieces were improvised by Joe Badascewski under the direction of Angela Baughman.

Photos by Johnmichael Bohach, scenic designer

 

The Devil’s Arithmetic

Co-written with Tom Roberts, these themes were performed live in a stage adaptation of the book of the same name.

"The production achieves some remarkable scenic effects... live Klezmer-infused music is just enough, never too insistent." Pittsburgh Post Gazette