SHE controls the radio station of the fascist regime in power. SHE's also the star of the broadcast. Her recording studio abounds with music and oysters. But in the nearby government camps full of misfits and would-be revolutionaries, only torture and starvation is thick on the ground.
Tonight, however, SHE's realm feels different. The bombs sound closer. Time moves faster. But SHE will finish her radio show, and it will be her finest. If executing every number in the broadcast means some people need to die, so be it; it is a small sacrifice. The citizens need her and she will not let them down.
In pre-COVID times, ERA commissioned playwright, lyricist, and actor Nancy Bell to develop a play. The pandemic began before our workshopping did, prompting us to develop the work into a radio play. We rehearsed outside or via online video chat. We created a recording studio spread throughout a living room, dining room, stairwell, and den. We separated the recording booths with clear shower curtain liners and peppered the house with air purifiers, which we'd turn on and off between takes. Everyone had their own pop filter and headphones. We'd only record a few actors at time, so scene partners acted with each other over time and space.
Written by Nancy Bell. Music composed by Joe Taylor. Lyrics by Nancy Bell.
Director: Lucy Cashion
Stage Manager: Miranda Jagels Félix
Assistant Stage Manager & Apprentice: Spencer Lawton
Recording Engineers: Joe Taylor & David Beeman
Mixing & Mastering: David Beeman
Production Managers: Will Bonfiglio, Lucy Cashion, & Joe Taylor
Artwork: Martin Brief
Will Bonfiglio……………Nils (the brother)
Gabe Taylor…………….Fritz (the production manager)
Alicen Moser……………GIRL (the wandering spirit of SHE as a child)
Mitch Eagles…………....Michel (the loyal one)
Joe Taylor……………….George (the music director)
Anthony Kramer………..Max (the back-up vocalist) & P.A. Voice
SHE Vocals: Taylor Tveten
Accordion: Jessica Adkins
Violin: Wanda Becker & Kevin Buckley
Guitar: Kevin Buckley
Bass: Andy Hainz
Saxophone & Clarinet: Matt McKeever
Piano: Audrey Morris & Joe Taylor
Percussion: Dustin Sholtes
Trumpet: Ryan Torpea
Foley: David Beeman, Lucy Cashion, & Joe Taylor
Recorded by Joe Taylor at Kid Scientist Studios & David Beeman at Native Sound Recording on Cherokee Street, St. Louis, USA
Album Release & Listening Party
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Doors open at 7 p.m.
Radio play begins at 8 p.m.
at Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118
With public support from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.