SHE

The Dance
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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.  

Collaborators

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

with

Nancy Bell………………SHE

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.