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.
We recorded vocalists and instrumentalists one at time. Drums and bass were tracked at Native Sound in St. Louis. Joe Taylor is currently mixing the album before we send it off for final mixing and mastering.
The album will be released on May 28, 2021 and will be available for purchase on bandcamp.
Written by Nancy Bell. Music composed by Joe Taylor. Lyrics by Nancy Bell.
Director: Lucy Cashion
Stage Manager: Miranda Jagels Félix
Mixing: Joe Taylor
Assistant Stage Manager & Intern: Spencer Lawton
Production Managers: Will Bonfiglio, Lucy Cashion, & Joe Taylor
Artwork: Martin Brief
Anthony Kramer………..Max & P.A. Voice
Additional Vocals: Taylor Tveten
Piano: Audrey Morris & Joe Taylor
Bass: Andy Hainz
Percussion: Dustin Sholtes
Saxophone & Clarinet: Matt McKeever
Violin & Guitar: Kevin Buckley
Trumpet: Ryan Torpea
Accordion: Audrey Morris
Foley: Lucy Cashion & Joe Taylor
Recorded by Joe Taylor at Kid Scientist Studios & David Beeman at Native Sound Recording on Cherokee Street, St. Louis, USA
SHE will be released as an album for digital purchase on May 28, 2021 via bandcamp.
A listening / release party will be scheduled for early June in St. Louis, MO. Additional details will be posted here and on our social media pages as they become available.