Thanks to the folks at Seattle Theater Writers for another Gypsy Rose Lee Award nomination for Excellence in Sound Design (Smaller Theater)! And this time, it was a win! Silhouette was a crazy ambitious project — an original science fiction a cappella musical. What a wild ride!
This piece is posing unique challenges for me as a sound designer. We spent time in the recording studio recording the many voice-overs that the script calls for. The trick with this piece is, the core ensemble of five actors are entered into a lottery each during each performance which determines who plays which roll. Effectively, there’s over 720 combinations of roles and actors that could happen! Thankfully, I don’t have to program 720 versions of the show - who’s got time for that?? But I do need to program 5 different versions with a different lead. How will this grand experiment turn out?? Exploring our most universal truth : You can’t take it with you, but you can try. This play was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize - come see why. Tickets available HERE.
It’s finally here! Thank you to all who contributed to this massive project and made it possible. Video created in collaboration with my brother, Craig Amromin.
I’m spending the last few days of rehearsals with the bang-up team at Shotgun Players in Berkeley, CA watching Women Laughing Alone With Salad come together! What a wild show this is! Sound designer and composer Jake Rodriguez has put together a sweet soundtrack for this wedge of sociopolitical feminist absurdism. Susannah Martin directs Sheila Callaghan’s fresh script. Catch it if you’re in town!
Reshape has been a first for me. Not only did I create a video installation (which you can read more about here), but I also did a durational performance piece. Isolated in a booth with a modified plastic portal, lit from behind, I had a microphone on a table in front of me which was connected to a telephone on the other side of the wall. Guests could pick up the phone and hear me breathing - an intimate connection. However, the communication was only one way. I was the gatekeeper and decided who I wanted to talk to and when, if I wanted to talk to anyone at all. The idea was a self-imposed isolation, which was regulated by me alone.
I learned a lot on this project - both about myself and about the other truly remarkable artists I got to collaborate with. Watch this video created by Craig Amromin (my one-of-a-kind super talented bro) to learn a little more and see some footage of this unique event.