a play with music(2022)
|September 14, 2022; Roulette Intermedium, Brooklyn, NYC; Starring Andrew Boudreau, Rick Burkhardt, and Kate Soper • Featuring Orlando Furioso
|A new music ensemble is reaching the end of a season-long project: following the instructions in a medieval manuscript to repeat a short phrase 78,513 times in order to summon a demon. While no one in the ensemble actually believes in this endeavor, one unlucky player is in for a surprise during the final shift...
|PLAYER ONE (piano): a member of a new musical ensemble
PLAYER TWO (piano, vocals): a member of a new music ensemble
THE DEMON (piano): a demon
THE BAND (at least 4 players on any instruments except voice and piano): an unrelated collection of performers from medieval times to the present. Having previously summoned the demon, they are cursed to play for all eternity at the demon’s command.
|Two pianist/actors, one pianist/vocalist/actor, and flexible instrumentation of at least 4 players on any instruments except voice or piano. (Only one piano required.)
|See preview pages for performance details.
HEX is a short play with music that explores the risks of cynical art-making, the apocalyptic power of music, and the potential for theatricality, humour, and improvisation in concert music.
– Kate Soper