Took a cue from megwest and checked out a bunch of ebooks in preparation for my trip to California. Thanks to the dcpubliclibrary, I have plenty of reading for my flight, layover, and breezy summer nights. I’m being way too ambitious about the reading I’m going to get done over the next five days, but things move at a different pace in my hometown. I’m sure there will be plenty of time for books.
Listen to: But He Does Bother Me… by Robert Oriol
Music from Stupid Fucking Bird, which just opened at Theatre @ Boston Court.
This play was a tough one, for no other reason than that I started to hear what this play was supposed to sound like VERY LATE in the game. By then, of course, it was scramble scramble to get it done on time. I think what tripped me up were the 3 ukulele songs that came with the play, and the suggestion that there be Russian influences in the music. It took me a while to wrap my head around that one. As it turns out, ukuleles can pass for balalaikas. So that helped.
The music above is a choreographed transition built around an existing balalaika track, edited severely to stick to the click. Scenery is moving amidst some story telling, and the whole cast comes together for a Russian dance during the modulation. This was actually the first piece of music completed for the play, and it set the tone and palette for the remaining, shorter transition pieces.
I love seeing theatre artists document their process. I’m really hoping that I can snag a ticket to the Boston Court production of Stupid Fucking Bird while I’m in California. Tickets are proving difficult to come by. I’m eager to see Aaron’s play in two different productions. This sounds great, Robert!
I need to move this scene to later in the play, so I created a nickname to keep track of it.
I did want to try another solution just in case. I found a photograph by Swedish artist duo, Inka Lindergård and Niclas Holmström, that had these eerie, pink clouds over a horizon. I love that the clouds reminded me of LA smog, and the pink color made it look so strange and alien. I chose a rounded typeface that would evoke a once bubbly, sunshine state in contrast to this altered landscape. The mood is less chaotic and dreamier.
What else do you think could have made a good cover?
I hadn’t seen this alternative cover until today when this article was posted. I love it!
I love it too. Can it be reclaimed for the paperback? What do you say, littlebrown?
Emma Straub at McNally-Jackson, 7/23/14
Emma, thank you for plugging Edan Lepucki’s book at your politicsprose reading. You’re now the queen of book recommendations. Officially.