Restoration Comedy

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"When virtuous Amanda Loveless learns that her rakish dead husband is very much alive, it’s time to stop mourning and start plotting. Wicked wit, irresistible intrigue and fabulous fashion combine through a dizzying kaleidoscope of Restoration characters, all chasing the joys of love. Director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar creates a modern-day Restoration experience. The play will begin with a baroque musicale while guests sip on unique holiday cocktails. Intermission will feature a variety show and to end the evening, guests will be able to join in a post show dance party It's all play and all party."

In "Restoration Comedy" director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar sought to fuse what is otherwise a period play with a modern day party experience. His only restriction for the sound design was that the music was to be exclusively sourced exclusively from The Scissor Sisters.  In this piece, I saw a need to create fluid transitions between what are otherwise starkly contrasting modern and period worlds. The show's other sound designer Jill BC Du Boff edited the modern dance tracks chosen by the director according to the choreographers needs and then delivered them to me.  After some experimentation, I then composed and produced a series period musical intros that seamlessly morph into the modern music. 

These transitional morphs  were declared "One of the most creative moments of the night" by theater blogger Michael Block. They ultimately created a surprising and fluid method of  throwing the play into a modern setting. I also wrote some outtros in a similar fashion that bring the play back into period.  

 

  • Director: Ed Sylvanus Iskandar
  • Playwright: Amy Freed
  • Choreography: Will Taylor
  • Co-Sound Designer: Jill BC Du Boff
  • Set: Julia Noulin Merat
  • Lighting: Daniel Chapman
  • Costumes: Loren Shaw
  • Props: Rowan Doyle
  • Produced by The Flea Theater 

Jeremy Bloom

Brooklyn, NY, USA