Rockaby: The Acme Corporation

Rockaby, which was also presented at St. Mark’s Church in October 2013. The recording of the text was overseen by the Canadian sound designer and composer, Alexander MacSween, who, working with myself and the actress, Temple Crocker, approached it as four very separate soundscapes—with slight atmospheric and acoustic differentiations.

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Crocker and I also approached the text in an extremely technical way—finding four very different performance approaches to each section, though each was tonally connected to the others. These technical considerations were more musically oriented—focusing on tempo, cadence and rhythm—rather than character, psychology or emotion. This was keeping in the spirit of Beckettian adage: “What matter who’s speaking, someone said what matter who’s speaking?”

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