Rouse composes a time accurate, durational, electronic score that shifts throughout the work creating a multitude of sonic textures and moods that define and comment on the different scenes onstage—Before School, After School, Evening at Home, for example.
The music is accompanied by recorded and synthesized readings of the text as well as live readings by select audience members. The text can be easily translated into many different languages through auto-translation allowing the work to be toured extensively worldwide.
Conceived, written and directed by Mikel Rouse
Set and Video Design by Jeff Sugg and Jim Findlay
Sound design by Christopher Ericson
Lighting design by Hideaki Tsutsui
Musical direction by Matthew Gandolfo
Production Management by William Knapp
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Producing Partner and Lead Commissioner