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SAN JOSE STAGE | San Jose, CA | Directed by Tony Kelly
Lana Palmer’s sound design is peppered with thunderously booming thumps that made the person sitting next to me jump every single time. Nobody knows what actually causes those deafeningly loud noises except that the upstairs neighbor must be doing something pretty dramatic. It’s either that or the house is haunted, which honestly feels more and more likely as the play goes on.
– Sam Hurwitt, San Jose Mercury News
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SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY *Regional Premiere
KANSAS CITY REP | Kansas City, MO | Directed by Chip Miller
For this piece, Miller called on the skills of his creative and design team who never fail. The lighting, set design, costumes, sound, props, wigs–all aspects get excellent marks.
– Bob Evans, KC Applauds
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THE GRAPES OF WRATH
LOS ALTOS STAGE | Los Altos, CA | Directed by Jeffrey Lo
Then there was the subtle mood music, which felt both genuine and lovely. Music director Lana Palmer (who doubled as sound designer) starts things off when she plucks at her banjo strings, supported perfectly by Emily Chiet’s violin and Bruce Avery on guitar. Flawless snatches of music and song are scattered like dust particles throughout the entire play.
– Joanne Englehardt, The Mercury News
Lana Palmer’s sound design may be the best I’ve ever heard in the old Bus Barn Theater.
– John Orr, Palo Alto Weekly
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INFERNO THEATRE COMPANY | Oakland, CA | Directed by Giulio Cesare Perrone
This production used sound design to build the world of Dracula’s Transylvanian castle and reflect the inner state of Jonathan Harker, Mina and Lucy as their world is ruptured. In this cue, the ensemble builds a hypnotic, surrealistic train as Harker travels to Transylvania.
Along with violinist Carole Braves, I also supplied original music (Piano/Accordion) for this production, earning a 2018 Theatre Bay Area Award nomination for Best Original Music.
TOWN HALL THEATRE COMPANY | Lafayette, CA | Directed by Susan Evans
It was an honor to work on the Bay Area premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists, produced with an all-female cast and creative team. For the opening sequence, I arranged and produced an instrumental music theme based on Gunderson’s melody. From the script:
In the dark. A time of unrest in Paris-crisis-danger-threat… Then a sharp white light on, or the engorging shadow of… A guillotine, its blade rising to the top. A gasp.
FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE/WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF
AFRICAN-AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY | San Francisco, CA | Directed by Elizabeth Carter
In For Colored Girls, my goal was to organically incorporate the many popular songs written into the script while providing room for the voice of the actors to be heard. Several monologue sections had ambient underscores to help build the world of each character. This excerpt begins,
‘I usedta live in the world then i moved to HARLEM & my universe is now six blocks’
The soundscape takes her from city street to subway to deadbolt-locked apartment.
For Colored Girls… Received the 2018 Broadway World Regional Award for Best Local Play in the San Francisco Bay Area.
PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE
SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY | San Francisco, CA | Directed by Bruce Avery
In this ambitious production of Pericles, a simple song reunites a family torn apart. I used Mediterranean instruments as well as waterphone, prayer bowls and chimes to create the landscapes of Tyre, Antioch and Ephesus.
Most heavenly music! It nips me unto listening, and thick slumber Hangs upon mine eyes.
THE DUEL: Pericles fights other suitors in a bid for Thaisa’s hand in marriage.
THE WALTZ/CURTAIN CALL: Pericles and Thaisa dance as suitors compete for her favor.
THE STORM: In this sequence, newlyweds Pericles and Thaisa are caught in a storm while traveling home to Tyre. Thaisa dies in childbirth and is buried at sea, leaving Pericles with baby Marina. As this cue plays, Pericles watches Thaisa being swept out to sea.
DIONYZA: This theme recurs several times throughout the play: The riddle in Antiochus, Dionyza’s plot to kill Marina, and again (as a piano rag) in the Bawd’s brothel.
EPILOGUE: Pericles, Thaisa and Marina are reunited.
THE LARAMIE PROJECT
SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY | San Francisco, CA | Directed by Bill Peters
A delicate production featuring beautiful work by a brave and committed ensemble. My goal was to build a ‘nest’ to hold and support the emotion of the work. This cue was used in a chilling meditation as McKinney and Henderson build the fence.
HOMO EX MACHINA
STANFORD UNIVERSITY | Palo Alto, CA | Directed by Karola Kreitmair
I was thrilled to work on the World Premiere of Homo Ex Machina, supported by Stanford’s Medicine and the Muse initiative. Bird song plays an important role in the story, and sound design was a major element in several scenes.
The sample cue is a piece of original music I wrote for the first Act Out.
Music cue by Lana Palmer
Written for a short film, this piece has now been used on several televsion shows.
ENTERING THE SHIP
Original Sound Design by Lana Palmer
A piece of original sound design.