Uncommon Women

by Bertolt Brecht translated and adapted by David Hare directed by John Orlock
designed for Eldred Theater at Case Western Reserve University opened: April 1, 2005

Sounds

Final voice over Download Link

Jerrold Scott provided authoritarian voice overs throughout the course of the play to underscore the male authoritarian of the university the women are attending. The final scene brings us from the 70s into present day, so I cross-faded his voice with Cathy Albers. The recording quality is poor, but the intent of the cue comes across.

Design Concept

The design for the show was minimal, so sound was absolutely essential to set the tone and period for the production. All music for the show came from the early 1970s or late 1960s. A special feature of the show was the voice overs: I recorded Jerrold Scott (AEA member) for introductions to each scene in the play. For a special effect near the end, I crossfaded Mr. Scott’s voice with that of the director Catherine Albers, as the topic of the show switched from male domination to female empowerment.

The recordings could have come out better; I neglected to use a pop screen or a wind filter, so I had to manually edit out each recording glitch. Fortunately, due to the poor quality of the equipment in the black box, the glitches were not audible.

Design Analysis

The recordings could have come out better; I neglected to use a pop screen or a wind filter, so I had to manually edit out each recording glitch. Fortunately, due to the poor quality of the equipment in the black box, the glitches were not audible.

The music was incredibly effective at setting the mood. The director led me to some of the music choices, but I did much research to complete the design for the show. However, the show had a fun, nostalgic feel to it rather then the message of female empowerment that the script was originally written to portray; I believe that was the director’s intent.