Creating the sounds in the next room, Part 1

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Actors in rehearsal. Torston Hillhouse, Christina Apathy, and director Carolyn Howarth during rehearsal.

The play in rehearsal. Actors Torston Hillhouse and Christina Apathy in conversation with director Carolyn Howarth.

Theatre is an amazing collaboration among artists–not just playwrights, directors, and actors. Here’s a note from our sound designer, Lucy Peckham about the music she composed for In the Next Room, or the vibrator play.

“As a composer, each show presents a unique challenge. For In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, the three pieces of music heard within the play express the emotional evolution of a character receiving treatments for her hysteria. The first is child-like, the second, heartfelt, and the third, bittersweet. The playwright indicates that the music is “made up” by the character. I wrote all three pieces for piano, and they are played for the show by Mischa Shimek and Rob Cohen on piano, Michael Sakarias on Hammer Dulcimer, and by me on my computer on pipe organ and synth harp. The music of the preshow, intermission and post show walkout are solo piano works from the great composers of the late 19th and very early 20th Century.”


Here is an excerpt of the second piece in the play, “A Sad Little Tune #2” composed by Lucy Peckham, and performed by Rob Cohen.

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