Here’s a piece I wrote for Stage Directions Magazine on Victoria ‘Toy’ DeIorio’s work on Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s world-premiere production of The Liquid Plain.  An an excerpt for you:


In the early days of rehearsal, Deiorio wrote underscoring and transition pieces without regard for where in the text the music would occur. “I told them that I would just start writing and then we’ll try to plug in where we feel they’re right.” Like the characters in the play, the music was influenced by African, Irish/English and American traditions, and as she wrote and discussed with Kwei-Armah, an aural vocabulary started to emerge for each character. Style, tonality and consonance all began to firm up, and the instrumentation started to coalesce around three instruments: clarinet, violin and mbira (African thumb piano).

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