In the winter of 2008 Audacity Theatre Lab commissioned playwrights from around the country for a unique radio theatre project. They were given unfettered freedom to respond to a simple phrase:
"For one week in the middle of the summer a giant eye appears in the sky over the city. At the end of seven days it disappears as suddenly as it had originally materialized..."
Audacity received submissions from members of 13P, New Dramatists, Austin Script Works, as well as from a host of local writers.
Pieces poured in from a host of cities all over the country including Dallas (Vicki Caroline Cheatwood, John Flores, Jeff Swearingen, Jeff Hernandez), Austin (Jason Tremblay, Zach Gonzales, Chris Humphrey), Chicago (Andy Eninger), Brooklyn and New York (Crystal Skillman, Gary Winter, Daniel Talbott, Ben Walker Sampson, Chris Alonzo, James Comtois, Ken Urban, Erin Courtney), Philadelphia (Greg Romero) and Evansville, Indiana (Mark Rigney). All very original, idiosyncratic and wonderful.
Recording, engineering and posting of the six episodes lasted from 2009 to 2012. The project was puzzle-pieced in around other, larger projects and was a complete labor of love. ATL's Brad McEntire curated and directed the project. Kitchen Dog Theater member John Flores stepped in to record all the dialogue of each episode. Chris Humphrey of Austin, Texas' Red House Arts composed original music and engineered each episode. The Undermain Theatre very kindly donated space for recording.
Best of all, some of the most awesome actors in the Dallas area lent their vocal talents to the project. A small sampling would include Jeff Schmidt, Christie Vela, Bryan Pitts, Jeff Swearingen, Lydia Mackay, Oscar Contreras, Scott Milligan, Whitney Holotik and John Flores.
Now we want to release the pieces to the world. So we're giving out CDs. In the meantime, you can, of course, hear them online, too: http://soundcloud.com/audacity-theatrelab
Audacity, alongside Nouveau 47 Theatre, will host an official "CD Release Party" for the project. Come listen to some amazing works, celebrate this unique project and get a free CD.
EYE IN THE SKY CD RELEASE PARTY
WHEN: Monday, June 18 at 8 PM
WHERE: At Nouveau 47 Theatrein the historic Magnolia Lounge (Margo Jones Building), Fair Park, 1121 First Ave., Dallas, TX 75210.
COST: FREE! (Though a Pay-What-You-Can donation is always welcomed).
More information about the EYE IN THE SKY PROJECT visit: http://audacitytheatrelab.blogspot.com/search/label/Eye%20In%20The%20Sky