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The modular synthesizer, played by Wes Kline, plays a major role in the piece. Photo: Joel Hurd
The modular synthesizer, played by Wes Kline, plays a major role in the piece. Photo: Joel Hurd

Listen: "Now at the Uncertain Hour" at Edwards Opera House

On Friday, NCPR, with Square Top Theatre and St. Lawrence University, presented "Now at the Uncertain Hour" a new theatre piece written by Damon Falke and directed by Charlie Pepiton (learn more about the piece in this interview with the show's creative team, on NCPR.)

According to
the show's web site, "Now at the Uncertain Hour" "takes the audience on a journey through the landscape of a soldier's memory as a collector attempts to make sense of what will be left behind. The show asks: in the midst of the relentless currents of time, what can we take hold of that will go on, that will not be lost? The stories blend with the sounds of old time banjo and modular synthesizer to create a unique listening experience."

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"A mosaic of memoirs derived from interviews conducted throughout rural America, the program is a theatrical dialogue of these stories and original music for live performance, streaming video, and broadcast radio in which the characters give pause in an ordinary world in an effort save what is nearly gone.

"The program features characters speaking from both historical and contemporary perspectives, live music for clawhammer banjo and modular synthesizer, and projected video. The piece is a multi-format experience, to be simultaneously seen and heard by a live audience at Edwards Opera House in rural Edwards, New York, by listeners of NCPR throughout the North Country and Adirondack regions of the state and into southern Ontario and western Vermont, and worldwide through streaming online video."

Listen to the complete performance recorded Friday, May 9 at the Edwards Opera House:


Written by Damon Falke
Directed by Charles M Pepiton
Banjo by Camilla Ammirati
Modular Synthesizer by Wes Kline
The Collector: Megan MacDonald
The Soldier: Sean T. O’Brien

"Now at the Uncertain Hour" was presented with funds provided through New York Council for the Humanities.

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