Roger AndersonPre-orchestration demos

Performed by the composer

Preview orchestrations here.

Lee GoldsmithFrom the Playwright

Abe is written for a simple, open and easily re-configured scenic design that allows for speedy transitions from scene to scene. The symbolic and literal idea of construction is interesting to us as suggested in Scene 2 where the set is assembled or finished during “Fifteen Houses” with similar scenic fulfillment throughout Act One; deconstruction being illustrated during Act Two. Abe and Mary should be in as stark a setting as possible in the final moments of the play, accompanied by the unresolved musical Processional Theme. In addition, the two non-speaking African-American dancers should be utilized throughout the play as practical participants and symbolic witnesses to events.