Performed by the composer
Preview orchestrations here.
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.