Webcast sponsored by Yamaha
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | 2PM ET / 11AM PT

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about race and justice in the South, To Kill A Mockingbird is a classic of modern American literature. It has now been made into a compelling play, which premiered at The Shubert Theatre on Broadway in December 2018. “The play has three different worlds: One is the world of the storytelling, of the adult versions of the kids who were looking back and telling a story from the memory of their childhoods. Then there's the courtroom drama, and then there's the actual experiences of the kids in the family, at the time, on the front porch of their house,” says sound designer Scott Lehrer, who is nominated for a 2019 Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Play.

“I wanted to make that sonic world of the porch come alive for the audience. So I went down to Monroeville, Alabama, which is where Harper Lee is from and is the inspiration for the fictional town of Macomb in the story,” adds Lehrer. “I spent three days there last summer and recorded early morning, morning, afternoon, evening, and night sounds. It was important to me to have materials that were not just generic sounds, but specific from the place, and use those in all of the family scenes.”

During this webcast, sound designer Scott Lehrer discusses:
  • Sound design for the hit play, To Kill A Mockingbird on Broadway
  • The choice of sound gear, from the audio console to loudspeakers, and microphones
  • How the sound design team coordinates 24 actors on radio microphones
  • Use of innovative control software

Moderator: Ellen Lampert-Gréaux – creative director, Live Design & LDI

Presenter: Scott Lehrer, sound designer

Scott Lehrer received the first Tony awarded to sound for the Lincoln Center Theater revival of South Pacific. Recent theatre work includes King Lear with Glenda Jackson, Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding in Delhi India, Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, the Broadway revival of Carousel, Richard Nelson’s Illyria, and Apple and Gabriel Family Plays at the Public Theater, Hello Dolly with Bette Midler, The Front Page, Chicago, Shuffle Along, Fiddler on the Roof, Dames at Sea, The King and I, Living on Love, Honeymoon in Vegas, A Delicate Balance, A Raisin in the Sun, Lucky Guy, Chaplin (Drama Desk Award) and Mike Nichols’ productions of Death of a Salesman and Betrayal. He has also designed over 50 NY City Center’s Encores. Recording projects include the Broadway cast recording of An American in Paris (Grammy nom), Loudon Wainwright’s Grammy winning High, Wide, and Handsome, Bebe Neuwirth’s Porcelain and Meredith Monk’s mercy. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, he was faculty at Bennington College from 2001 until 2013 and now teaches at Hunter College.

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