Hit the Body Alarm

Sep 20 – Oct 2, 2016 • Tues – Sat @ 7:30 pm • Sun @ 3:00 pm
Hit the Body Alarm, directed by Winsome Brown and Brad Rouse

Milton’s Paradise Lost bookends two original jail monologues by Brad Rouse and Obie Award-winning performer Winsome Brown.
With music by John Zorn and sound design by Sean Hagerty.

Press releases: Playbill, The New YorkerBroadwayWorldTheaterMania

“The language of Hit The Body Alarm includes an intricate soundscape designed by Sean Hagerty, with recorded music by John Zorn. Winsome Brown, who received her A.B. from Harvard, calls upon her inner Irish storyteller. She records the live text, testing her intonation, warming up with a devil’s chant. Text, drawn from Paradise Lost, is crisp. Poetry recycles from the sound board.”
-Marcina Zaccaria, TheaterPizzazz 

“The sound is designed in front of your eyes as Sean Hagerty creates alchemical electronic wizardry to underscore Brown’s flights of the fantastical.”
-Jacquelyn Claire, NY Theatre Guide

“She’s a spiky actress and an unaccommodating one, who prefers to needle audience members rather than oblige them. Confronted with forbidden fruit, you know she’d take an audacious bite.”
-Alexis Soloski, The New York Times

“Sean Hagerty creates a brilliant soundscape using his own electric violin skills, Foley effects recorded in a looper (which the audience witnesses Brown recording as we enter the theater), compositions by John Zorn, and live electronic manipulation.”
-Rachel Abrams, Theatre is Easy