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he said it

One of the early conversation plays, He Said It. Monologue (1915) immediately poses a problem for readers. While the subtitle implies that it should be voiced by one person, the play consists almost entirely of exchanges between first- and second-persons: it’s clearly written as a dialogue.

In our interpretation of Stein’s play, two women’s voices, Speaker and Hearer, recall and recreate a man’s monologue. The piano offers a musical rendering of this monologue, with the pianist, who is also the Narrator, occasionally commenting on and eventually getting more involved in the process of recreation. The voices are accompanied by lower, quieter subvocalizations that qualify, contradict, or otherwise reinflect what has been said. The play’s genre is distressed comedy.

The recording is 20 minutes.

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credits:

  • Composer: Dave Chokroun
  • Scenario: Adam Frank and Ada Smailbegovic
  • Director: Adam Henderson
  • Sound Engineer: Josh Stevenson
  • Lucia Frangione as Speaker
  • Leanna Brodie as Hearer
  • Dave Chokroun as Narrator, on piano
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  • This recording was made possible by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (File 435-2013-1684).

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