Director and Steppenwolf Theatre Company co-founder Terry Kinney is turning a performance by indie rockers Other Lives into a theater work for this fall’s Next Wave Festival, a signature program of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Conceived by Kinney with Rebecca Habel, Reconfiguration: An Evening With Other Lives will have its world premiere October 9 and 10 at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House.
Other Lives members Jesse Tabish, Jonathon Mooney, Josh Onstott, Daniel Hart, and Danny Reisch will perform songs from their most recent album, “Rituals,” along with previous releases, while Kinney crafts an audio-visual narrative inspired by the band’s cinematic music, according to BAM.
“We wanted to work with a band that should be, but perhaps isn’t, a household name yet,” Kinney said of the project. “We wanted to create a large palette for them to work with, where they might otherwise be used to smaller venues. This is a band with a lush, evocative, full sound; their music is full of theater. Each of them plays multiple instruments and they loop together layers in a way that feels orchestral. Their music can build to a huge swell, or be as intimate as a voice and a piano. Other Lives created pictures in my head—we are simply trying to create those for our audience.”
Reconfiguration features set design by Frank McCullough (Associate Scenic Designer, An American In Paris, Hedwig And The Angry Inch), lighting by Ben Stanton (Fun Home, Sufjan Stevens), projections by Daniel Brodie (Disney’s Aladdin, Bonnaroo festival), sound design by Drew Levy (Honeymoon In Vegas) and original drawings by Matt Huynh. Presented in a thematic, three-act structure, the production encompasses scenic elements, animated illustrations, video, and multiple-surface projections.