Hard Times: An American Musical

The Cell Theatre

Hard Times (written by Larry Kirwan of Black 47, directed by Kira Simring and produced by The Cell Theatre, NYC) is an exhilarating interplay of African-American and Irish dance.  Set against a backdrop of NYC draft riots during the Civil War, the cast ebulliently taps away while sweeping the dust off the wonderful songs of Stephen Foster. Sound helped give life to the world outside the playing area, as I used practical speakers to recreate the sonic effect of outdoor riots, implemented by a six-output QLab system.