The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui


About the Sound Design

Manipulation, deception, betrayal, and most of all corruption. These words describe the epitome of Arturo’s actions in 1930 Chicago. The city was vulnerable and Arturo found the opportunity to undermine authority for control. The show encompasses the bitter truth that many people do not stand up for what they know to be right, and in this case, the choice between right and wrong involved very steep trade-offs.

Every choice results in a complimentary soundscape to accent the severity and shifting tone of the world. This places the audience into the heart of the stories repercussions as we journey into a cascade of deceit, while featuring a hyper-realistic world of sound to help exaggerate the underlying satirical comedy in the story.


Soundscape Examples

The horse race broadcast in scene 3 played through small speaker on stage that actors would listen to and react to incoming calls regarding racing bets.

Dogsborough's country house is a perfect example of two extremes of location changing to exaggerate the situation. In scene 4 the atmosphere is more of a surreal farmhouse, where the cows slowly wander back and forth in the pastures outside and the neighbors dog barks at them. The wind blows through the grassy pastures and rings wind chimes on the front porch. In comparison, by scene 9 Dogsborough's life and good name is worth nothing anymore. This is represented in the dark painful winds that carry the cries of the neighbor dog across the barren pastures.

Scene 14 features a nightmare that torments the dreams of Arturo himself. This ghastly storm carries allusions of the past event where Arturo murders his good friend and partner in crime Roma in a cold damp rain garage.


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