Direction: Emily Gill

Scenic Design: John Stark

Lighting Design: JM Monticavlo 

Sound Design and Composition: Mark Caspary

The Women of Lockerbie



The Women of Lockerbie by Deborah Brevoort is a play about a mother from New Jersey who roams the hills of Lockerbie, Scotland, looking for her dead son’s remains, which were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103. She meets the Women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the US Government to obtain the clothing and other artifacts of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage.  The play was produced at Illinois State University in 2011, at the Center for Performing Arts a 500-seat proscenium theater. As the sound designer this came to mean composing music to underscore each of the four odes. As well as to create the sounds of the cold desolate hills of Lockerbie. The environment of the set consisted of a stream with real running water.  The sound design worked to balance the volume of the running water by working with the scenic-artist and mixing in synthetic stream sounds at dramatically appropriate moments in the production. We used offstage floor microphones with reverb patched in to the upstage speakers in order to make offstage lines sound distant but audible.  

My Role:

The Ode's  

Lockerbie Ode Medley -
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The play is written in the style of a Greek play with episodes and odes. The ode moments are more surreal and introspective. This is a medley that underscores the three odes “Grief”, “Lockerbie”, and “Faith”. 



Ode 4 "The Washing"

This is the last ode in the play’s final moments. There was no dialoge in this ode, only the sun rising over the Lockerbie hills, symbolizing the catharsis of finally obtaining and washing the clothing of the deceased crash victims in the streams of Lockerbie. This video was shot from the booth. The video will give you a feel of the sound interacting with the lights, and the women washing the clothes in the stream. 

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Photo Credits: Paul Kennedy, Pete Guither, Sky Schmidt,​Debora Robinson