A One Woman Scottish Horror Excursion With Supernatural Foley Looping
Written and Performed by Jody Christopherson
Directed by Isaac Byrne
Sound and Foley Design by Andy Evan Cohen
Lighting Design by Isaac Byrne
Voice Over Acting by Michael de Roos
Dialect Coaching by Chloe Dirksen
featuring the lost music of St Kilda
After the death of her Grandmother, an American woman travels to an abandoned island off the coast of Scotland and unearths a dark family secret, in a world where the past is anything but dead.
This tale of supernatural horror is steeped in Scottish folklore and told in a tradition as ancient as its subject matter. To perform St Kilda, Jody Christopherson tours alone and creates her own sound score, lighting and special effects from stage. With the skills of highly trained musician/technician, she sets up and operates all her own technical equipment. Live sound mixing on an 8 channel board, distortion pedals, a sound looper, sound recordings from the UK, folk singing, foley, clip lights on dimmer switches, a hazer, and an LED hoodie she created all conjure a multi-layered storytelling experience in near darkness.
Foley instruments include a cigar box guitar, violin bows on bowls of water, monochords, pie tins full of salt, kitchen and camping items, and more.
St Kilda is inspired by Christopherson’s Nebraska roots, her Scottish heritage, and the 1930 evacuation of Scotland’s St Kilda. The show features the lost music of the archipelago, discovered in 2016.
St Kilda is made possible with support from The New York Community Trust on behalf of Alexander Sanger
"If you like Laurie Anderson, try St Kilda.”
- Minneapolis Star Tribune
"⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ...creating a chilling atmosphere through light and sound onstage, Christopherson delivers one of the creepiest performances at this years’ Fringe." -- Global News, Canada
"one of the funniest, spookiest experiences I’ve ever had at the theater. With the timing of a seasoned comedian, Christopherson sparkles as a story-teller, breathing exciting new life into this oldest of art-forms. . . exciting, inventive . . . able to inspire fear, sympathy, laughter, and wonder. She’s a visionary in the theater world and legendary story-teller."- The Theatre Times
"a not-so-typical, one-woman performance that completely blew away the audience. . . an amazing sight for the senses. . . enchanting." -Woman About Town
“The most enjoyable evening of theatre we’ve had in a long time . . . imaginative magic . . . a tribute to what Artaud called the “Alchemy” of the theatre.-Travalanche, New York
"Succeeds... brilliantly... otherworldly... skillfully blends the sly mischievous fun of a campfire ghost story with the incantatory eeriness of a Druidic ceremony." -- Beer Tent Reviews, Edmonton
"⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ New York’s Jody Christopherson is a quintuple threat – playwright, actor, master of dialects, singer, and most distractingly impressive: An operator of the dreaded 'looper.'" -- Gig City Canada
“Atmospheric and dreamy, St Kilda is a unique theatrical experience, an uncanny, unsettling story and world of secrets and mystery. Jody Christopherson is an engaging storyteller, and her technical mastery is impressive as she manipulates her microphones, recorders and sound effect props to create this story, a wonderfully magical soundscape.”- Minnesota Theater Love
ISAAC BYRNE (Director ) Isaac has been awarded the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Direction twice and productions he has directed have been nominated for a Drama Desk Award, an Off-Broadway Alliance award, and 29 NYIT awards. Isaac’s touring shows include: Aztec Economy’s Butcher Holler Here We Come, The Other Mozart by Sylvia Milo, AMP by Jody Christopherson and Tar Baby by Desiree Burch
JODY CHRISTOPHERSON ( Writer/ Performer) has been called "a visionary in the theater world and legendary story-teller" (The Theater Times) “a talent to watch, not to mention a pleasure to hear” (Time Out NY) “the ANTITHESIS of the manic pixie dream girl” (Zouch Magazine) and a “Rock Monster” (Brooklyn Rail). Her work has been performed in 28 cities in 6 countries, including Canada, Detroit MI, New Orleans, Key West FL, Miami, Amsterdam, Germany, Lithuania, Australia, New York and has been compared to Margaret Atwood’s writing and Laurie Anderson's music. Her productions have been nominated for 7 Innovative Theater Awards. She is the Artistic Director of New York's so-fi festival. She is orginally from Nebraska.
ANDY EVAN COHEN (Sound and Foley Design) is a NYC-based composer and sound artist. Credits include off-Broadway's Pushkin, If Only, Dear Jane, and In Bed With Roy Cohn; touring productions of Hamlet, Sense & Sensibility, and Our Trojan War (Aquila Theater); The American Soldier(Kennedy Center, The Citadel, and other venues); and many shows off-off-Broadway and regionally. Film: Marty's Shadow, The Mall, Show & Tell Tango (awarded best score at European Independent Cinema Awards). His compositions have been performed by such groups as the Minnesota Orchestra and he has written music for PBS TV and United Nations Radio.
MICHAEL DE ROOS (Voice Over, YFKE) is an Amsterdam based artist who plays Alex de Boer on Amertdam’s long running soap series “Goede Tijden Slechte Tijden” and Detective Simon in Nickelodeon’s “Hunter Street”. He is also a presenter on FOX in Jack-tv’s “Brutale Apen” and for VVN in “Veilige Feitjes”. Michael is a co-founder of the band Greencard Wedding with Jody Christopherson.
CHLOE DIRKSEN (Dialect Coach) holds a BA in Literature and Linguistics from the University of Toronto and studied acting at Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York. Chloë works as an actor and private dialect coach, in person and via Skype.
Oct 22nd & Nov 16th, 2018, Torn Page, New York NY
Dec 13- Jan 6, 2018 So-fi Festival, New York NY
June 6th- 23rd, 2019 So-fi Festival, New York, NY
July 5th, 2019, wellfleet Preservation Hall, Cape Cod MA
August 2019, Edmonton Fringe Festival, Edmonton Alberta, Canada
Oct 15th, 2019, The center at West Park, New York
Jan 10th-12th, 2020, Winter Mini Fest, Orlando FL
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