Charles Ruas interviews Meredith Monk about the adaptation of her opera Quarry for radio. Meredith Monk is an American composer, singer, director and choreographer who is a pioneer in what is now called interdisciplinary performance. The theater piece Quarry was first performed at the off-Broadway theater, La MaMa, in New York. The story is about the rise of dictatorship through the eyes of a child. Ruas and Monk discuss the difference between the live and radio performance, as well as her experience with creating the show. Reel 1 of this program features the interview, Reel 2 contains the performance. IZ1147B, which is a dub, was formerly cataloged as IZ0076.02. The master copy of IZ1147B is currently not held by the Archives.
Cast: Child: Meredith Monk. Maid: Coco Pekilis. The Woman: Lanny Harrison. Old couple: Lee Nagrin, Pablo Vela. The Old Testament Couple: Tone Blevins, Daniel Ira Sverdlik. The Three Women: Gail Turner, Mary Schultz, Monica Moseley. The Weather Report: Lanny Harrison. The Announcer: Pablo Vela. Radio singer: Meredith Monk. The King and Queen: Lanny Harrison, Ping Chong. The Dictator: Ping Chong. Chorus: Jeanne Hutchins, Paula Kellinger, John Miglietta, Andrea Goodman, Monica Solem, Tom Wilkinson, Susan Kampe, Margot Corrigan, Avi Davis, Ellen Goldsmith, Gail Simon, Anne Hammel, Paul Langland, Ann Gentry, Laura Tierney, Amy Schwartzman, Joshua Sippen, Jim Kelly, Chris Small, Cathy Zimmerman, Sarah Chapelle, Eli Pollack, John Bernd, Andrea Levine, Erika Cohen, Mabbie Buck, Gaynor Cote. Organists: Steve Lockwood, Meredith Monk, Andrea Goodman. Technical direction by Peter Zanger, David Rapkin, Margaret Mercer, Bill O'Neill and Burt Grossman. This program was funded by the New York State Council on the Arts.
This recording has been digitally preserved as part of Pacifica's American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 grant preservation project, and is available for research and reference . Please contact the archives via telephone: 818-506-1077 or email: americanwomen at pacificaradioarchives dot org for information on how to obtain a copy of this program. Thank you.