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Collage Productions

Sign of the Times

by Jeff Helgeson

The music that has been composed by Clayton Horath for Sign of The Times was designed as a chamber piece for fourteen musicians. Like the play itself, the music seeks to explore the issue of the use of allusion in an era when everything is derivative and yet nothing is thought to be referential. Sections of the composition are: “Future Shock,” “The Question Why?”, “The Vicious Circle as God”, “The Seduction of Unreason,” and “Now-morrow Dawns.”

From the Prologue of this verse play by Jeff Helgeson, from the beginning, or even before the beginning, from what anticipates and thus exceeds the beginning, one thing is clear: this is a play that raises many issues and yet, paradoxically, is about nothing. Not, it should be noted, about absolute nothing, or absolutely nothing—as though something, such as a beginning, could come from absolutely nothing—but rather about nothing as it surrounds every something, first enabling the present moment, the presence of each and every thing, now, here and now, for just a moment.

  • Performed by
  • Brian Boller
  • Nora Byrd
  • McKenna Liesman
  • 7 p.m. Sunday, February 1
  • 7 p.m. Sunday, February 8