‘Voicescapes’ audio theater coming to Easton

Six friends on a long bus ride in 2012 decided to form an audio theater company. They were all professional actors, directors, and audio technicians, they all lived in New York and Connecticut, and they all shared a love of audio theater.

The group expanded to eight people, became Voicescapes Audio Theater, and they will be performing an original 90-minute show at the Jesse Lee United Methodist Church in Easton on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m..

The show consists of short plays, both comedy and drama, that are performed with scripts, enhanced by live and recorded sound effects.

When you see the show in person you get a fully realized and unique theatrical experience. You see the actors “acting” and live sound effects being created.

A theater critic, Cynthia Allen, of Outer Critics Circle and Modern Theater Online, called the Voicescapes show “A night to remember. Excellent writing and performances. A unique type of humor that audiences will carry with them when they leave.”

The short plays have a wide range of subject matter, but all seem to resonate with audiences; a couple’s misadventures driving through the countryside of France with their GPS, the logistical difficulties of kidnapping someone in New York City, a day in the future when a woman wakes up to find her world … not quite right. They are funny, clever and thought provoking.

Two members of the Voicescapes’ company, my husband Tom Curley and I, are Easton residents. We live on land that my father bought in 1933 and that I spent summers on until I moved here full time with my ex-husband and two children in 1990.

Tom, now semi-retired, was an audio technician and director with CBS News in New York City for 40 years. Together we write most of the material which Voicescapes  puts up on our website and performs. Tom also acts in and directs many of the pieces and creates the recorded sound effects for everything.

Three other Voicescapes members have won numerous audio awards for audio book reading and producing. One member, Barbara Rosenblatt, has appeared on Broadway and she recently played the role of “Ms. Rosa” on TV in “Orange is the New Black.”

For an interesting and thoroughly enjoyable evening, come to the Voicescapes Audio Theater performance at the Jesse Lee Church, 25 Flat Rock Road, Saturday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. After the show there will be a brief question-and-answer period with the cast, audio engineers and writers. Homemade baked goods will be offered in the church hall for a small donation. To reserve a seat, go to Jesselee.org. and click on the link on the first page. Tickets will also be available at the door and the suggested donation is $15.

If you have any questions, call the church at 203-372-8250. In the meantime, learn more about Voicescapes and its members by going to their website, Voicescapesaudiotheater.com, where you can also listen to their recorded pieces, some of which will be performed live on Jan. 9.