Have you ever listened to a song and felt like it was telling your story?
A few years ago, I became obsessed with the rock group Steely Dan. I’d obsessed over rock bands before, but this time it was a very specific kind of obsession: I was convinced that Steely Dan could help make sense out of a lost friendship... and possibly answer the eternal questions of humanity. The songs, the lyrics, and even the lives of the band members seemed to hold secrets that, if unlocked, would lead me to enlightenment.
I decided to channel my obsession into a piece of theater. I wanted to share the story with an audience in an intimate, straightforward way. A solo storytelling performance seemed the perfect format. I approached my longtime collaborator and trusted friend Becca Wolff, and she agreed to develop the script with me and direct the show.
We developed the show in the spring of 2013, and in June of that year, No Static At All had its world premiere at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. The show was a hit with audiences and critics, and was honored as Best Solo Performance of the festival.
In September 2013, No Static At All performed at the Seattle Fringe Festival. Again the show was met with great audience feedback. The Seattle Times named it one of the festival's top things to see. Jerry Kraft at SeattleActor.com called the show “brilliant.”
The show's performance at the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival was met with great reviews and sold-out houses. Time Out New York gave the show a five-star review, calling it "a stunning solo show."
No Static At All has evolved with each production. In Hollywood, the stage was set with a desk and chair, reminiscent of a Spaulding Gray monologue. In Seattle, we switched the desk out for a setup that more resembled a vinyl enthusiast’s listening room. When the show traveled to New York, we went further with the listening room concept, bringing on board Michael Locher (scenic design) and Jiyoun Chang (lighting) to help us create a stage environment that immersed the audience in the world of a music freak, determined to find secrets buried in the grooves of his record collection.
For now, the show is taking a little rest, but there may be more in store for No Static. Keep listening...