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This was my second design for LAByrinth Theatre Company.  It was a wild ride indeed- but that’s what they’re known for!  It’s a story about 3 half-siblings that share a father.  He’s dying, and they have to come to terms with their relationship to him, each other, and his new girlfriend.

In true LAB style, the cast was absolutely fantastic.  They really carried the show, and our job was to get out of their way.

  • Written by Melissa Ross
  • Directed by Mimi O’Donnell
  • Sets by Lee Savage
  • Costumes by Bobby Frederick Tilley II
  • Sound and Music by Jeremy J Lee
  • Featuring
    • ELIZABETH CANAVAN
    • STEPHEN ELLIS
    • LISA JOYCE
    • MEGAN MOSTYN-BROWN
    • ALFREDO NARCISO
    • DEIRDRE O’CONNELL
    • AARON ROMAN WEINER
    • DAVID ZAYAS

The first half or so of the play was found music and soundscape/ FX which don’t translate terribly well outside of the theatre.  So here’s a couple of the little transition pieces that I wrote for the 2nd half.

Into the Living Room:

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Into the hospital parking lot:

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Into the coffee shop:

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And my favorite outtake of the year so far:

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Burn This

By Lanford Wilson

  • Directed by Pam MacKinnon
  • Sets by Marion Williams
  • Costumes by Theresa Squire
  • Lights by David Lander
  • Sound and Music by Jeremy J Lee
  • Produced at the Juilliard School

This was a fun show to revisit.  The first show I ever worked on in NY was Jim Houghton’s production at the Union Square Theatre in 2002.  We came to NYC that summer to visit friends, and ended up staying for a few months to see if it was a place we could be comfortable living.  We fell even more in love with the city, and moved here as soon as we could.

In 2002, I was the assistant designer to Rob Kaplowitz.  This time I wrote all of the music, which was a great time and challenge.  Pam and I decided on jazz as a medium.  The play is about friendship, grief, love, and the crazy tumble of passion.  But mostly about recovering from the loss of a friend and brother.  But we didn’t want to wallow in sentimentality.  We wanted to be interesting, but not get in the way of the story.  I think we did that.



Top of Show

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Trans Sc 1 to 2

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Trans Sc 2 to 3

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End Act 1

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Top Act 2 (New Year’s Eve)

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Trans II-1 to 2

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Trans II-2 to 3

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Trans II-3 to 4

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End of Play

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

By Luis Alfaro

  • Directed by Tracy Young
  • Sets by Robert Brill
  • Costumes by Nephelie Andonyadis
  • Lights by Russell Champa
  • Sound & Music by Jeremy J Lee
  • Produced at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Bill Rauch Artistic Director

This is a play about addiction.  It’s a play about family.  It’s a play about love, understanding and acceptance.  It’s a play about loyalty and escape.  It’s a play about Snow Balls (“They’re fluffy cakes!”).

The music was inspired by Robert Brill’s fantastic set:

This set gave me the opportunity to have fun with the musical landscape of the piece.  I found myself singing into my sampler, and playing myself back on the keyboard.  I also found myself playing guitar on a show for the first time in years.  It really was a lot of fun.  Enjoy the following clips:


Top of the show

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Alice’s Entrance

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Night time at home

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Minerva Underscore

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Coitus Interruptus

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Confronting Freddie

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2nd Act Minerva & Al

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Misery by Stephen King, adapted by Simon Moore

  • Directed by Emma Griffin
  • Sets by Felix Cochren
  • Costumes by Jessica Trejos
  • Lights by Mark Barton
  • Sound & Music by Jeremy J. Lee
  • Produced by Syracuse Stage, Tim Bond Artistic Director

OK- so we all know the story of Misery. You get a writer of romantic fiction into a car crash, and have him saved by his “Number One Fan”. She turns out to be his savior and tormentor at the same time. Everyone remembers the “hobbling” scene with Kathy Bates.

But it turns out that this story makes for some pretty good theatre as well. I used Brahms’ String Sextet No 1 as “Misery’s Theme”, and manipulated the music throughout the play. We also got to play with some wonderful psychological sound design elements.

Misery’s Theme

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Reading Misery

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Misery’s Christmas

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Top of Act 2

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Water Music and Chapters

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Also, a shout out to the props department, that let me do this to their typewriter. I spent about 20 minutes bashing this into various things to get the right sound for the last fight. Fantastic!

The press also seemed to like it-

Lighting designer Mark Barton and sound designer Jeremy J. Lee pull out all the stops for the climactic scene in the second act of Misery…

In terms of production values, Misery is a Syracuse Stage landmark, among the most outstanding of recent years. Mark Barton’s lighting and Jeremy J. Lee’s sound design are important supporting players, and Jessica Trejos’ costume design reveals unspoken elements in Annie’s autobiography.

Syracuse New Times


Jeremy J. Lee’s sound designs call for special mention. They are almost a third character, creating the world outside the house that Paul cannot get to.

Syracuse Post Standard


… Mark Barton’s lighting and Jeremy J Lee’s sound really took the mood-creating cake here, with the freaky flickering lamps, the thunder and lightning, the weird buzzing reminiscent of backyard bug-lights.

House Lights on Syracuse.com

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Distracted Logo

Distracted by Lisa Loomer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

  • Directed by Liz Diamond
  • Sets by Robert Brill
  • Costumes by Ilona Somogyi
  • Lights by Christopher Akerlind
  • Sound & Music by Jeremy J Lee
  • Projections by Peter Flaherty

Distracted is a play about a family with ADD. The child (Jesse) is the one that is diagnosed with ADD, but the whole family, and the entire community that they live in suffer from it.

The entire play is from the mother’s perspective, molding the world around her in order to tell her story. At times she loses control of her own story, and at others she is distracted by the technology of everyday life- Instant Messaging, Cell Phones, CNN, Google, Zappos.com and Ritalin can definitely take a toll on a family.

Here are some excerpts from the sound design for the play:

Opening Cue

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(James Edson as Jesse)


Transition Scene 7

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Leaving the Shrink

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Mom confronts her fears

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Jesse’s Dance (transcribed from Eminem’s Mockingbird, with samples from MIA’s PULL UP THE PEOPLE (iTunes Links)

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