Hear We Go
In an increasingly populated world, we find ourselves inextricably connected. Hear We Go tells the story of one Mime and one Foley Artist who find themselves in an interdimensional struggle. At first, the boundary between them is solid. One reality silent and invisible, the other tangible and cacophonous. Each is only leading their own lives, but what happens when the barrier between them begins to crack? Can they set things right again, or will chaos rule?
Hear We Go was a devised piece of theatre created before COVID-19 by MFA theatre students Erin Alys and Connor Graham. During the summer of 2020, the actors were unable to tour the piece at fringe festivals, so they brought on a Director and Cinematographer to adapt it into a short film. Through filming, they continued to develop the story, refine techniques, and learned how to adapt a theatre piece to a 2D medium. Now, with greater understanding of the spread and prevention of COVID-19, they're re-staging a live performance of Hear We Go within masked and socially distanced parameters. Theatre makers are now learning how to edit, design, write and more because they have been forced to work differently than ever before. Erin and Connor hope you enjoy this project however you choose to encounter it; though the Summer 2020 film, live in an audience of small numbers, live streamed through Hybrid Arts Lab, or all of the above!
A live performance of Hear We Go will be livestreamed on February 13 at 7:00PM. RSVP or Watch here.
Hear We Go - The Movie
Erin Alys and Connor Graham were accepted to tour Hear We Go to the 2020 Boulder International Fringe Festival in Boulder, CO. Unfortunately, due to COVD-19, they were unable to physically travel to Boulder. They decided to remain in the festival by adapting the play to film with the help of three other Ohio State MFAs, Jessica Hughes (Director), Jacob Athyal (Camera Operator and Editor), and Mohan Fitzgerald (Music and Sound Design). The film was funded through crowdsourced donations, and all of the money from ticket sales was donated to The Okra Project.
The Making of Hear We Go
This mini-documentary catalogs Erin and Connor's journey to devise this piece of theatre. From sharing for feedback, to live performance, to film adaption, and now back to live performance—the medium shifts have kept them on their toes!
Interview with Erin Alys and Connor Graham
Performance Credits: HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, RABBIT HOLE, OUR TOWN, WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING, DROWSY CHAPERONE, A CHRISTMAS STORY, CABARET, GUYS AND DOLLS (SLO Repertory Theatre); WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (Cambria Center for the Arts); BAREFOOT IN THE PARK (Pewter Plough Playhouse); HORS D'OEUVRES (The Sherry North Hollywood); TWELVE ANGRY JURORS (AMDA Los Angeles).
Fight Director: BONNETS: HOW LADIES OF GOOD BREEDING ARE INDUCED TO MURDER [Premier Production], HER NAKED SKIN (Ohio State University); SHAKESPEARE'S BLOODY DEED (Abbey Theatre).
Erin Alys is a third-year MFA Acting student at the Ohio State University where her performance credits include, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Puck), HER NAKED SKIN, (Eve), NO ANSWERS: AN EPIDEMIC ART PEOJECT (Devised), ONCE UPON THE OVAL (Devised), and HEAR WE GO (Devised). Erin Alys is a member of SAFD (The Society of American Fight Directors, NAIP (The National Alliance of Intimacy Professionals), and SETC (Southeastern Theatre Conference).
BFA: AMDA College of the Performing Arts // erinalys.com
Performer: STUPID FUCKING BIRD (ART/WNY; Broadway World Award, Best Actor in a Play), THE FULL MONTY and ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (Subversive Theatre; ARTIE Award nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play), DESIGN FOR LIVING and THE YEATS PROJECT (Irish Classical Theatre Co.), OVER THE TAVERN (Kavinoky Theatre), FREE FRED BROWN! (Ujima Theatre Co.), JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK (Theatre of Youth), and TUESDAY NIGHT MAGIC (P3 Magic Theatre).
Director: VOTES FOR WOMEN! (Kingfisher Theatre; Best of Rochester nomination, Best Production) and THE GLASS MENAGERIE (University at Buffalo; KCACTF nomination).
Connor is a third-year MFA Acting student at the Ohio State University where his performance credits include, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (Christopher), A MIDUSMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Demetrius), ARE YOU NOW OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN… (David Schine), ONCE UPON THE OVAL (Devised), NO ANSWERS: AN EPIDEMIC ART PROJECT (Devised), and the premiere of his new-works, HEAR WE GO and 2020 VISION: MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE. Connor is a member of ATHE, ATME, and VASTA.
BFA: University at Buffalo // connorjamesgraham.com