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"Stamped out by... atonal sounds by David Graves."

     - Ryan Lattanzio, Daily Californian

Mark Jackson directed Shotgun Players' production of Mary Stuart. Work began in December 2009, long before the first rehearsals. This extensive preliminary effort resulted in explicit ideas for its sound design; every rehearsal had sound cues and it truly influenced the actors' work. It opened in October 2010 for an extended run. Here are some sound samples from the play, as well as excerpts from reviews:

 

"David Graves' music/sound design -- no Disney music here! -- accents and shapes certain moments,
and by extension, the play itself... It's a pleasure to witness him becoming a good theater composer,
as specialized in its own way as film composer.

- Ken Bullock, The Berkeley Daily Planet

"The sound design of David Graves shakes your nerves and rattles your brain like a freight train
in the night. Doors close with a boom, the pews of Shotgun's Ashby Stage quake, and the sounds
of terror begin as thrilling, but by repetition, become jarring. Nobody sleeps through this play."

- John A. McMullen II, The Berkeley Daily Planet

"A clock ticks petulantly in the background. The whole set is an extension of Mary's psychology."

- Rachel Swan, East Bay Express