"Edmond, the son of Gloucester, comes onstage with an iPod," says Stephanie Robinson, composer for the San Diego Repertory's production of King Lear. Robinson, a Ph.D. candidate in music composition at UCSD, has been working on the score since October. "Almost all of it is prerecorded and is vocal, with my voice digitally altered. There's some sampled percussion. The only live piece is for the flute, played by one of the actors."
The character of the Fool, played by Armin Shimerman (best known as Quark in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), does sing.
King Lear opens at the San Diego Rep tomorrow, March 25, and runs through April 17.