Today is My Birthday Page 73’s world premiere of Susan Stanton’s play, Today Is My Birthday , directed by Kip Fagan, runs through December 23 at the New Ohio Theatre in New York City. The lead character, Emily, stumbles into a gig as an actor on a shock-jock radio dating show, and finds herself strangely determined to turn fantasy into reality, with the story told through a playful mixture of phone calls, voicemails, and live radio spots. The writer and director developed the play in conjunction with sound designer, Palmer Hefferan . During the performance, she creates all of the sound cues live, in full view of the audience, sitting in a sound booth. Every noise in the play is made in the booth, from the typical sound cues of phones ringing and music playing, to the sound of people rifling through drawers or flipping through magazines—the cast rarely carries actual props. Live Design chats with Hefferan on this unusual take on sound design. Live Design: In designing the sound for this play, how did you approach the script, given the large number of cues, and are the cues called for specifically or did you develop them after reading […]