Original Music, Sound and Projection Design

The Trip to Bountiful

by Horton Foote
Clarence Brown Theatre, University of Tennessee Knoxville 2011

Director: Kate Buckley
Scenic Designer: Michael Ganio
Costume Designer: Joscelyne Oktabetz
Lighting Designer: John Horner
Sound Designer/Composer: Joe Payne

Music composed by Joe Payne ©2014.

"The air by the river. The song of the red bird. The feel of soil in her fingers!  Widow Carrie Watts yearns to return to the small Gulf Coast town of Bountiful, where she grew up and raised her family. When she slips away with her latest pension check, the results are both heartbreaking and life-affirming."

The music was inspired by Edgar Meyer and the Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo-Yo Ma, and based on the hymn "There's Not A Friend Like The Lowly Jesus", which Carrie hums throughout the play.  Projections were designed to capture the gulf haze at sunrise.

The Trip to Bountiful music and fx demo.

The Trip to Bountiful Opener.

The Trip to Bountiful shift to the Houston Bus Station.

The Trip to Bountiful Top Act 2.

Photos by Brynn Yeager