is a theatrical sound piece that has been in development for over four
years. The most current version of Fern was created in 2002 at Engine
27's 16 Channel Sound Gallery in New York City. Before this, Fern was
presented at various stages of its evolution in Seattle (1998), San Francisco
(1999-2004), and in New York City (2003).
The piece represents a surreal fairy tale that deconstructs through time. As it melts away, its characters are left wandering through a skeletal dreamscape.
In the end, only occasional memories remain amidst a stark and mysterious
landscape. Music, sound effects, and dislocated text are used to create
an image- rich language. The piece is based on the voice, melding song,
gibberish, and unknown dialects to invoke comical, emotional, and sometimes
The soundscape includes layered, found sound recordings of walking, bells, the chopping of wood, and chain saws, as well as cello, piano and musical saw.
takes place in a forest dreamt of by the Narrator who studies Fern's three
characters as they wander through her dream.