This week, we play an episode of The Truth, Jonathan Mitchell’s collaboration with New York’s Magnet Theater; they’re dedicated to making audio fiction the likes of which you’ve never heard. It’s intimate, it’s internal, and it’s cinematic, all at once.
Motivated by an improv style and by Mitchell’s 15 years as a public radio documentarian, The Truth is produced in a manner halfway between a sketch comedy show and a segment of Radiolab (where Jonathan worked as a producer). Today, you’ll hear “The Man in the Barn”, written by and starring The Truth regular and Magnet Theater highlight Louis Kornfeld; the piece was produced on location in Kilfinane, County Limerick, Ireland, during the 2015 HearSay Festival.
Stick around after the piece to listen to a conversation between me and Jonathan Mitchell, as we talk about experimental music, sound art, and cinema.
A very special thank you this week to Eli McIlveen of Alba Salix, Royal Physician for graciously substituting in as a producer while Matt and Monique get ready to ship their boy Javert off to college. You’re the best, Eli!