Music Professor Nominated for Ovation Award

By Christine Kitano, Student Intern of CHASS College Computing
October 24, 2005

Tim Labor

Dr. Tim Labor, Assistant Professor of Music, has been nominated for an L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award for his work with the Open Fist Theatre Company on the sound design for Papa.

The L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Awards were established in 1989 and are Southern California’s premier awards for excellence in theatre. Held annually every November, they are L.A.’s only peer judged theatre awards and exemplify the best that L.A.’s theatre has to offer.

“Just to be nominated, however, is some honor,” said Dr. Labor, “and it puts this particular aspect of my professional work in the company of the designers at Boston Court, Mark Taper, Ahmanson, the Colony, Actors Gang, Evidence Room, and others…”

Papa was written by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist John DeGroot and revolves around the life of Ernest Hemingway. The one-man play exposes an evening with the author as he is interviewed by reporters. The sound design for Papa involves almost no music. Instead, as the 2-act play progresses, the sound of the unseen reporters’ flashbulbs escalates and transforms into the sound of outside thunder, climaxing with Hemingway’s conversation with God. Dr. Labor began working with the Open Fist Theatre Company in 1999 and has since worked on music composition and sound design for many of their projects.

Dr. Labor earned his Ph.D in Music Composition in 1995 at the University of California, San Diego. He is the recipient of a variety of student awards for classical music composition and was nominated for Best Original Music Composition for Paul Mullin’s American Book of the Dead: The Game Show. Dr. Labor has worked on sound design for numerous theatre projects with the Open Fist Theatre Company, Circle-X, and Mira Costa High School. Last spring, the UCR Orchestra premiered his original composition Howl and Hunt. Dr. Labor’s current projects include the sound design for Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night with Mira Costa High School and music composition for Never Say Macbeth, a comedy feature to be premiered November 18.

The Ovation Awards Ceremony will be held November 14, 2005 at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.

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