Will Butler Scores New Play About "the Agony and the Ecstasy of Creation"

David Adjmi's 'Stereophonic' follows a young rock band on the cusp of superstardom

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished May 11, 2023

Will Butler has composed music for a new theatre production following a rock band on the cusp of superstardom, teetering between breakup and breakthrough.

The former Arcade Fire member has written original material for Stereophonic, a play written by David Adjmi and directed by Daniel Aukin set to premiere in New York this October as part of Playwrights Horizons' next season.

An abstract for Stereophonic reads as follows:

David Adjmi's Stereophonic zooms in on a music studio in the mid-1970s, where an up-and-coming rock band recording a new album finds itself suddenly on the cusp of superstardom. Will the ensuing pressures spark their breakup — or their breakthrough? Featuring original music by Arcade Fire's Will Butler, this intimate, electric play mines the agony and the ecstasy of creation.

Butler announced he had quit Arcade Fire in March 2022, teasing his involvement in Adjmi's play in a statement while writing of his departure, "There was no acute reason beyond that I've changed — and the band has changed — over the last almost 20 years. Time for new things."

That August, Butler's brother and former bandmate Win Butler was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple people.

This past March, Butler shared new material with backing band Sister Squares. He's due to play Hillside Festival 2023 in Guelph, ON, this July.

A post shared by Will Butler (@butlerwills)

Latest Coverage