Small Mouth Sounds

Small Mouth Sounds

June 6, 2018

[slideshow_deploy id=’8467′]One of the New York Times’ Top Ten Plays of 2015! Six strangers in search of serenity meet at a wellness retreat for what they all hope will be a life-changing five-day experience in this hit Off-Broadway comedy by Bess Wohl. In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, they attempt to abandon technology and observe a vow of silence while being guided by an unseen guru, who challenges them to confront internal demons and seek peace. Though it employs very little dialogue, there is definitely nothing quiet about Small Mouth Sounds, a luminous and compassionate new play that asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us.

RUN TIME: Approx. 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission.

CONTENT ADVISORY: Mature themes and brief nudity.


Marianna Bassham* … The Teacher
Kerry A. Dowling* … Joan
Celeste Oliva* … Judy
Gigi Watson … Alicia
Nael Nacer* … Ned
Sam Simahk* … Rodney
Barlow Adamson* … Jan

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BESS WOHL’s plays include Small Mouth Sounds (Top Ten of 2015 in The New York Times, The Guardian, New York Post, and others), American Hero, Barcelona, Touched, In, Cats Talk Back, and the original musical Pretty Filthy, the latter developed in collaboration with Michael Friedman and The Civilians (Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Musical). In addition, her play Continuity was recently developed at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre as part of the New Stages Festival, and her play Make Believe debuts this fall at Hartford Stage.

Ms. Wohl also writes for film and television, and her film Irreplaceable You premiered on Netflix in February of 2018. She won an Athena Award for her original screenplay Virginiaand her screenplay In was included on Hollywood’s Black List of best scripts. She has also developed original television projects for HBO, ABC, USA, FOX, and others.

In 2015, Ms. Wohl won the Sam Norkin special Drama Desk Award for “establishing herself as an important voice in New York theatre, and for having a breakthrough year.”

She is an associate artist with The Civilians, an alumna of Ars Nova’s Play Group, and the recipient of new play commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club, Hartford Stage, and Lincoln Center.

In her previous life as an actress, Ms. Wohl appeared onstage in New York and regionally, and in numerous films and TV shows where she has given birth, solved crimes, committed crimes, been wrongly accused, and come back from the dead.

She is a graduate of Harvard and the Yale School of Drama.

Production Team

Scenic Design by Cristina Todesco**
Costume Design by Mary Lauve
Lighting Design by Annie Wiegand
Sound Design by Elizabeth Cahill

Adele Nadine Traub*, Production Stage Manager
John Meredith, Assistant Stage Manager

Special Events

Sundays: 1/13, 1/20, 1/27 following 3:00 pm performances

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