THE ARS NOVA PRODUCTION OF

SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS

By Bess Wohl

Directed by Rachel Chavkin

 

September 25 – November 10, 2018

ABOUT THE SHOW  

 

In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward and insightful humor, this unique and compassionate new play asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us.

 

NATIONAL TOUR:

LONG WHARF THEATRE | New Haven, CT
August 30 – September 24, 2017
AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATRE | San Francisco, CA
October 11 – December 10, 2017
BROAD STAGE | Santa Monica, CA
January 11 – 28, 2018
AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER | Dallas, TX
January 31 – February 4, 2018
ARSHT CENTER | Miami, FL
February 16 – March 4, 2018
PHILADELPHIA THEATRE COMPANY | Philadelphia, PA
March 13 – April 1, 2018

 

OFF-BROADWAY TRANSFER:

THE PERSHING SQUARE SIGNATURE CENTER
July 3 – Sept. 25, 2016

 

WORLD PREMIERE:

ARS NOVA
March – April, 2015

 

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Photo by Ben Arons 
Visual Art by Ian Sklarsky 

2015 WORLD PREMIERE PRESS

 

CriticsPickDetails

 

 

 

 

MAKING BIG NOISE:

 

“Bess Wohl’s luminous new play is as entertaining as it is transcendent!”

— Jenna Scherer
TONY

“A half-dozen troubled souls find that enforced silence doesn’t necessarily bring inner peace in Small Mouth Sounds, an enchanting new play by Bess Wohl. As funny as it is, uh, quietly moving, Ms. Wohl’s play is also a model of ingenuity.

 

Both the humor and the pathos spring mostly from wordless interaction, which is testimony to Ms. Woh’s intrepid writing, to the superb acting and to the precise work of director, Rachel Chavkin. Ms. Wohl’s play makes a wonderful case for how eloquently silence can speak.”

—  Charles Isherwood

“Flawless. Shattering.”

 — Marilyn Stasio
Variety


“Silence speaks louder than words in evocative Small Mouth Sounds!

A wonderful, perceptive new play.”

 — Elisabeth Vincentelli 
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Most of human experience is measured in small mouth sounds: breathing, chewing, moaning, sobbing, laughing. Revealing all the inarticulate longings and unexpressed feelings words conceal, Small Mouth Sounds returns us to the world with more attentive ears.

 — Jacob Gallagher-Ross
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ARS NOVA WORLD PREMIERED
SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS

In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward humor, this strange and compassionate new play asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us. 

OPENED MARCH 23, 2015

 

The Premiere was directed by Rachel Chavkin and 

 

FEATURED

 

THE CREATIVE TEAM

Scenic Design LAURA JELLINEK (JACUZZI)
Costume Design TILLY GRIMES (Eager to Lose)
Lighting Design MIKE INWOOD (The Essential Straight & Narrow)
Sound Design STOWE NELSON (VERITÉ)
Projection Design ANDREW SCHNEIDER (YOUARENOWHERE) 
Prop Design NOAH MEASE (JACUZZI)
Production Stage Manager JAMES STEELE (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812)