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Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl

27 April 2018


“This hilarious and moving production reveals near deafening truths with barely a sound”

– Austin Chronicle


Small Mouth Sounds by Bess WohlCapital T presents

Small Mouth Sounds

by Bess Wohl

Directed by Mark Pickell

May 17-June 16

Thursday – Saturday at 8pm

Hyde Park Theatre    511 W 43rd St

On a weeklong silent retreat in the woods, six wildly disparate urbanites looking for life balance find that staying quiet doesn’t necessarily bring inner peace. An acclaimed new comedy from Drama Desk Award–winning playwright Bess Wohl, Small Mouth Sounds is a wickedly sharp look at mindfulness and the wellness industry.

Under the eye of an unseen guru, six people have gathered to get away from it all. But as they listen to their leader’s ruminations they learn that silence can indeed be golden. It can also be VERY FUNNY, frustrating, erotic, comforting, and profoundly passive-aggressive.

Small Mouth Sounds features an all-star cast including Rebecca Robinson (Hand to God), Theresa Baldwin (Hand to God), Delanté Keys (Brothers Size), Jason Phelps (Detroit), Ellie McBride (Fixing Timon), Zac Thomas (John), and featuring the talents of Katherine Catmull (Song About Himself).

“They succeed marvelously, creating a refreshingly unique, satisfying and immersive piece of theater that is well worth seeing”

– Austin American-Statesman

“SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS is a fascinating piece of theatre, lovingly directed and expertly executed by a company full of some of Austin’s finest. Don’t miss this one…you will be thinking about this one for days to come.“

– Austin Broadway World

“The meditative pre-show music also helps set the scene, and indeed Lowell Bartholomee’s sound design may be the standout aspect of this production. A steady background bed of atmospheric sound, ranging from a rainstorm to a quiet night, provides an emotional and tonal setting that allows the cast’s silent interactions to take place without the tension and anxiety that a totally silent stage might create.”

-Austin American-Statesman

“You really should see this hilarious and moving show”

– Austin Chronicle

” Zac Thomas, as Ned who has the longest verbal piece of the performance, in which he reveals his rather epic struggles. Thomas makes the most of this moment, eliciting big laughs as well as heart breaking sadness. His performance is riveting.”

– Austin Broadway World

“A sleek, minimalist set (designed by Pickell and Thomas, who deserve serious ups for transforming Hyde Park Theatre’s iconic space into something completely different and unexpected) composed of a wooden floor and risers seems almost too sparse, until you look a little closer and see stylized overhanging branches and painstaking woodwork. It puts you in the right headspace for what’s ahead – that you’re going to have to focus on the details a little more closely than you normally world. Patrick Anthony and Lowell Bartholomee complete the evening with light and sound design, respectively, that appear exactly when it’s essential – which perfectly punctuates a night of near-deafening truths told in near silence.”

– Austin Chronicle

  “The standout moment of the production comes in the form of a monologue, delivered by Zac Thomas as Ned…Equally tragic and comedic, Thomas provides a deeply textured nuance to the monologue that is matched by his pained, likable, heartfelt performance throughout the rest of the production.”

-Austin American-Statesman


WARNING: Small Mouth Sounds Contains Nudity

Running Time: 1 Hour 40 Minutes


Rebecca Robinson
Ellie McBride
Jason Phelps
Zac Thomas
Delanté Keys
Theresa Baldwin
Katherine Catmull

Bess Wohl – Playwright

Bess Wohl’s plays include SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS, AMERICAN HERO, BARCELONA and TOUCHED. They have been produced or developed at theaters in New York and around the country, including Second Stage, Ars Nova, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, People’s Light and Theatre Company, Center Theatre Group, The Contemporary American Theater Festival, Vineyard Arts Project, The Pioneer Theatre, The Pittsburgh Public Theater, The Northlight Theater, TheaterWorks New Works Fesitval, The Geffen Playhouse, The Vineyard Arts Project, Ojai Playwright’s Conference, the Cape Cod Theatre Project and the New York International Fringe Festival (award for Best Overall Production).

The world premiere of her play, SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS, is enjoyed a sold-out run at Ars Nova, directed by Obie-award winner Rachel Chavkin. Her original musical about the adult entertainment industry, PRETTY FILTHY, in collaboration with the composer/lyricist Michael Friedman and The Civilians, also premiered this season off-Broadway, and was recently nominated for the Lucille Lortel award for Outstanding Musical. Her play, BARCELONA, will have its west coast premiere at LA’s Geffen Playhouse in early 2016.

She also writes for film and television. She is currently in post-production on Broad Squad, an original pilot for ABC. She is also at work on a new feature for Disney, and has written two features for Paramount Pictures: THE LUXE (based on the book) and VIRGINIA (the true story of mob queen Virginia Hill). Her screenplay adaptation of her play, IN, was included on Hollywood’s Black List of best scripts. She has also developed original television pilots for HBO, USA, FOX and the CW.
Her work has been supported by a MacDowell Fellowship, PlayPenn, the Sewanee Writer’s Conference and Ars Nova. She has been the recipient of new play commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club, Hartford Stage and Center Theatre Group.

In her previous life as an actress, Bess 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, Magna Cum Laude, where she studied with Seamus Heaney and Jamaica Kincaid and was awarded the Rona Jaffe Writing Prize and the Tennessee Williams Scholarship. She earned her MFA from the Yale School of Drama, where she was a recipient of the Rebecca West Scholarship. She is originally from Brooklyn, New York, and divides her time between New York and Los Angeles.