Studio 54

Running Time:90 minutes, no intermission

"Mary-Louise Parker will take your breath away."

Variety, October 17, 2019

Playwright Adam Rapp is a master of the small moments that define a character. He created beautiful portraits in his earlier play Red Light Winter which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2006. He has done so once again in his new play, THE SOUND INSIDE. Here we meet Yale creative writing professor Bella Baird and her brilliant, guarded, challenging student Christopher Dunn. Bella starts by addressing the audience in direct, brutally open narration. She is his professor, his mentor, alone by choice, supremely confident. She is drawn to him, somehow compelled to know him. And also there is something she wants from him. Something that she may not be able to ask. The tension of their encounters builds quietly, provocatively as the playwright drives forward to a stunning conclusion.

THE SOUND INSIDE premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival last summer to great acclaim. Reviewing for The New York Times, Jesse Green called it “an astonishing new play. For its entire 90 minutes you are dying to know what will happen even while hoping to forestall the knowledge.”

He also named it one of his top 10 of 2018 describing it as “A brilliant production starring Mary-Louise Parker (never better) as the teacher who learns how little it’s possible to know.

Lincoln Center Theater commissioned Adam Rapp to write this piece, and we will now bring THE SOUND INSIDE to Broadway this fall at Studio 54, in association with Jeffrey Richards and Rebecca Gold.

Reuniting for the move to Broadway are Mary-Louise Parker (Tony winner for Proof, and Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner for “Weeds” and “Angels in America”) as Bella; Will Hochman as Christopher; and director David Cromer, well known to LCT audiences for Nikolai and the Others, When the Rain Stops Falling, and most recently a Tony winner for directing The Band’s Visit.

Member tickets will go on sale Monday, June 10 at 10am by phone and internet only.

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Watch the trailer for THE SOUND INSIDE.