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FIREFLIES’ McFarland Fan of ‘Smart New Haven Audiences’

Christopher Michael McFarland is the youngest member of the cast of Fireflies, but one can argue he might have spent the most time of them all in front of New Haven audiences. McFarland, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, is appearing in the role of Eugene in Fireflies. Eugene, the town cop, arrived… Continue reading →

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‘Small Mouth’ Stories | Cherene Snow

Judy, Cherene Snow’s character in Small Mouth Sounds, has a lot of trouble keeping quiet. Not so with Cherene. A few years back, Snow’s friend, a monk, invited her to spend New Year’s at a quiet retreat. It was a transformative weekend. Negotiating the politesse of everyday life was a challenge – the “thank yous”… Continue reading →

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‘Small Mouth’ Stories | Socorro Santiago

If you want to calm Socorro Santiago down, simply invite her to see nature. “We are looking for relief. We are looking for answers. We are looking for peace. We are looking for forgiveness. We are looking for another way,” Santiago said. “We are always talking in our heads. I have to do this, I… Continue reading →

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‘Small Mouth’ Stories | Brenna Palughi

It’s hard to find a moment to just be with yourself, particularly in a place as bustling as New York City. When Brenna Palughi is on the subway, she’s checking her phone for e-mails and alerts, or reading scripts as the chaos of the city swirls around here. Just coming to rehearsal in the city… Continue reading →

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‘Small Mouth’ Stories | Orville Mendoza

Orville Mendoza grew up in a deeply spiritual household, one where faith was at the forefront of his everyday life. “Issues of spirituality in this play resonate deeply with me,” he said. Perhaps that is one reason Mendoza was drawn to the role of The Teacher in Small Mouth Sounds, a person he characterizes as… Continue reading →

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‘Small Mouth’ Stories | Edward Chin-Lyn

Edward Chin-Lyn has been practicing yoga for as long as he has been acting, about a decade. He, like his character in Small Mouth Sounds, has been on a silent retreat before. In his case, it wasn’t completely silent and was primarily focused on yoga. “A lot happens like what happens in this play. People… Continue reading →

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‘Small Mouth’ Stories | Ben Beckley

Ben Beckley, a member of the cast of Small Mouth Sounds, spends a lot of time thinking about the search for stillness and peace, for the things in the world that aren’t constantly going up and down. A few years back he and his wife walked 500 miles along the Camino de Santiago, located in… Continue reading →

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‘Small Mouth’ Stories | Connor Barrett

Connor Barrett grew up in a household where silence was not emphasized as much as perhaps in other homes. “I’d say I’m half and half comfortable with it. I grew up in the South. I think it is part of our training in the South that we fill silence. A lot of my upbringing was… Continue reading →

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An Actor’s Take | Small Mouth Sounds Photo Shoot

Cherene Snow is an acting teacher when she isn’t performing herself, giving her a unique insight on how actors mine their hearts and their psyches on stage. “Acting is believing and acting is reacting,” Snow said. “So when someone else is speaking you must be present and react to what is being said.” During the… Continue reading →

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Karen Ziemba has great love for her character ‘Bea’

Karen Ziemba saw the original production of Other People’s Money when it first debuted Off-Broadway in 1989. She specifically remembered an up and coming young actress named Mercedes Ruehl as Kate Sullivan, the hot shot young lawyer played at Long Wharf Theatre by Liv Rooth. Makes sense – Ziemba herself was taking the first steps… Continue reading →

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