LONG WHARF THEATRE BEGINS 2017-18 SEASON WITH OUTER CRITICS AWARD-WINNING PRODUCTION

NEW HAVEN – Long Wharf Theatre and Eva Price will present the opening of the 2017-2018 National Tour of the Obie Award-winning Small Mouth Sounds, by Bess Wohl, directed by Tony-nominee Rachel Chavkin (Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812).

Performances begin on August 30 and will run through September 24, 2017 at Long Wharf Theatre, Stage II (222 Sargent Drive, New Haven, CT). Tickets prices begin at $29. 

The press opening will take place on Wednesday, September 6 at 7:30 pm.

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, Small Mouth Sounds is the unique and compassionate new play that asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us. 

The newly announced cast includes Connor Barret (Jan), Ben Beckley (Ned), Edward Chin-Lyn (Rodney), Orville Mendoza (Teacher), Brenna Palughi (Alicia), Socorro Santiago (Joan), and Cherene Snow (Judy). 

The original design team of Small Mouth Sounds returns for the national tour and includes Obie-winner Laura Jellinek (Scenic Design), Tilly Grimes (Costume Design), Mike Inwood (Lighting Design), Lortel- nominee Stowe Nelson (Sound Design), Andrew Schneider (Projection Design), and Noah Mease (Prop Design). Chavkin and the designers will restage the production, originally performed in traverse, for a proscenium setting.

The inspiration for the play came from Wohl’s own personal experience at a silent meditation retreat. Surrounded by people who were looking for a way for their lives to be changed or healed, Wohl decided that this was fertile subject matter for a play. “What I loved about that for a play is that what’s necessary for any play is that all the characters really need something. This is such a great environment: a play where there is this automatic need,” Wohl said in an interview. “I think the central question of the play is should we seek peace or not, and if so, how?” Obie Award-winner Chavkin told Slant Magazine in a 2016 interview.

Small Mouth Sounds
played a record-breaking run at Ars Nova in 2015 and an acclaimed and extended commercial production at the Pershing Square Signature Center’s Romulus Linney Theater in 2016. Small Mouth Sounds is booked for 23 weeks in multiple cities, making it one of the longest tours for an Off Broadway show of this size in recent memory.

The New York Times called Small Mouth Sounds “an enchanting new play… as funny as it is quietly moving… a model of ingenuity” and the show was chosen as a “Best Of” Theater Pick in The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, New York Post, and many more.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit longwharf.org or call 203-787-4282.

For more information on additional cities and about the Small Mouth Sounds National Tour, please visit smallmouthsounds.com

The current National Tour Schedule is as follows:

New Haven, CT        Long Wharf Theatre        August 29-September 24, 2017
San Francisco, CA        American Conservatory Theatre       October 11 – December 10. 2017
Santa Monica, CA        Broad Stage       January 11 – January 28, 2018
Dallas, TX         AT&T Performing Arts Center       February 1- February, 11, 2018
Miami, FL       Arsht Center       February 16 – March 4, 2018
Philadelphia, PA       Philadelphia Theatre Company       March 13 – April 1, 2018


CAST BIOS

Brenna Palughi (Alicia) is an actor, director, choreographer based in Brooklyn. She has appeared on and off Broadway, in downtown and regional theater, on HBO, ABC, NBC, USA, Amazon, and in various films. Credits include: A Time to Kill (Broadway); Zelda Fitzgerald in Muse; Phedre (Yale School of Drama); Babs the Dodo at The Cherry Lane Theater. Off-Off-Broadway: The Bird in Birdgirl at HERE. She has a BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan and an MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama.

Connor Barret (Jan) Theater: The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois, Finer Noble Gases, The Metal, Saul Kimmer in Adam Rapp’s production of True West. Various work at Geva Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Other New York credits include SPF and the New York Fringe Festival. Film/television: The Runaround, “Hot in Cleveland,” “We Hate Paul Revere,” “True Blood,” “Parks and Recreation,” “CSI: NY,” “Harry’s Law,” “Rita Rocks,” “Do Not Disturb,” “The Jury,” “Guiding Light.”

Socorro Santiago (Joan) is currently recurring on “Mozart in the Jungle” TV series. Broadway: The Bacchae. Off-Broadway: Roundabout Underground, Ars Nova, Public Theater, Intar, EST, BAM, Ma-Yi Theater, 59E59 Theater, Lark Theatre. Regional: Another Word for Beauty, Mojada, Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike, The Crucible, Trojan Women, Boleros for the Disenchanted. TV/Film: “Law & Order”, “Seven Seconds”, “Characters”, “Blue Blood”, “Madame Secretary”, “The Good Wife”, “All My Children”, “Freedomland”, “The Other Woman”, “Heaven’s Prisoner”, “Night Falls on Manhattan”, “Devil’s Advocate”, “iCreep”.

Cherene Snow (Judy) Broadway: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Scarlett Johansson. Off-Broadway/ Regional: Walking Down Broadway, Last of the Thorntons, Welcome To Fear City, Having Our Say, Little Foxes, Fata Morgana, brownsville song: b-side for tray, Civil War Voices, Black Pearl Sings, Doubt, To Kill a Mockingbird, Coyote on a Fence. Film/TV: Arthur, Perhaps Tomorrow, My Sassy Girl, City of Angels, The Long Walk Home, Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, Third Watch, Chappelle’s Show.

Ben Beckley (Ned) First national tour of Peter and the Starcatcher; various plays at The Actors Company, New Georges, and Berkshire Theatre Group. Developed new work for Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep, and The Public Theater, and with OBIE Award-winners Anne Kauffman, Rachel Chavkin, and Robert Wilson. Ben has recorded spots for Ben and Jerry’s, Expedia, and Verizon Wireless and can be heard as Thomas Jefferson in the History Channel’s 2005 documentary “The Revolution”.

Edward Chin-Lyn (Rodney) Film: “Set It Up”, “Jessica Jones”, “Feed the Beast”, “Limitless”, “Elementary”, “Person of Interest”, “The Mysteries of Laura”, “Mysteries at the Museum”, “Sky”, “Cold War”, “Waiting for Tomorrow”, “Candy from a Stranger”, “A Day in the Life”. Theater: KPOP, True West, Reconstruction, Leviticus w. Bekah Brunstetter, 2015 Worldwide Play Festival, The Brig, Wake, You Can’t Take it With You, A Grimm Reality, A Year in the Life.

Orville Mendoza (Teacher) Select credits. Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher, Pacific Overtures. Off-Broadway: Pacific Overtures (Classic Stage Co.), Found (Atlantic Theatre Co.), Passion (CSC), Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens, and Road Show (all at The Public/NYSF). Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, ACT, Philadelphia Theatre Co., KC Rep., East West Players, Goodspeed, Long Wharf. TV: “The Blacklist”, “Law and Order: CI”, and many commercials. Orville is a Drama Desk Award nominee and Barrymore Award winner. orvillemendoza.com

CREATIVE TEAM BIOS

Bess Wohl (Playwright) Plays include Small Mouth Sounds (2017 John Gassner Award, Top ten of 2015 in The New York Times; Drama Desk Award; Outer Critics Circle and Off-Broadway Alliance nominations), American Hero, Barcelona, Touched, In, Cats Talk Back, and Pretty Filthy, in collaboration with Michael Friedman and The Civilians (Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Musical). Bess also writes for film and television and has developed projects for HBO, ABC, USA, Disney, and Paramount. 

Rachel Chavkin (Director) is a director, writer and dramaturg, as well as the artistic director of Brooklyn-based company the TEAM (www.theteamplays.org), whose unique collaborative process was the subject of a documentary. Selected work: Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova, Kazino, A.R.T., Broadway), Marco Ramirez’s The Royale (Old Globe, LCT), Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova/Off-Broadway/national tour), Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown (NYTW), Anne Washburn’s Iphigenia in Aulis (CSC), and multiple collaborations with Taylor Mac including judy’s extravaganza The Lily’s Revenge, Act 2 (HERE). The TEAM’s work has been seen worldwide, including at the Public Theater, PS122, UK’s National Theatre and Royal Court, the National Theatre of Scotland and festivals across Europe, Australia, and Asia. NYTW Usual Suspect. Winner of 3 Obie Awards, Drama Desk, Elliot Norton & IRNE awards, multiple Lucille Lortel nominations, twice nominated for the Doris Duke Impact Award, and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Direction for her work on Great Comet. She and Comet Dave Malloy are recipients of the 2017 Smithsonian Award for Ingenuity. 

Laura Jellinek (Scenic Designer) Broadway: Marvin’s Room. Off-Broadway: The Antipodes, Everybody, The Wolves, A Life (Lortel award, Drama Desk nomination), Marjorie Prime, The Nether (Lortel nomination), The Village Bike, Buzzer. Multiple projects with The Debate Society & The Mad Ones.  Regional: Yale Rep, Bard Summerscape, Cincinnati Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Southcoast Rep. Opera: Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Atlanta Opera, Juilliard. Obie for Sustained Excellence in Design

Tilly Grimes (Costume Designer) is an English theatre designer based in New York. Recent /Upcoming Credits: Underground Railroad Game (International, National Tour & Ars Nova), Small Mouth Sounds dir. Rachel Chavkin, Deathless dir. Tina Landau (Goodspeed). Awards – Lortel Nomination Best Costume Design, Balsamo Grant for Immigrant Artists, Irish Design Award, Irish Times Theatre Nomination & Onstage Critics Award. New York – Roundabout, Ars Nova, Foundry, Red Bull Theatre, Cherry Lane, The Pearl, Clubbed Thumb, Here Arts Centre, Barrow Group, & La Mama. Regional – Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York Stage and Film, Alley Theatre, Goodspeed Opera, OSF, Wilma, Hudson Valley Shakespeare, Two Rivers Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Company, Pittsburgh Public & Westport County Playhouse. Opera – Boston Lyric Opera, Philadelphia Opera, Curtis School of Music & Juilliard School of Vocal Arts. Guest artist at Julliard, Duke University, University of Rochester, Trinity College Dublin. M.F.A from NYU Tisch.

Mike Inwood (Lighting Design) Off-Broadway premieres of: Small Mouth Sounds (Signature Theatre), HIR (Playwrights Horizons), Stupid Fucking Bird (Pearl), Out Cold/Zippo Songs (BAM), Half Moon Bay (Lesser America/Cherry Lane), Miles for Mary (The Mad Ones). Regional productions with: Boston Lyric Opera, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, Pittsburgh Opera, Perseverance Theatre, Company of Fools, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Emmy Award (NBC, 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games). mikeinwood.com 

Stowe Nelson (Sound Design) New York: Animal (Atlantic); The Skin of Our Teeth (TFANA); The Wolves (Playwrights Realm); Miles for Mary, Samuel & Alasdair (Mad Ones, Drama Desk nom.); Indian Summer (Playwrights Horizons); The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, The Wayside Motor Inn (Signature Theatre). Regional: The Roommate (Williamstown); What Would Crazy Horse Do? (KC Rep); Cry it Out, I Now Pronounce (Humana Festival), Book of Will (Denver Center). More info: wingspace.com/stowe

Andrew Schneider (Projection Design) is a performer, writer and interactive electronics artist. Performance works: YOUARENOWHERE (2015 Obie Award, 2016 Drama Desk nominee), Dance/Field (2014, Roulette), Wow+Flutter (2010, The Chocolate Factory). Video design: Small Mouth Sounds (2014, The Bushwick Starr); The Wooster Group (company member 2007-2014).

Noah Mease (Prop Design) Off-Broadway: John (Signature, Obie Award); Hadestown (NYTW); Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 (Kazino, A.R.T.); Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova); An Octoroon (Soho Rep, TFANA); The Nether (MCC); Jacuzzi (Ars Nova); Blood Play (The Bushwick Starr, The Public). Playwriting: Republic (JACK, Manbites Dog), Omega Kids (Dixon Place). 

Henry Russell Bergstein, CSA (Casting Director) cast the original NY productions of SMS w/Lauren Port.  NY Theatre: The Lyons (Broadway), Gloria, Kid Victory, Middletown, Wig Out, The Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova – original production), Preludes, 3C, Gorilla Man. TV: US Casting: Black Mirror S3-4; Mozart in the Jungle, The Sinner.  Film: Saturday Church, Beauty Mark, It Felt Like Love, Love After Love, Grandma, NY Casting: Spider-Man Homecoming.  Associate: Manchester by the Sea, Grand Budapest Hotel, Frances Ha, Two Lovers. Former Manager of East Coast Casting for Warner Bros. in NY.

James Steele (Production Stage Manager) Broadway: Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Roundabout); One Man, Two Guvnors. Off-Broadway: By the Water (MTC), Pageant (SAS), Tail! Spin!, … The Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova/Kazino), My Name is Asher Lev (Westside Theatre), An Iliad (NYTW), The Tribute Artist (Primary Stages), The Divine Sister (DRTM). Thanks to Rachel, Bess and Mallory, love to Mom and Gram

MAXIMUM ENTERTAINMENT (General Management) is a producing, developing and management company founded by Avram Freedberg, Mary Beth Dale and Eva Price; and is joined by Managing Director/General Manager Carl Flanigan. Select credits on Broadway, Off-Broadway and on tour include Born For This; Cruel Intentions – The Musical; Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons – On Broadway!; Carefree: Dancin’ With Fred & Ginger; The Lion; The Hip Hop Nutcracker; 50 Shades! The Musical, Ivy + Bean The Musical, Blank! The Musical, Colin Quinn: Long Story Short

Eva Price (Producer) is a Tony Award-winning producer whose credits include over 15 Broadway plays, musicals, and concerts. She is a member of The Broadway League’s Board of Governors and was named one of Crain’s NY 40 Under Forty Rising Business Stars. Current and notable productions include: Dear Evan Hansen (6 Tony Awards); On Your Feet! (The Story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan); Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway!; Peter and the Starcatcher (5 Tony Awards); Colin Quinn Long Story Short (directed by Jerry Seinfeld); Annie (Tony-Nominated Musical Revival); The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino (Tony-Nominated Play Revival); Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking; The Addams Family (starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth); as well as several solo shows and critically acclaimed concerts starring The Temptations & The Four Tops; Kathy Griffin; Lewis Black; and Hershey Felder. Recent off-Broadway projects include the Drama Desk-nominated Found (Atlantic Theater Company & Philadelphia Theater Company); Benjamin Scheuer’s award-winning The Lion (Drama Desk winner, Off-West End winner for Best Musical); and Bess Wohl’s critically acclaimed Small Mouth Sounds. International and Touring Credits include:  The Hip Hop Nutcracker, featuring Rap Icon Kurtis Blow, Carefree: Dancin’ with Fred and Ginger (Directed/Choreographed by Tony Winner Warren Carlyle), as well as The Magic School Bus, Live! The Climate Challenge; Ella, a bio musical about the life and music of Ella Fitzgerald; ‘S Wonderful: The New Gershwin Musical; Tomie dePaola’s Strega Nona The Musical, Irving Berlin’s I Love A Piano (National Tour and Japan), The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Private Jokes, Public Places (London). For five years Eva worked as an assignment editor and coordinating producer for special projects at ABC News, spending her last year producing and reporting on stories relating to Broadway for ABCNEWS.COM. Upcoming: Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill.

ABOUT LONG WHARF THEATRE

Long Wharf Theatre began in the unlikeliest of places in the unlikeliest of ways. Located in a food terminal facing the New Haven Harbor, the theatre’s original founders, Jon Jory and Harlan Kleiman, shared the dream of starting a resident professional theatre company in New Haven.


Beginning its 53rd season, Long Wharf Theatre is an organization of international renown producing an annual season of six plays on its two stages, along with children’s programming, new play workshops and a variety of special events.

Under the watch of Arvin Brown and Edgar Rosenblum for over 30 years, Long Wharf Theatre established itself as an important force in the regional theatre movement. Under the current leadership of Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein and Managing Director Joshua Borenstein, Long Wharf Theatre continues to be a leader in American theatre, revitalizing classic and modern plays for a contemporary audience, discovering new resonance in neglected works and premiering new plays by new voices that both investigate and celebrate the unique circumstances of our time.

Throughout its history, Long Wharf Theatre has created a unique home in New Haven for theatre artists from around the world, resulting in the transfer of more than 30 Long Wharf productions to Broadway or Off-Broadway, some of which include Napoli, Brooklyn; The Glass Menagerie; My Name is Asher Lev; Satchmo at the Waldorf; Wit (Pulitzer Prize); The Shadow Box (Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award/Best Play); Hughie; American Buffalo; Requiem for a Heavyweight; Quartermaine’s Terms (Obie Award/Best Play); The Gin Game (Pulitzer Prize); The Changing Room; The Contractor; and Streamers.

Long Wharf Theatre has received New York Drama Critics Awards, Obie Awards, the Margo Jefferson Award for Production of New Works, a Special Citation from the Outer Critics Circle and the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 1978.