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 with two parents who are very socially capable. So I think a lot of what got passed to me and my siblings was that you know how to handle yourself socially. Maybe at times I’ve erred on the side of filling too much space,” Barrett said.
Small Mouth Sounds takes away a major tool in the actor’s tool box – their voice – and asks them to replace it with something bodily. “I’m looking at how do I use my physicality honestly, or am I telegraphing too much or not enough and striking that balance in the silence,” Barrett said.
You’ll know, however, if Barrett goes too far. “No jazz hands in this piece,” Barrett joked. “I don’t think it would be appropriate.”