Small Mouth Sounds


March 13 – April 1, 2018

Tu. 7pm – W. 1/7pm – Th. 8pm – F. 8pm – Sat. 2/8pm – Sun. 3pm

A Philadelphia Premiere Play!

Philadelphia Theatre Company presents the Ars Nova production of


By Bess Wohl
Directed by Rachel Chavkin

Run Time: 100 minutes without intermission.
Recommended for ages 14+
Please note: This production contains male nudity of a non-sexual nature.

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Be ready to take a deep breath.

Small Mouth Sounds asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us. In this compassionate and witty new play, six wildly dissimilar runaways from city life embark on a week-long silent retreat. In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, they attempt to abandon technology, observe a vow of silence, and tamp down their natural cravings while being guided by an unseen guru who challenges them to confront internal demons and seek peace. Written by Drama Desk Award-winner Bess Wohl and directed by Obie Award-winner Rachel Chavkin, Small Mouth Sounds is a cleverly conceived and sharp observation of the pursuit of wellness and the achingly human, and often frustrating, need to connect.

With a sold out run at Ars Nova, 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.

Connor Barrett
Edward Chin-lyn
Brad Heberlee
Orville Mendoza
Brenna Palughi
Socorro Santiago
Cherene Snow

Set Design by Laura Jellinek
Costume Design by Tilly Grimes
Lighting Design by Mike Inwood
Props Design by Noah Mease
Sound Design by Stowe Nelson
Video Design by Andrew Schneider
Associate Director Lauren Z. Adleman
Production Stage Manager James Steele




Meet the Cast & Characters



About Alicia

ALICIA is around thirty-ish, strawberry blonde (sometimes more strawberry, sometimes more blonde) from Southern California. 

 She’s looking for something– or somebody– to make her feel okay again.

About Brenna

BRENNA PALUGHI (Alicia) Broadway: A Time To Kill. New York: ‘Sarah’ in Scared of Sarah (La Mama), Naked in a Fishbowl and King Lear (Cherry Lane). Regional: World Builders (CATF), Phedre, Orlando, Three Sisters (Yale). TV & Film: High Maintenance, The Family, Mysteries of Laura, Royal Pains, Mozart in the JungleSynechdoche, NY, She She, and the short film Close, which she wrote and directed. She founded a theater company, Virago, and is a proud company member of The Actor’s Center in NYC. MFA Yale School of Drama.



About Jan

JAN, fifty-ish, is hoping maybe this retreat will have an answer for him, where more traditional religious experiences have failed.



About Connor

CONNOR BARRETT (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, and Guiding Light. He has a BFA in acting from Northwestern University and an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.



About Judy

JUDY, maybe fifty, is Joan’s partner. She works at O Magazine as a top editor in the art department; a few times a year, she finds herself in the same room with Oprah. 


About Cherene

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.



About Rodney

RODNEY, mid-thirties, ageless, fit, gorgeous, grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and teaches yoga in New York and the Hamptons (in the summer).

Rodney wears lots of man jewelry, but he is pulling it off.

About Edward

EDWARD CHIN-LYN (Rodney) Television/Film: Set It Up, Jessica Jones, Feed the Beast, Limitless, Elementary, Person of Interest, The Mysteries of Laura, Mysteries at the Museum. Theater: KPOP, True West, Reconstruction, Leviticus w. Bekah Brunstetter, 2015 Worldwide Play Festival, The BrigWakeYou Can’t Take It With You, A Grimm Reality, A Year in the



About Ned

NED, somewhere in his forties, has had a severe run of bad luck worse than the worst country western song.



About Brad

BRAD HEBERLEE (Ned) (not the actor pictured) most recently appeared Off-Broadway in A Life at Playwrights Horizons, Bedlam’s Peter Pan at The Duke on 42nd Street, and Vanity Fair at The Pearl. Other theatres include The Atlantic, The Vineyard, SoHo Rep, The Civilians, Yale Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Huntington Theatre Company, Center Theatre Group, The Denver Center, Center Stage Baltimore, and The Weston Playhouse. Television: Codes Of Conduct, written and directed by Steve McQueen for HBO; White Collar, Person Of Interest, Unforgettable. Brad is an associate artist of The Civilians, a neighbor in New Neighborhood, and on faculty at the Yale Summer Conservatory for Actors. Education: Yale School of Drama.



About Joan

JOAN, late forties, wears a lot of clothes and jewelry from India. She is a therapist and sex educator in colleges, high schools, and private practice with couples. She likes to focus on pleasure rather than on fear or “don’ts.” It’s about pleasure, people.

About Socorro

SOCORRO SANTIAGO (Joan) Broadway: The Bacchae.  Off-Broadway: Roundabout Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, Rattlestick Theatre, Public Theatre, INTAR, EST, BAM, Ma-Yi Theatre, 59E59 Theatre, Lark theatre. Regional: Long Wharf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens (Jeff Award), Huntington (IRNE nomination), Shakespeare Theatre, Guthrie Theatre. TV: Mozart in the Jungle, Seven Seconds, all the “Law & Orders,” Characters, Blue Bloods, All My Children (ALMA Award). Films: FreedomlandHeaven’s PrisonersDevil’s AdvocateiCreep, recently completed filming on Widows, directed by Steven McQueen.


About ‘Teacher’

You’ll just have to see the show to find out!

About Orville

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.

About the Playwright & Director

BESS WOHL (Playwright) Bess Wohl’s plays include Small Mouth Sounds (Top Ten of 2015 in The New York Times, The Guardian, New York Post, and others, Best of 2016 in New York Magazine and others); Continuity (upcoming at The Goodman Theatre New Stages); American Hero, Barcelona (LA Ovation Award nomination); Touched; In; Cats Talk Back; and the original musical Pretty Filthy in collaboration with Michael Friedman and The Civilians (Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Musical). Her work has been produced or developed at Second Stage, Ars Nova, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Geffen Playhouse, and many others.  She is the recipient of the Sam Norkin special Drama Desk Award for “establishing herself as an important voice in New York theater” and the John Gassner Outer Critics Circle Award. Bess also writes for film and television and has developed projects for HBO, ABC, USA, Disney, Paramount, and others. (Photograph by Joanna Eldredge Morrissey)

RACHEL CHAVKIN (Director) is a director, writer, and dramaturg, as well as the artistic director of Brooklyn-based company the TEAM (, whose unique collaborative process was the subject of a documentarySelected 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’s Dave Malloy are recipients of the 2017 Smithsonian Award for Ingenuity. (Photograph by Chad Batka)

Special Events

Meet The Artists

Join us After the Show for a Meet The Artists Talkback

Friday, March 23, post-show

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Join us after the show for an onstage Q&A session with the cast of Small Mouth Sounds!

(Approx. 30 minutes)


Theatrical Trainer Wellness Fair

Come Get HEALTHY and HAPPY with Theatrical Trainer


Theatrical Trainer is built upon the notion that wellness for the creative individual is a full picture, through mind, body and nutrition. You don’t just need to be a professional artist, but if you are creative by nature and looking to incorporate a healthier approach to your personal life, we are your first step! ​

“I am drawn now to research the ways in which the therapy that people find through the interdisciplinary approach to the arts can be paralleled in clinical approach to result in resolution, healing expression, comfort and community. What happens when you use stage-combat as a means of exploring aggression? Can photography with a worded statement allow people to find the voice and words they can’t bear to utter aloud? Can dance allow someone to be present with their body and escape anxiety and fear? These are the questions that have been fueling my research and passion.”
Founder, Peter Andrew Danzig

Saturday, March 17, 1pm

Movement and Dance Wellness for the Corporate Office
with Lauren Fanslau
Ergonomics and Postural Wellness with Peter Andrew Danzig

Theatrical Trainer staff will be available to discuss corporate workshops in movement that brings wellness initiatives to your corporate function, retreat or office environment. Founder, Peter Andrew Danzig will also be available to discuss ergonomics and posture evaluation for the office.

Friday, March 30, 7pm

Family Friendly Wellness Programs and Stage Combat for the Corporate Office with Richie Sklar and Arlen Hancock

Theatrical Trainer staff will be available to discuss unconventional and fun approaches to wellness for the corporate office that include family friendly events and stage combat workshops that build community and foster productivity in the office through retreats and programs offered. Take the fun of theater practice to your office today and fulfill the need for wellness in a fun manner!

Saturday, March 31, 1pm

Nutrition Demonstrations and Consultations with certified Nutrition Coach, Tori Sklar

Theatrical Trainer staff will be available to discuss corporate offerings for nutrition workshops and demonstrations in your office!

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Photography by Plate3.

Women's Theatre Mixer

Join us on Opening Night for the Women’s Theatre Mixer

Wednesday, March 14, 5:30-8:30pm

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Hosted by Ellevate, FemCity Philadelphia, Les Dames d’Escoffier, and The Walnut ClubYou are invited to Philadelphia Theatre Company to meet two of the region’s newest top arts and theatre leaders, Producing Artistic Director Paige Price and Managing Director Emily Zeck.

Learn more about Price and Zeck’s vision for one of the largest theatres in the Philadelphia region. Mix and mingle with members of all four professional organizations. Meet WOGL’s truly “Remarkable Woman” Morning Show Host Marilyn Russell. Enjoy lite snacks and complimentary non-alchoholic beverages, plus liquor cash bar and happy hour drink specials. Pose for photos taken by Philly Chit Chat Hughe Dillon. Be one of the first to see the smash-hit Small Mouth Sounds.

The reception begins at 6pm, with registration starting at 5:45pm. Showtime for Small Mouth Sounds is at 7pm.

RSVP and Ticket Information  

Enjoy specially-priced tickets to this women’s night at the theatre with two ticket levels:

  • $30 includes the reception, access level ticket in Orchestra left or right, all ticket and box office fees (normally $6), and complimentary lite bites and non-alchoholic beverages before the show
  • $50 includes the reception, premium orchestra center seating, all ticket and box office fees (normally $6), and complimentary lite bites and non-alchoholic beverages before the show.

About Our Partners


Ellevate is a global professional women’s network with 50 chapters worldwide dedicated to the economic engagement of women. Our community is made up of successful, motivated and passionate professional women from various industries and walks of life. Ellevate women believe that investing in themselves and in other women is good business. We, as an organization, are committed to providing the tools and resources that members seek and our mission is to close the gender achievement gap in business by providing women with a community to lean on and learn from globally.


FemCity Philadelphia has a community of over 1800. We host monthly local business programs and social events for women professionals and entrepreneurs looking to make strategic connections to strengthen their business and social circles.Currently in 70+ communities in the US and Canada, FemCity offers global classes and workshops in addition to a free online network with resources, tips and promotional ways to expand local and global businesses. For more information visit


Les Dames d’Escoffier is a worldwide society of professional women in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality who are committed to the advancement of education and philanthropy for the good of the global community. The organization currently has 40 individual chapters across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

Founded in 1984 by some of the most pioneering women in the local food scene, the Philadelphia chapter continues to bring together a diverse group of award-winning chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers, writers, food artisans, and many other culinary professionals. For more information on our upcoming events, please visit our website at


The Walnut Club mission is to deliver distinctive, high-touch, and personalized experiences, investing in each of our members to help support their professional and personal goals. We accomplish this through intimate networking opportunities, enriching educational and social experiences, and curated events featuring leaders in government, business, nonprofits, and the arts. Learn more at

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Videos courtesy of American Conservatory Theater. Character profiles and headshots courtesy of Ars Nova.

Photo: Ben Arons Photography; 2017 Tour Cast.