CJ Lewis directs Bess Wohl’s unique new dramedy Small Mouth Sounds in March/April. Six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat in the woods. Filled with insightful humor, this strange and compassionate new script asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us. While satirizing the contemporary fad of seeking instant enlightenment from a hip retreat, the play also poignantly explores our desperate need to communicate with each other and human connection in a challenging, fragmented world.
Small Mouth Sounds stars Amanda Dane, Drew DeSimone, Peter Josephson, Stephanie Lazenby, Michael Towle, Constance Witman, and Harry Prichett with Stage Management by Corrie Owens-Beauchesne, Lighting Design by Ben Bagley, Scene & Prop Design by Justin Lahue, Costume Design by Molly Sullivan, and music from Cynthia Chatis.
March 18 through April 3
Fri, March 18 - 8pm | Sat, March 19 - 8pm | Sun, March 20 - 2pm
Fri, March 25 - 8pm | Sat, March 26 - 2pm | Sat, March 26 - 8pm
Fri, April 1 - 8pm | Sat, April 2 - 8pm | Sun, April 3 - 2pm
$30 for adults; $26 for senior/student/veteran
Questions about tickets may be sent to NHTP at firstname.lastname@example.org
Citizen Critic Corps
Audience Reaction to Small Mouth Sounds
"Small Mouth Sounds was awesome - funny and thought provoking at the same time. My teenager loved it!" - Angel Simone
"The ensemble cast of Small Mouth Sounds captures the subtleties of human longing and loss with such poignancy and humor that you will find yourself laughing your heart open." - Liz Korabek-Emerson
"My wife Mary and I saw the play yesterday and would describe it as innovative, thought-provoking, funny, and moving. We came away feeling, as we always do, that we can count on NHTP to deliver challenging, contemporary theater that never feels boring or stale and invariably leaves us feeling energized." - Tim and Mary Barretto"
"With my deep appreciation for the work of all who contributed to this production:
For me, witnessing “Small Mouth Sounds” was to witness theatre magic. As the play unfolds, we are drawn into a world of gestures, of non-languaged communication that awakens our awareness of the inner world of those around us. For 90 minutes that world becomes increasingly real, as we learn about the emotional experience of the participants in a silent retreat, each of whom has a story. Those stories are revealed in ways that awaken our empathy, and remind us of our shared humanity.
The acting is skilled, sensitive, and courageous. The pitfall here would be that the actors would rely on mime and cliche to convey their inner experience, and thankfully, none do. Each finds the authenticity of their character, and lets that come through. I was also impressed with the soundscape of the show — all the ways in which sound was used to indicate what is happening without our actually seeing it on the simple and effective set.
Once again, New Hampshire Theatre Project does what it does best — put on plays that invite us to expand our minds and become more attuned to our world." - Duncan Hollomon, JD, PhD
COMMUNITY CONNECTOR: Spirituality in a Secular World
LIVE AND ONLINE
Thursday, March 24 - 5:30-6:30 pm
A facilitated discussion considering the questions:
What is Spirituality? How do different people think about, access, and use spirituality?
Liz Korabek-Emerson, Mindfulness Trainer and member of Natural Dharma Fellowship
Bill Redfield, Wisdom Teacher and former parish minister
Robert Sapiro, Director of Community Outreach at Green Acre Baha'i Center of Learning.
Free & Open to the Public - Registration Required
The Community Connector program was created in 2019 to encourage community dialogue around issues and themes explored in NHTP’s MainStage productions.
New Hampshire Theatre Project’s 2021-22 MainStage Season focuses on the season theme: Are We There Yet?
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The programming committee chose our theme of "Are we there yet?" for two reasons. First, the obvious post-pandemic issue for any theatre company continues to be "When will we get back to normal? And what is normal, really?" But the theme carries an important message connected to each MainStage production and along with the theme of "Are we there yet?" each production also explores the notion of "What exactly is there?" and "How will we know when we're there?"
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