Small Mouth Sounds
Written by Bess Wohl
Directed by Argo Thompson
This unique and compassionate new play asks how do we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us.
In the overwhelming quiet of the forrest, 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.
Teacher: Lulu Thompson
Joan: Lydia Revelos
Judy: Gina Alvarado
Alicia: Katie Kelley
Ned: Mark Bradbury
Rodney: Ariel Zuckerman*
Jan: David Yen
Director: Argo Thompson
Stage Manager: Vicki Martinez
Lighting Designer: April George
Sound Designer: Argo Thompson
Sound Consultant: Joe Winkler
Costume Designer: Sandra Ish
Backgrounds: Argo Thompson
Run Crew: Brooke Dengler
Run Crew: Milo Thompson
Produced by special arrangement with
Dramatists Play Service
* Member of Actors' Equity Association. Left Edge Theatre is an Equity-approved company..
To all our friends and family who have so graciously contributed and allowed us to do our work from home. Including:
Tara, Kai, Debbie, Jim, Dawn, Milton, Connie, Ron,
Gillian, Marlowe, Denise, Anthony, Emmalina, and Julianne.
Ariel Zuckerman (Rodney) is thrilled to return to Left Edge Theatre, having been seen last season in the absurdly hilarious, This Random World. Ariel’s off-broadway credits include King Lear and The Killer, both at Theatre for A New Audience. Favorite past roles include Leontes (The Winters Tale), Berowne (Loves Labors Lost) and Hamlet. Since relocating to Sonoma county three years ago, Ariel has played with the Marin Shakespeare Company and 6th Street Playhouse, having been seen as Nathan Detroit (Guys & Dolls), Stanley Kowalski (Streetcar Named Desire), and Happy Loman (Death of A Salesman) for which he was nominated for an MTJA for best supporting performanc. A Drug and Alcohol Counselor by day, Ariel believes in the transformative power of human connection both on and off the stage. He is ever-grateful to his wife, Gillian for her love, friendship and encouragement, and to his daughter, Marlowe for her giggles and smiles.
This is David’s second live streaming show, having just played Bernie Cary/The Father in Reunion/Dark Pony with Zoom Theatre. He is grateful to be able to continue telling stories in this new venue. His work has earned him critical acclaim both as an actor and a director from Theatre Bay Area, The Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, and the Marquee Journalists Theatre Awards. He has been privileged to play Scott Bader in Faceless (6th Street Playhouse), Cedric Doyle in The Nether (Left Edge Theatre), and Ed Boone Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Spreckels Theatre Company), among others. Favorite musical roles include Hook in Peter Pan (Spreckels Theatre Company), Higgins in My Fair Lady (6th Street Playhouse) and the Tin Man in Wizard of Oz (Mountain Play). Follow him at www.DavidLYen.com
Gina Alvarado got her MFA in Acting from Rutgers in 2005, crossed over into a career in academia for awhile, had kids and then didn’t act much for several years, which seemed like ten million. Since moving to Sonoma County in 2015, she has played Hannah in Arcadia at Cinnabar Theater, Elvira in Blythe Spirit at 6th St Playhouse, Chorus #3 in Bob: A Life in Five Acts at Main Stage West, Siobhan in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time at Spreckels Theater, Cindy in Luna Gale at Cinnabar Theater and almost Dr. Mailer in Galatea at Spreckles Theater.
Katie was last seen at Left Edge as Trisha in The Naked Truth, and is delighted to be back among artists she admires. Some of her other past credits include: Lotty in Enchanted April at Sonoma Arts Live, Glory in Barbecue Apocalypse, Emily in By the Water, Sally in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Kenny in Becky’s New Car, Kayleen in Gruesome Playground Injuries, Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Elaine in The Graduate, and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. Katie would like to thank her family and village of friends who help make it possible for her to perform, and her wonderful daughter Emmalina for bringing endless joy, adventure and love to my life.
Lulu Thompson is delighted to return to Left Edge, following their previous work in the one-person show Fully Committed. They are a theatre-maker, musician, writer and lifelong learner, living and working in Sonoma County. Lulu has developed and performed new plays with The Imaginists, Walking Elephant, Main Stage West, Cinnabar and more. Currently they devise new work as a member of 'Bodies in Space.' Their past roles include Zebulon in Of Time and Darkness, Prince John in The Lion in Winter, Talthybius in an adaptation of Trojan Women, and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.
Mark Bradbury was born and raised in Santa Rosa and grew up on Sonoma County theater. Most recently with Left Edge, Mark was Anubis in Drumming with Anubis. Other recent roles include: Bob in Bob, A Life in Five Acts at Main Stage West, Will Bloom in Big Fish at Spreckels Theater Company, and Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Show at Sixth Street Playhouse.
The Cast & Crew
Bess Wohl’s plays include SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS (John Gassner Outer Critics Circle Award, top ten lists in The New York Times, The New York Post, The Guardian and others), MAKE BELIEVE, AMERICAN HERO, BARCELONA, TOUCHED, IN, CATS TALK BACK and the musical PRETTY FILTHY with composer/lyricist Michael Friedman and The Civilians (Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Musical). Her play, CONTINUITY, will have its world premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club in the spring of 2019.
— Bess Wohl