The Sound Inside

The Sound Inside

by Adam Rapp

directed by David Cromer

Originally produced at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA

June 27 to July 8, 2018

About the Premiere Production:

Synopsis: Bella Baird (Emmy, Golden Globe, and Tony Award winner Mary-Louise Parker) is an accomplished professor at an Ivy League university who prizes her solitude. But when she faces a challenge she cannot tackle alone, she allies herself with a brilliant and mysterious student, Christopher (Will Hochman). Intensely intimate and deeply moving, this haunting play probes the question of what one person can do for another.

Artistic/Grant Statement: "The Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards shape the best work being made in the American theatre and there is no greater evidence than the national and international impact their support is having. We can draw a hard, strong line from the support Edgerton gave us at Williamstown Theatre Festival for the world premiere of Martyna's Majok's Cost of Living to the Pulitzer Prize for Drama it was awarded this year,” said Mandy Greenfield, artistic director, Williamstown Theatre Festival. “We are profoundly grateful for their continued support this season and are honored to have three of our world premiere productions -- each by brilliant, unique and wildly diverse storytellers -- making their way into the world with greater artistic resources as a result of Edgerton's visionary leadership in the field of new work."

Director: David Cromer

Set Designer: Alexander Woodward

Lighting Designer: Heather Gilbert

Costume Designer: David Hyman

Sound Designer:Daniel Kluger

Projection Designer: Aaron Rhyne

Cast: Will Hochman, Mary-Louise Parker

Award Wins and Nominations

Tony Award® 
Best Play
2020 Nominee
Produced by Jeffrey Richards , Lincoln Center Theater (André Bishop: Producing Artistic Director; Adam Siegel: Managing Director; Hattie K. Jutagir, Executive Director of Development and Planning) , Rebecca Gold , Evamere Entertainment , Eric Falkenstein , Salman Vienn Al-Rashid , Spencer Ross , Filmnation Entertainment/Faliro House , Iris Smith , Jane Bergère , Caiola Productions , Mark S. Golub and David S. Golub , Ken Greiner , Gemini Theatrical Investors, LLC , Scott H. Mauro , Jayne Baron Sherman , Czekaj Productions , Wendy Morgan-Hunter , Kristin Foster , Brian Moreland , Sonia Mudbhatkal , Jacob Soroken Porter and Williamstown Theatre Festival (Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director)
Written by Adam Rapp
Best Original Score Written For The Theatre
2020 Nominee
Incidental music by Daniel Kluger

Best Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role In A Play
2020 Winner
Mary-Louise Parker
Best Direction Of A Play
2020 Nominee
Directed by David Cromer

Best Lighting Design Of A Play
2020 Nominee
Lighting Design by Heather Gilbert
Best Sound Design Of A Play
2020 Nominee
Sound Design by Daniel Kluger

Drama Desk Award

Outstanding Lighting Design For A Play
2020 Winner
Lighting Design by Heather Gilbert

Subsequent Productions:

  • Urbanite Theatre in Sarasota, FL October 22, 2023 - December 3, 2023
  • Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, CA Sept. 6, 2023 - October 1, 2023
  • 4th Wall Theatre Company in Houston, TX January 19, 2023 - February 11, 2023