Since it opened in 1968, the Alliance Theatre in Midtown has sought to present new plays and do so in a noteworthy way.
That is the way it is publicizing the play “Small Mouth Sounds,” scheduled for Oct. 4 through 27 on the Hertz Stage. Opening night is Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Not only is this a new, off-Broadway production, but it will be the Southeast premiere of the play, which is under the direction of Alliance Artistic Director Susan V. Booth.
The New York Times stated this play, which debuted off Broadway in 2016, will leave audiences “moved, refreshed and even enlightened.”
According to a news release on the play, it involves six strangers in search of serenity. They meet at a silent, wellness retreat for what they hope will be a life-changing five-day experience.
Filled with awkward and insightful humor, “Small Mouth Sounds” is a unique and compassionate play which asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us, the release stated.
Guided by an unseen guru, they are challenged to abandon technology and reset as they confront internal demons, both profound and absurd. Their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect.
According to Booth, human beings are, on a daily basis, deeply inundated with the means to escape ourselves.”
“We rise to music, news, talk shows, texts and continue on for days — layers upon layers of buffering noise to keep us from prolonged awareness of our own interiors.” Booth said. “In the current chaotic storm that we call here and now, we walk amidst nearly overwhelming noise, all of us, in varying states of disrepair.”
In reference to the play, Booth said if people honestly bore witness to the fragility that is being alive, “and we did that in the quiet space, in the company of other likewise off-kilter beings, we could light the beginning of a path for awareness of ourselves. … We can sit with in stillness, just for a minute, and come out the other side realizing, ‘This is messy, this being alive thing. But a little less scary now that I looked at it and listened to it.’”
The play’s cast features Jeremy Aggers, Owais Ahmed, Andrew Benator, Alexandra Ficken, January LaVoy, Courtney Patterson and Ericka Ratcliff.
Tickets start at $25 and may be purchased at The Woodruff Arts Center box office in person, by calling 404-733-5000 or visiting www.alliancetheatre.org/smallmouthsounds. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 404-733-4690. Discounted rates are also available for members of the military, senior citizens and students.
In association with the play, the Alliance will host a free health and wellness retreat Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the center. Attendees will receive discounted tickets to “Small Mouth Sounds.” For more information or to RSVP, visit www.alliancetheatre.org/wellness.