|TheaterWorks Hartford presents Adam Rapp's THE SOUND INSIDE, Directed by Rob Ruggiero and Pedro Bermudez w/ Magg ie Bofill and Ephraim Birney, April 11–30|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 05:33 pm EDT 04/07/21|
THE SOUND INSIDE
by Adam Rapp
Directed by Rob Ruggiero and Pedro Bermudez
Streaming April 11 - 30
TheaterWorks Hartford announced today that The Sound Inside by Adam Rapp will stream on demand April 11-30, 2021 to members and single ticket buyers. Directed by TheaterWorks Hartford's Producing Artistic Director Rob Ruggiero and Pedro Bermudez, The Sound Inside is a filmed [live] to stream production born out of a unique collaboration between Ruggiero, a theater maker, and Hartford filmmaker Bermudez. Together, they've pushed the boundaries of live performance through the lens of a camera while deepening the mystery of Rapp's engrossing play.
Playwright Adam Rapp is a master of the small moments that define a character. In The Sound Inside we meet Yale creative writing professor Bella Baird and her brilliant, guarded, challenging student Christopher Dunn. Bella starts by addressing the audience in direct, brutally open narration. She is his professor, his mentor, alone by choice, supremely confident. She is drawn to him, somehow compelled to know him. And also there is something she wants from him. Something that she may not be able to ask. The tension of their encounters builds quietly, provocatively as the playwright drives forward to a stunning conclusion.
"The Sound Inside drew me in with its skillful storytelling," says Ruggiero. "It is, after all, a story about people who tell stories - and it held me with the unfolding and unconventional friendship between these two complex and guarded people. It is beautiful written, dark and deeply humane. With the camera, you can feel so clearly what the actors are experiencing, it has amplified the world of the play."
The cast includes Maggie Bofill as Bella Baird and Ephraim Birney as Christopher Dunn.
The creative team includes set designer Lawrence E. Moten III, costume designer Alejo Vietti, lighting designer Amith Chandrashaker, and composer Billy Bivona with sound recording & mixing by Massive Productions.
The Sound Inside will stream on demand from April 11-30, 2021. Tickets, priced at $25 or $20.21 for monthly memberships, can be purchased online at www.twhartford.org or by calling 860.527.7838.
About the Artists
Adam Rapp is the author of numerous plays, which include Nocturne (American Repertory Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop), Finer Noble Gases (26th Humana Festival), Stone Cold Dead Serious (A.R.T.), Blackbird (The Bush, London), Essential Self-Defense (Playwrights Horizons/Edge Theatre), Kindness (Playwrights Horizons), The Metal Children (The Vineyard), The Hallway Trilogy (Rattlestick), The Edge of Our Bodies (36th Humana Festival), Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling (The Atlantic), Through the Yellow Hour (Rattlestick), Wolf in the River (The Flea), The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois (The Atlantic) and Red Light Winter (Steppenwolf, Barrow Street Theatre), for which he won Chicago's Jeff Award for Best New Work, an Obie, and was named a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize. He made his Broadway debut with The Sound Inside (Studio 54), which received a 2020 Outer Critics Circle Honor for Outstanding New Broadway Play. The Sound Inside was commissioned by Lincoln Center and received its world premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. His playwriting honors include Boston's Elliot Norton Award, The Helen Merrill Prize, The 2006 Princess Grace Statue, a Lucille Lortel Playwright's Fellowship, the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation Award, and The Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Rob Ruggiero (Director / Producing Artistic Director) has been part of TheaterWorks Hartford artistic leadership for 27 years. He has directed over 60 shows, including TWH productions of American Son, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Constellations, Next to Normal, Relativity (starring Richard Dreyfuss) and Christmas on the Rocks, which he also conceived. His Broadway credits include Looped (starring Valerie Harper in a Tony-nominated performance) and High (starring Kathleen Turner) which had its world premiere at TWH. He also conceived and directed the musical revue Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn which moved Off-Broadway and was nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Ruggiero conceived and directed Ella, a musical about Ella Fitzgerald, which saw sold-out runs in 24 regional theaters and was produced as a National Tour. His work on plays and musicals has received multiple awards in Connecticut and around the United States. In his eleventh collaboration with Goodspeed Musicals, Ruggiero directed Oliver where he has also directed many award-winning musical productions. His adaptation of Show Boat is now being licensed by the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. Internationally he directed Fiddler on the Roof in Athens, Greece.
Pedro Bermudez (Co-Director) is a filmmaker and the owner of Revisionist Film, a production company that works closely with agencies and nonprofits in the greater Hartford region. Bermudez has directed content for a diverse range of clients including The Center for Leadership & Justice, the Mary & Eliza Freeman Center, and the Wadsworth Atheneum. He is a graduate of the American Film Institute, where he was the recipient of the Petrie Award for excellence; and he serves on the board of the Connecticut Arts Council.
Ephraim Birney (Christopher Dunn) is making his TheaterWorks Hartford debut. He is a New York City actor and writer. His screen credits include TV shows like Gotham and The Americans, as well as the indie film Sylvio, and most recently, Strawberry Mansion, which premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. He's worked in theatre both Off-Broadway and regionally in plays like The Good Person of Szechwan at The Public Theater, Admissions at Studio Theatre in Washington DC, and Chester Bailey at CATF, which will be remounted this summer at Barrington Stage. Ephraim's writing has been featured in several short film and play festivals in New York, and he's currently developing an animated series with Powerhouse Animation. He hopes to one day be as well-read as his character.
Maggie Bofill (Bella Baird) is making her TheaterWorks Hartford debut. She is an Actor/ Playwright, and proud Cuban-American. Founding member of LAByrinth Theater Company, member of Ensemble Studio Theater: EST, and Woman Artist Writing Group: WAW (Dorset Theatre Festival). Most recently she was part of 24 Hour Plays Viral Monologues, as Blanca, by Michael Garcés. Theater Credits: Nora in A Doll's House Part 2, Long Wharf Theatre, Dir. Will Davis; Marisol in Nylon, by Sofia Alvarez (screenwriter, To All the Boys I've Loved Before), Dir. Knud Adams; God in God Shows Up, by Peter Filichia, The Playroom Theater, Dir. Christopher Scott; Delia in Devil of Choice, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019, Assembly Hall; Florence in Dutch Heart of Man, The Public Theater; St. Monica in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, The Public Theater, Dir. Philip Seymour Hoffman; Asking For Trouble 2019, EST; Between Riverside and Crazy, Signature Theatre. TV: High Town, The Path, Smash, Law & Order: SVU. maggiebofill.com @maggiebofillita (pen name; Maggie Diaz Bofill)
About TheaterWorks Hartford
Celebrating its 35th season, TheaterWorks Hartford (TWH) produces high quality, contemporary theater that is relevant to our audiences, engages a diverse community, and provides insight into the human experience. TWH is committed to the power of storytelling in creating community. Founded in 1985, TWH has produced over 170 plays and presents approximately 225 performances per season. TWH also owns and manages the historic property at 233 Pearl Street, known as City Arts on Pearl. City Arts provides an affordable home and services to a diverse family of non-profit arts organizations.
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TheaterWorks Hartford is supported by Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Travelers, Aetna, Hartford Financial Services, Hartford Healthcare, Lincoln Financial Foundation, Bank of America, Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, Greater Hartford Arts Council, Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, Richard P. Garmany Fund, United Technologies Corporation, J. Walton Bissell Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Ensworth Charitable Foundation, John and Kelly Hartman Foundation, Connecticut Office of the Arts, George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation, Cheryl Chase & Stuart Bear Family Foundation, People's United Bank, TD Bank, William and Alice Mortensen Foundation, The Saunders Foundation.
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