Small Mouth Sounds

By Bess Wohl
Directed by Shawn Lee

October 7, 2018 – November 4, 2017

Alder Stage

Tired of not living their 'best life,' six broken individuals gather at a wellness center in the middle of the woods for a weeklong silent retreat to breathe and reset. As the voice from an omniscient guru drones on in broken self-help speech, the attendees struggle to find their inner calm while awkwardly combating their mental and physical desires. Over the course of five days, the group inexpertly attempts to navigate through hurt feelings, crippling faux pas, and exposed vulnerabilities to reach enlightenment. Absurdly funny and profoundly poignant, Small Mouth Sounds encourages us all to put down the phone and just be in the moment.

  • Awards for Bess Wohl: Drama Desk Award
  • "...exploits the subversive power of stillness in our age of manic multitasking." -Karen D'Souza, Mercury News
  • "...joyful and hilarious about the absolutely worst things we all face." -Jesse Green, Vulture


Cast and Production Team


Susannah Mars +^


John San Nicolas +^


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Bess Wohl


Shawn Lee +



Scenic Designer: Megan Wilkerson #^

Costume Designer: Gregory Pulver ^

Lighting Designer: Jennifer Lin

Composer & Sound Designer: Rodolfo Ortega ^

Dramaturg: Luan Schooler

Stage Manager: Jamie Lynne Simons +

Props Master: Robert Amico

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

Special Events

Post-Matinee Talkbacks: October 14, 21, 28

Oregon Psychoanalytic Center Post-Matinee Talkback: November 4

Open Captioned Matinee: November 3


Prep for Small Mouth Sounds with this book and movie list inspired by the play from the Multnomah County Library.