Rachel Chavkin directs Small Mouth Sounds

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Rachel Chavkin ’08 will be bringing Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl back to New York after a successful run at Ars Nova last year. The play will run from July 3 to September 25 at the Pershing Square Signature Center at 480 West 42nd Street.

Small Mouth Sounds tells the story of six strangers who escape their harried urban lifestyles for a silent retreat. With few exceptions, the characters interact mostly in silence. “Both the humor and the pathos spring mostly from wordless interaction,” the New York Times raved of the 2015 production, “Which is testimony to Ms. Wohl’s intrepid writing, to the superb acting and to the precise work of the production’s director, Rachel Chavkin.”

In its review of last year’s production, Variety wrote, “Small Mouth Sounds, in a flawless production directed by Rachel Chavkin … feels like a holiday outing, a minimalist piece of experimental theater that casts the audience as voyeurs in an entertaining adventure that gradually darkens into tragedy.”

Chavkin has had a busy 12 months working on a range of projects, including a production of Anne Washburn’s Iphigenia in Aulis at Classic Stage Company; Marco Ramirez’s The Royale at Lincoln Center Theater, for which she recently received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Director; and the upcoming Hadestown: A Folk Opera, with singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, at New York Theatre Workshop. Chavkin is also slated to direct the Broadway production of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, which she has shepherded to great success at various theatres since 2012; the much-acclaimed musical, with music and libretto by Dave Malloy, will go into previews in October.

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