Small Mouth Sounds

Hertz Stage

By Bess Wohl
Directed by Susan V. Booth

In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six strangers in search of serenity meet at a silent wellness retreat for what they hope will be a life-changing five-day experience.  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. Filled with awkward and insightful humor, Small Mouth Sounds is a unique and compassionate new play that asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us. This Off-Broadway hit comedy and 2016 Critics’ Pick (The New York Times, New York Magazine, Time Out New York) is written by Drama Desk Award winner Bess Wohl (Pretty Filthy) and directed by Alliance Artistic Director Susan V. Booth (Ever After, Native Guard). The New York Times says, “It leaves you moved, refreshed and even enlightened.” And The Huffington Post calls it “a play unlike any other.”

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Hertz Stage

Hertz Stage view during The Whipping Man

The Alliance Theatre's Hertz Stage is a modern, 200-seat Black Box theatre. This versatile facility accommodates a number of distinct stage layouts.

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Cast

Jeremy Aggers (Jan) is so grateful to be returning to The Alliance for his eighth production. Jeremy is an Atlanta based actor and musician, as well as an accomplished audiobook narrator. Past Alliance credits include Edward Foote, Candide, Shakespeare in Love, Whipping Man, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, The Wizard of Oz and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Other recent Atlanta credits include This Wonderful Life (Aurora Theatre), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Georgia Ensemble), and Singles in Agriculture (Aurora Theatre). He has three albums of his music under the Brash Music label, and has narrated close to 300 audiobooks under Jeremy Arthur and other pseudonyms. All his love to KJW and AEWA.

Jeremy Aggers
Jeremy Aggers
Jan

Jeremy Aggers (Jan) is so grateful to be returning to The Alliance for his eighth production. Jeremy is an Atlanta based actor and musician, as well as an accomplished audiobook narrator. Past Alliance credits include Edward Foote, Candide, Shakespeare in Love, Whipping Man, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, The Wizard of Oz and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Other recent Atlanta credits include This Wonderful Life (Aurora Theatre), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Georgia Ensemble), and Singles in Agriculture (Aurora Theatre). He has three albums of his music under the Brash Music label, and has narrated close to 300 audiobooks under Jeremy Arthur and other pseudonyms. All his love to KJW and AEWA.

Owais Ahmed
Owais Ahmed
Rodney

Andrew Benator (Ned) Andrew’s most recent work at the Alliance was last season’s Crossing Delancey, and he was last seen on the Hertz Stage in 2010’s Tennis In Nablus. Other Alliance credits include: Troubadour, Disgraced, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, By The Way Meet Vera Stark, Good People, August: Osage County, Eurydice, and A Christmas Carol. In addition to Atlanta theaters, Andrew has worked off-Broadway as well as in San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, Pittsburgh, and Hartford. Film and TV credits includes The Founder, Game Night, Million Dollar Arm, “Amazing Stories”, “The Gifted”, “Stranger Things”, “Being Mary Jane”, and “House of Payne”.

Andrew Benator
Andrew Benator
Ned

Andrew Benator (Ned) Andrew’s most recent work at the Alliance was last season’s Crossing Delancey, and he was last seen on the Hertz Stage in 2010’s Tennis In Nablus. Other Alliance credits include: Troubadour, Disgraced, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, By The Way Meet Vera Stark, Good People, August: Osage County, Eurydice, and A Christmas Carol. In addition to Atlanta theaters, Andrew has worked off-Broadway as well as in San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, Pittsburgh, and Hartford. Film and TV credits includes The Founder, Game Night, Million Dollar Arm, “Amazing Stories”, “The Gifted”, “Stranger Things”, “Being Mary Jane”, and “House of Payne”.

Alexandra Ficken (Alicia) is thrilled to be back at the Alliance where she was last seen in Goodnight Tyler on the Hertz stage earlier this year. Born and raised in Atlanta, she is also a graduate of the University of Alabama with a B.A. in musical theatre and dance. Off-Broadway: Hell: Paradise Found (59E59). Alliance: Hand to God; The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe; In Love and Warcraft; Bike America. Atlanta: A Nice Family Christmas, Annie Get Your Gun (Stage Door Players), The Electric Baby, Pretty Girl Basket Toss (Weird Sisters Theatre Project), ThanksKilling the Musical (Dad's Garage), Grand Concourse (Horizon), fml: How Carson McCullers Saved My Life (7 Stages), Sherlock Holmes (Georgia Ensemble). TV/Film: "Vice Principals", "The Originals", POMS, The DUFF.  She would like to thank Susan, this incredible cast and crew, and the Alliance for this opportunity.

Alexandra Ficken
Alexandra Ficken
Alicia

Alexandra Ficken (Alicia) is thrilled to be back at the Alliance where she was last seen in Goodnight Tyler on the Hertz stage earlier this year. Born and raised in Atlanta, she is also a graduate of the University of Alabama with a B.A. in musical theatre and dance. Off-Broadway: Hell: Paradise Found (59E59). Alliance: Hand to God; The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe; In Love and Warcraft; Bike America. Atlanta: A Nice Family Christmas, Annie Get Your Gun (Stage Door Players), The Electric Baby, Pretty Girl Basket Toss (Weird Sisters Theatre Project), ThanksKilling the Musical (Dad's Garage), Grand Concourse (Horizon), fml: How Carson McCullers Saved My Life (7 Stages), Sherlock Holmes (Georgia Ensemble). TV/Film: "Vice Principals", "The Originals", POMS, The DUFF.  She would like to thank Susan, this incredible cast and crew, and the Alliance for this opportunity.

January LaVoy (Teacher) is thrilled to return to the Alliance in her new home city of Atlanta, where she is now an Assistant Professor of Acting at Emory University. Alliance: Native Guard, What I Learned in Paris. Broadway: ENRON. Off-Broadway: Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie, Wakey,Wakey, Funnyhouse of a Negro, Two Trains Running, Home, Measure for Measure, Wings, Coraline. Regional: Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, Pittsburgh Public, Wilma, City Theatre, Denver Center, Cape Playhouse. TV/Film: “N0S4A2”, “Elementary”, “Blue Bloods”, “Law & Order”, Noelle Ortiz on “One Life to Live”. VO: 250+ audiobooks, many national commercial campaigns, 4 Audie Awards, Audiofile Golden Voice. Januarylavoy.com

January LaVoy
January LaVoy
Teacher

January LaVoy (Teacher) is thrilled to return to the Alliance in her new home city of Atlanta, where she is now an Assistant Professor of Acting at Emory University. Alliance: Native Guard, What I Learned in Paris. Broadway: ENRON. Off-Broadway: Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie, Wakey,Wakey, Funnyhouse of a Negro, Two Trains Running, Home, Measure for Measure, Wings, Coraline. Regional: Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, Pittsburgh Public, Wilma, City Theatre, Denver Center, Cape Playhouse. TV/Film: “N0S4A2”, “Elementary”, “Blue Bloods”, “Law & Order”, Noelle Ortiz on “One Life to Live”. VO: 250+ audiobooks, many national commercial campaigns, 4 Audie Awards, Audiofile Golden Voice. Januarylavoy.com

Courtney Patterson (Joan) returns to the Alliance after appearing in several productions including A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Disgraced; Geller Girls; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; August: Osage County; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and A Christmas Carol. She has been on various stages around the city throughout her career (Georgia Shakespeare, Theatrical Outfit,Aurora Theatre, True Colors and Synchronicity). TV/Film: “The Walking Dead”, “Stuff You Should Know”, “Drop Dead Diva”, “Good Eats”,SuperIntelligence, Life of the Party, Anchorman 2, Let’s Be Cops, Trouble With the Curve. Much love to Nick, Javier, Susan, Mom and Dad. courtneypatterson.net

Courtney Patterson
Courtney Patterson
Joan

Courtney Patterson (Joan) returns to the Alliance after appearing in several productions including A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Disgraced; Geller Girls; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; August: Osage County; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and A Christmas Carol. She has been on various stages around the city throughout her career (Georgia Shakespeare, Theatrical Outfit,Aurora Theatre, True Colors and Synchronicity). TV/Film: “The Walking Dead”, “Stuff You Should Know”, “Drop Dead Diva”, “Good Eats”,SuperIntelligence, Life of the Party, Anchorman 2, Let’s Be Cops, Trouble With the Curve. Much love to Nick, Javier, Susan, Mom and Dad. courtneypatterson.net

Ericka Ratcliff (Judy) is excited to return to the Alliance Theatre where she most recently performed in A Midsummer's Night Dream. Previous credits include Steppenwolf, Second City, Chicago Shakespeare, Adrienne Arsht Center, Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens, Collaboraction, Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory, Pittsburgh Playwrights and touring throughout  Australia, London, and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the award winning play Funk It Up About Nothing. Her film and TV credits include Chiraq, Chicago Fire, The Unbornand the independent film Olympia. Ericka is an ensemble member with The House Theatre of Chicago and Congo Square Theatre and and artistic associate with Lookingglass Theatre. She is a graduate of Roosevelt University. Hello Atlanta!

Ericka Ratcliff
Ericka Ratcliff
Judy

Ericka Ratcliff (Judy) is excited to return to the Alliance Theatre where she most recently performed in A Midsummer's Night Dream. Previous credits include Steppenwolf, Second City, Chicago Shakespeare, Adrienne Arsht Center, Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens, Collaboraction, Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory, Pittsburgh Playwrights and touring throughout  Australia, London, and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the award winning play Funk It Up About Nothing. Her film and TV credits include Chiraq, Chicago Fire, The Unbornand the independent film Olympia. Ericka is an ensemble member with The House Theatre of Chicago and Congo Square Theatre and and artistic associate with Lookingglass Theatre. She is a graduate of Roosevelt University. Hello Atlanta!

Creative

CLAY BENNING has been the Alliance’s resident sound designer for 18 years and has designed more than 100 productions for the Alliance, including 29 world premieres, 31 musicals and 28 Theatre for Young Audiences productions. Recent works include HospiceWinnie the PoohNative Guard and Candide. He’s also done design work at Georgia Shakespeare, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Theatrical Outfit, Geva Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre and the Georgia Aquarium. Awards: Seven Suzi Bass awards for outstanding sound design with 14 nominations. Clay is a graduate of Presbyterian College (B.A.), the North Carolina School of the Arts (M.F.A.) and a member of IATSE/USA829 and TSDCA. 

Clay Benning
Clay Benning
Sound Designer

CLAY BENNING has been the Alliance’s resident sound designer for 18 years and has designed more than 100 productions for the Alliance, including 29 world premieres, 31 musicals and 28 Theatre for Young Audiences productions. Recent works include HospiceWinnie the PoohNative Guard and Candide. He’s also done design work at Georgia Shakespeare, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Theatrical Outfit, Geva Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre and the Georgia Aquarium. Awards: Seven Suzi Bass awards for outstanding sound design with 14 nominations. Clay is a graduate of Presbyterian College (B.A.), the North Carolina School of the Arts (M.F.A.) and a member of IATSE/USA829 and TSDCA. 

Skylar Burks
Skylar Burks
Stage Manager

Nicole Clockel (Costume Designer) is a costume designer, stitcher, and enthusiastic member of TYA/USA (Theatre for Young Audiences/USA). Designs include País deBicicleta, Ontario Was Here, Be Here Now (Aurora Theatre); Fun Home (Out of Box Theatre); A Year With Frog and Toad (remounted at Synchronicity Theatre); Parade, Feathers and Teeth (Kennesaw State University); A New Brain, Love's Labor's Lost (Zero Circle Theatre Company). Her sewing and craft skills have been seen on a tiny scale in several productions by the incredible folks at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Much love and gratitude to Ruby for always helping me keep perspective. 

Nicole Clockel
Nicole Clockel
Costume Designer

Nicole Clockel (Costume Designer) is a costume designer, stitcher, and enthusiastic member of TYA/USA (Theatre for Young Audiences/USA). Designs include País deBicicleta, Ontario Was Here, Be Here Now (Aurora Theatre); Fun Home (Out of Box Theatre); A Year With Frog and Toad (remounted at Synchronicity Theatre); Parade, Feathers and Teeth (Kennesaw State University); A New Brain, Love's Labor's Lost (Zero Circle Theatre Company). Her sewing and craft skills have been seen on a tiny scale in several productions by the incredible folks at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Much love and gratitude to Ruby for always helping me keep perspective. 

Lacey Erb
Lacey Erb
Lighting & Projections Designer
Leslie Taylor
Leslie Taylor
Scenic Designer

Director

Susan V. Booth
Susan V. Booth
Director

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