The Sound Inside

The Sound Inside

Playwright Adam Rapp was commissioned by Lincoln Center Theater to write this scintillating two-hander, which originally staged its world premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival during the summer of 2018. The production, under the direction of Tony Award winner David Cromer starred Tony, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Mary-Louise Parker as Yale creative writing professor Bella Baird, opposite Will Hochman as her gifted student Christopher Dunn. Hailed by The New York Times as “an astonishing new play,” the production transfers to Broadway, courtesy of Lincoln Center Theater, Jeffrey Richards and Rebecca Gold, for a limited engagement at Studio 54, reuniting Parker, Hochman and director David Cromer.

Adam Rapp’s previous work includes Red Light Winter, a 2006 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling, and Essential Self-Defense, among others, and The Sound Inside marks the playwright’s long-overdue Broadway debut.

Mary-Louise Parker is already considered a stage veteran, having appeared regularly both on and off-Broadway. She is a 2001 Tony Award winner for her performance in Proof and also earned Tony nominations for her efforts in Reckless in 2005 and for her Broadway debut in Prelude to a Kiss in 1990. Her many Off-Broadway credits include an Obie and Lucille Lortel Award-winning turn in How I Learned to Drive and she is internationally known for her Golden Globe-winning role on Showtime’s “Weeds,” as well as her recurring role on NBC’s “The West Wing” and her Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning portrayal of Harper Pitt in HBO’s acclaimed TV adaptation of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. She is also widely recognised for starring opposite Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren in the 2010 hit movie “RED” and its 2013 sequel “RED 2.”

Parker wowed audiences and critics alike in her last two-hander on Broadway, Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of Heisenberg by Simon Stephens, so, why not book yourselves in for another master class?

(Photos by Jeremy Daniel)

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Running time: 
1hr 30mins (no intermission)
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About The Sound Inside:

A Tenured Professor. A Talented Student. A Troubling Favor. The riveting and enthralling new play The Sound Inside is a stunningly suspenseful piece of theatre that proves: everyone has a story—the question is how it ends.


Adam Rapp
Jeffrey Richards, Lincoln Center Theater and Rebecca Gold
David Cromer
Heather Gilbert
Daniel Kluger
Alexander Woodward
David Hyman
Cast list:
Mary-Louise Parker (as Bella) and Will Hochman (as Christopher)
Other info:
Original Music by Daniel Kluger and Projection Design by Aaron Rhyne
The Sound Inside Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
September 14, 2019
Opening date: 
October 17, 2019
January 12, 2020

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Studio 54

254 West 54th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10019
Nearest subway station:
7th Avenue
Seating Plan:

Latest The Sound Inside News & Features

Photo credit: Will Hochman and Mary-Louise Parker (Photo by Jeremy Daniel)
‘The Sound Inside’ to be adapted into audio play
February 2, 2021

After a 2019 engagement at Studio 54, The Sound Inside will be adapted into an audio play, it has been announced. Mary-Louise Parker and Will Hochman will reprise their performances once more, available to download from March 18. Adam Rapp’s play follows Bella, a tenured professor and a student named Christopher. Immediately, they become close with one another when it’s discovered Christopher is somewhat of a young prodigy. Drawn to one another, they write each other’s stories, but when Bella asks Christopher to do the unthinkable, Christopher must decide whether to change his life.

Mary-Louise Parker & Will Hochman in The Sound Inside
A New York Theatre Guide to... The Sound Inside!
November 15, 2019

Following an acclaimed world premiere production at Williamstown Theatre Festival in the summer of 2018 (and a glowing review in The New York Times to boot), the intense two-hander drama The Sound Inside has landed on the Great White Way. The transfer marks the long-overdue Broadway debut for Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Adam Rapp and defies Broadway preconceptions. Sometimes, less is indeed more, folks! The Sound Inside began its limited run at Studio 54 on September 14, officially opening on October 17.   Mary-Louise Parker & Will Hochman What’s it all about?

Will Hochman & Mary-Louise Parker
New York Theatre Guide at the Opening Night of The Sound Inside on Broadway
October 19, 2019

On Thursday evening, the New York Theatre Guide was on hand to celebrate the official opening of perhaps the most gripping two-hander Broadway has seen in a long, long while, as well as the long overdue Broadway debut of playwright Adam Rapp. We're talking about the Broadway premiere of The Sound Inside, of course, which marks the return of Tony, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Mary-Louise Parker to the New York stage and the first of two theatrical outings for the popular star this season. Ms.

Mary-Louise Parker in The Sound Inside
Official Broadway production photos released for The Sound Inside, starring Mary-Louise Parker
October 8, 2019

Producers of the Broadway premiere of Pulitzer Prize Finalist Adam Rapp's new play The Sound Inside have now released official production photography. The new shots depict Tony, Golden Globe & Emmy Award winner Mary-Louise Parker and her co-star Will Hochman reprising their respective roles as Bella and Christopher from the 2018 Williamstown Theatre Festival world premiere. Mary-Louise Parker & Will Hochman Mary-Louise Parker & Will Hochman Will Hochman & Mary-Louise Parker Mary-Louise Parker Will Hochman & Mary-Louise Parker

Our The Sound Inside Review

Who said critics don't matter anymore? Adam Rapp's The Sound Inside got a rave review from Jesse Green in the New York Times when it premiered at Berkshire's powerhouse Williamstown Theatre Festival in northwest Massachusetts in July 2018, and now it has been propelled on to a Broadway transfer to Studio 54, under the auspices of Lincoln Centre Theater and some 17 commercial producing partners... Read more