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The Sound Inside

The Sound Inside

By Adam Rapp
Imprint: Theatre Communications Group
Paperback : 9781559369770, 96 pages, January 2020


When Bella Baird, an isolated creative writing professor at Yale, begins to mentor a brilliant but enigmatic student, Christopher, the two form an unexpectedly intense bond. As their lives and the stories they tell about themselves become intertwined in unpredictable ways, Bella makes a surprising request of Christopher. Brimming with suspense, Rapp’s riveting play explores the limits of what one person can ask of another.


"A brutally beautiful fable about how writers live to write?and then forget to live. "

- David Cote, Observer

"Rarely have form and function combined with such compelling revelation and persuasion as they do in Adam Rapp's haunting, unsentimental two-character play. "

- The Berkshire Eagle

“The closest thing that the American theater currently has to a David Foster Wallace, Rapp can give you the head rush of sophisticated literary allusion and unreliable narrative trickery à la Dostoevsky, and yet talk of Plano, Illinois, and let you know that he knows exactly how it feels…A gripping stunner of a play. "

- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

"Hypnotic and confoundingly dramatic. .. Will take your breath away. "

- Marilyn Stasio, Variety

"An astonishing play. .. Flawless. "

- Jesse Green, New York Times