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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.


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

- Marilyn Stasio, Variety

"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

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

- David Cote, Observer

"An astonishing play... Flawless."

- Jesse Green, New York Times