The long-awaited return to live theatre arrives in Arvada as the Arvada Center today announced its first in-person play since the facility was closed on March 16, 2020. After receiving approval from the Actors’ Equity Association, the labor union representing American actors and stage managers in the theatre, the Arvada Center will stage the timely and poignant play, Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl.
Playing April 30 – May 30, Small Mouth Sounds was originally set to open last year just hours before the spread of COVID-19 forced a months-long closure. The Arvada Center is the first theatre in the region to receive approval by the Actors’ Equity Association to produce indoor theatre with an in-person audience.
With approval from Actors’ Equity, creative workers are able to return to work in a safe environment and earn contributions to health and pension.
Jake Mendes and Kevin Rich | Photo by Matthew Gale
Directed by Lynne Collins, Small Mouth Sounds is set in a silent yoga retreat where six strangers try desperately to connect despite their vows of silence. After a year of quarantine and social distancing, the Off-Broadway hit’s themes are more relatable than ever.
“This is ‘the little play that could,’ and we are thrilled to be able to share it with our audiences after having to abruptly cancel last year on opening night,” said Collins. “The play’s themes of wanting connection and creating meaning in our lives resonate even more so now after a year of keeping apart.”
The cast for Small Mouth Sounds includes Josh Robinson, Jessica Austgen, Kate Gleason, Geoffrey Kent, Jake Mendes, Kevin Rich and Annie Barbour.
In addition to director Lynne Collins, the Arvada Center creative team includes Brian Mallgrave (Scenic Design), Meghan Anderson Doyle (Costume Design), Shannon McKinney (Lighting Design), Jason Ducat (Sound Design).
Small Mouth Sounds has been moved from the Black Box Theatre to the larger Main Stage Theatre to ensure safe social distancing, and tickets are limited.