BY BESS WOHL
WHEN: August 29 – September 23, 2018
“A play that leaves you moved, refreshed, and yes, maybe even a little enlightened.” – The New York Times
Artistic Director Ryan Rilette opens Round House’s 41st season with a remarkable theatrical experience. A weeklong silent retreat in the woods proves to be anything but tranquil for six restless souls in search of enlightenment. Guided by the disembodied voice of an increasingly unhinged guru, the group struggles to find relevance in their own intentions. As the week progresses, they discover inner peace isn’t all that peaceful, especially when you’re spending most of your time trying to relate to the people around you … or avoiding the threat of bears. Played with equal parts humor and tenderness, Small Mouth Sounds examines all the aching, awkward, and awesome ways humans break barriers in order to connect with each other. Content Advisory: This production contains full-frontal male nudity.
Katie deBuys (Alicia) makes a joyful return to Round House after playing Jane in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly, Aimee in The Night Alive, May in Fool for Love, and Kate in Seminar (Helen Hayes nomination). Other local credits include The Winter’s Tale, Henry V, The Conference of the Birds and The Gaming Table at The Folger Shakespeare Theatre; The How and the Why at Theater J; Stupid F***ing Bird and In the Next Room or the vibrator play at Woolly Mammoth; Measure for Measure at Shakespeare Theatre Company; A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Tchaikovsky: Mad But for Music with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; and Aladdin’s Luck at Imagination Stage. Regionally, she has performed at Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Capital T Theater in Austin, Texas, and at the Texas Shakespeare Festival. Katie holds a B.S. in Theatre from Northwestern University and an M.F.A. in Acting from The University of Texas at Austin.
Timothy Douglas (Teacher) is indeed tickled to make his Round House acting debut where he has directed five productions and currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. Acting credits include stints at Yale Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Rep, Victory Gardens and off-Broadway, and most recently in productions of Tempest (opposite Olympia Dukakis), King Lear and Alls Well That Ends Well for Shakespeare & Company where he has been a member since 1986. Timothy is also a Linklater-designated voice instructor and has served on the faculties of ACT, USC, DePaul, Denver Center, Birmingham School of Acting (UK), and New Zealand Drama School. He holds his MFA in acting from Yale School of Drama, and will return to the director’s seat at Round House for the upcoming August Wilson’s Gem Of The Ocean.
Maboud Ebrahimzadeh (Rodney) is thrilled to begin his residency at Round House with Small Mouth Sounds. Previous Round House credits include: The Book of Will and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. REGIONAL: Murder on the Orient Express at Hartford Stage; Disgraced and Murder on the Orient Express at McCarter Theatre; Disgraced at Milwaukee Rep; The Invisible Hand [Barrymore Award for Outstanding Lead Actor] at Theatre Exile; The Liar at Gulfshore Playhouse; and The Container at Center Stage. DC:The Price at Arena Stage; The Invisible Hand at Olney Theatre Center; Mockingbird at Kennedy Center; Timon of Athens and Julius Caesar at Folger Theatre; Water by the Spoonful and Edgar & Annabel at Studio Theatre; and The Pillowman, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Bobrauschenbergamerica, and Scorched at Forum Theatre. FILM/TV: Jessica Jones, Imperium, and Sally Pacholok.
Michael Glenn (Ned) is excited to be returning to Round House, having previously appeared in Stage Kiss and This. A Washington-based actor for the last two decades, Michael has appeared on nearly every area stage. Some favorite past credits include: The School for Lies at Shakespeare Theatre; Baskerville and Good People at Arena Stage; Brighton Beach Memoirs at Theatre J; Sense & Sensibility (Helen Hayes award for Outstanding Ensemble) and Arcadia at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre; Marjorie Prime at Olney Theatre; Clybourne Park at Woolly Mammoth; The Lieutenant of Inishmore at Signature Theatre; Cat’s Cradle and The Hothouse with Longacre Lea; A Skull in Connemara and Major Barbara (Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor) at the Washington Stage Guild.
Beth Hylton (Joan) is very happy to return to Round House after appearing as Liz in Handbagged and Gwen in Rapture, Blister, Burn. Beth is a company member of Baltimore’s Everyman Theatre: some favorite recent performances include Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Rosemary in Outside Mullingar, and Marie Antoinette in The Revolutionists. DC-area credits include Appropriate and Collective Rage at Woolly Mammoth, The Heidi Chronicles at Rep Stage, as well as productions at Ford’s and Olney. Favorite regional performances include Amanda in Private Lives at PICT, Nora in A Doll’s House at Gulfshore Playhouse, Elvira in Blithe Spirit at Delaware Theatre Company and The Woman in The 39 Steps at The Maltz-Jupiter. Also: PlayMakers Rep, Kennedy Theatre NC, Weston Playhouse, Public Theatre of Maine. In NYC, Beth was a founding ensemble member of The Ground Floor Theatre Lab. Training: MFA UNC-Chapel Hill PATP.
Andrea Harris Smith (Judy) is delighted to make her Round House Theatre debut. Credits include Our Town at Olney Theatre Center; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pericles, Les Blancs, and Chicago at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Mules at Magic Theatre, San Francisco; Blues for an Alabama Sky [Critics Circle Award] at TheatreWorks, Bay Area. International credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, and Love’s Labour’s Lost at Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon and West End; To Kill a Mockingbird at Birmingham Rep/West Yorkshire Playhouse; Film: Last Chance Harvey . TV: “Doctor Who” (BBC). Andrea trained at A.C.T. (American Conservatory Theater) in San Francisco and The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the UK.
James Whalen (Jan) is delighted to be back at Round House for Small Mouth Sounds. He was last seen as Aidan in NSFW. Other area credits include The Little Foxes at Arena Stage; The Argument and Race at Theatre J; Colossal and Da at Olney Theatre Center; True West and Boeing Boeing at Rep Stage; Ghosts, Tribes, The Dresser, The Beaux’ Stratagem, Time Stands Still, and Betrayal at Everyman Theatre; Hamlet for We Happy Few; Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center; STAY and Two Bit Taj-Mahal for Theatre for the First Amendment; and Dracula at Actors Theatre of Louisville. He has also worked with The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Open Circle Theatre, and St. Mark’s and the Chernukin Theatres in New York. Film and TV credits include “House of Cards,” “VEEP,” “I Love You But I Lied,” Raltat, Money Matters, and A Beautiful Mind. He earned his MFA at The Catholic University of America and is a proud member of Actors Equity.