When Bella Baird, an isolated creative writing professor at Yale, begins to mentor a brilliant but enigmatic student named 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 that neither knows if he can fulfill. Brimming with suspense, Rapp’s riveting play explores the limits of what one person can ask of another.
The Sound Inside premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2018, and opened on Broadway at Studio 54 on 17 October 2019, directed by David Cromer and starring Mary-Louise Parker and Will Hochman. The Broadway production ran for 100 performances, closing on 12 January 2020.