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Audible Questionnaire with Mary-Louise Parker

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Interview: Mary-Louise Parker Reprises One of Her Most Challenging Roles in 'The Sound Inside'

'I'm going to get into the cage with the lion again every night.'
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  • The Sound Inside
  • 'I'm going to get into the cage with the lion again every night.'

About the Creator

Adam Rapp is the author of numerous plays, which include The Sound Inside (Broadway, WTF), Nocturne (ART, New York Theatre Workshop), Finer Noble Gases (Rattlestick, Edinburgh Fringe, Fringe First Award), Kindness (Playwrights Horizons), The Metal Children (The Vineyard), The Hallway Trilogy (Rattlestick), Blackbird (The Bush, Edge Theatre), Stone Cold Dead Serious (A.R.T., Edge Theatre), and Red Light Winter (Steppenwolf, Barrow Street Theatre), for which he won Chicago’s Jeff Award, an OBIE, and was named a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize. His playwriting honors include The Helen Merrill Prize, The Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation Award.

About the Director

David Cromer is director and actor originally from Chicago, currently based in New York. As a director, his New York credits include The Sound Inside (Broadway); The Band’s Visit (Atlantic Theater Company, Broadway & National Tour); the Broadway revivals of Brighton Beach Memoirs and The House of Blue Leaves; The Treasurer (Playwrights Horizons); Man from Nebraska (Second Stage Theatre); The Effect, Orson’s Shadow, and Tribes (Barrow Street Theatre); Women or Nothing (Atlantic Theater Company); Really Really (MCC Theater); When the Rain Stops Falling and Nikolai and the Others (Lincoln Center Theater); and Adding Machine (Minetta Lane Theatre). Other directing credits include BUG (Steppenwolf Theatre Company) Next to Normal (Writers Theatre); Come Back, Little Sheba (Huntington Theatre Company); The Sound Inside (Williamstown Theatre Festival); and Our Town in London, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and Kansas City. As an actor, he recently appeared on Broadway as Howard Fine in the 2018 production of The Waverly Gallery. Prior to that, he appeared on Broadway as Karl Lindner in the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun, and Off-Broadway as the Stage Manager in Our Town, which he also directed, at the Barrow Street Theatre. He appeared in the HBO series The Newsroom, the Showtime series Billions, and in the motion picture The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected). Cromer has received a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, three Obie Awards, three Lucille Lortel Awards, a Joe A. Callaway Award, four Jeff Awards, and in 2010 was made a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.

About the Performers

Mary-Louise Parker was last seen in Adam Rapp’s The Sound Inside on Broadway (which she originally appeared in at the Williamstown Theater Festival), for which she is nominated for a Tony Award for Lead Actress in a Play. She will next be seen on stage in Spring of 2022 in the Broadway Revival of How I Learned to Drive, in the role which she originated off-Broadway (Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award and an Outer Critics Circle nomination).
She also originated roles in the first productions of Proof (Tony Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Lucille Lortel, Obie, and New York Magazine Awards, T. Schreiber Award), Prelude to a Kiss (Tony Award nomination, Theatre World Award, The Clarence Derwent Award, Drama Desk nomination), Heisenberg, The Snow Geese, Four Dogs and a Bone, and Babylon Gardens, and in the American premieres of The Art of Success and Communicating Doors. Her other theater credits include Reckless (where she earned her third Tony Award nomination), Hedda Gabler, Bus Stop, The Importance of Being Earnest, Up in Saratoga, Hay Fever, and others. She was a member of Circle Rep Theater Company and a founding member of the Edge Theater.
Television: Weeds (Golden Globe award, four additional nominations, three Emmy nominations, six SAG nominations), Angels in America (Emmy Award, Golden Globe, Satellite Award), The West Wing (Emmy nomination), The Robber Bride (Emmy nomination), Mr. Mercedes, When We Rise, Billions, Sugar Time, Saint Maybe, A Place for Annie, and others.
Film: Red Sparrow, Golden Exits, R.I.P.D, Red and Red 2, Behaving Badly, Pipe Dream, Chronically Metropolitan, Longtime Companion, Grand Canyon, Fried Green Tomatoes, Naked in New York, The Client, Bullets Over Broadway, Boys on the Side, Reckless, The Five Senses, Saved!, Romance & Cigarettes, Red Dragon, Solitary Man, Howl, and others.
Also a writer, Parker was an on-staff contributor at Esquire magazine for over a decade, and has written for The New York Times, O Magazine, Bullet, Bust, Hemispheres, The Riveter, In Style, and others. Her first book, Dear Mr. You, was translated into multiple languages and included on the San Francisco Chronicle’s list of best books of the year. The audiobook was nominated for best narration by the Audio Publishers Association.
Photo Credit: Jason Bell

About the Performers

Will Hochman made his Broadway debut in Adam Rapp's The Sound Inside, a critically acclaimed two-person drama opposite Mary-Louise Parker, directed by David Cromer. Other theatre includes Sweat at the Mark Taper Forum in LA, The Sound Inside at the Williamstown Theatre Festival (original cast), and Dead Poets Society at the Classic Stage Company (original cast). Film and television credits include Let Him Go for Focus Features, Critical Thinking, directed by John Leguizamo, the independent film Master, HBO's Paterno, and a recurring role as Detective Joe Hill on the CBS drama Blue Bloods.
Photo Credit: Sham Hinchey

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Shockingly captivating

I loved it, not at all expected...but there is the ache in my chest that is familiar after a really good book.

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Not sure if this is as great as people think..

If this book was any longer than it was, I wouldn’t have finished. Great performances, but the dialogue was so abrasive I almost turned it off.
Also it’s got lots of details on how to commit suicide... doesn’t sit well with me knowing that there are people who might have gained harmful information from the book. Overall, would NOT recommend.

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Beautiful

Do yourself a favor. Get comfortable for an hour and a half. Loose yourself.

Amazing performance. I'll always cherish the 90 minutes.

Listen.

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Funny, sad and surprising

Listen. Beautiful character, surprising storyline. Beautiful, deep, ironic literature. Hit every emotional note, everything painful, true and glorious humanity experiences in life. Esoteric and intellectual but accessible.

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Original idea

Didn’t like Jessica’s narration in beginning. Too stilted. We don’t realize she is dictating while she is writing. I get used to it when she does it later Writer should have explained scene better
The story jumps around too much
The Professor should have realized the student was beginning schizophrenia and checked up on his actions sooner and gotten him help but she is too self involved. Story is not for the mentally disturbed The writer must take more responsibility for his book’s consequences
In the epilogue This is a tragedy not a drama

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A grim little tale

I started listening to this book because of the rave reviews from other listeners. I really don’t know what they saw in this story. It is well performed but the characters are so unlikable and their lives so lost. I kept listening hoping for some redemption but I hoped in vain!

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Unexpected, Thought-provoking, and Infinitely Personalizable

I had no idea what to expect and was intrigued by the idea of insight into a professional singleton.

The performance is engrossing and the characters both real and gauzy.

A delightful distraction that will have you reflecting and thinking for some time.

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Unexpectedly wonderful.

I grabbed this as a distraction, thinking it could fill the silence this afternoon. I found myself connected and fully engaged. The dialog is amazing, performance by both actors provide layers of nuance beyond the words. So good.

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Haunting & unexpected

This story is an unexpected journey. I did not expect to have so much woven into it based on the length. I’m not sure if I devoured the story or if it devoured me. Since this was my first Adam Rapp piece, I can’t wait to discover the others.

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Brilliant!

It broke my heart and gave me hope all at once.
(I don’t need four more words, Audible, thank you)

5 people found this helpful