Sotto Voce

By Nilo Cruz
Directed by José Carrasquillo
October 3-29, 2017      

Love transcends all borders in Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz’s passionate and lyrical Sotto Voce. A young Cuban man’s research into the fate of the S.S. St. Louis leads him to a reclusive writer who refuses to talk about the ship of Jewish refugees that fled Nazi Germany only to be denied entry into both Cuba and the United States. As he strives to uncover the mysteries she’s hiding, an old romance is relived and a new one blossoms.

This dreamlike sonata explores the plight of the refugee, the resilience of love, and the sensuality of imagination.

“Elegant production…a delicate literary excursion…Brigid Cleary is incandescent as Bemadette.”—Washington Post

Running time: 1 hour and 50 minutes, with intermission

Presented in association with


Set Design: Tom Kamm
Costume Design: Ivania Stack
Lighting Design : Christopher Annas-Lee
Sound Design: Brendon Vierra
Projection Design: Paul Deziel
Props Master: Kevin Laughon
Casting Director:  Jenna Duncan
Dialect/Vocal Coach: Tonya Beckman
Production Stage Manager:  Kate Kilbane
Assistant Stage Manager:  Jessica Soriano

All events are free and open to everyone except where noted otherwise. All events and times subject to change. Please check this page for up-to-date announcements.

Date Discussion
Sunday, October 15 following 2:00 PM matinee Sunday Symposium
Remembering the St. Louis: A Jewish Response to Today’s Refugee Crisis

In early June 1939, the U.S. turned away the MS St. Louis, a boat populated by over 900 Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust. What does this mean for us today? Join Mark Hetfield, president and CEO at HIAS, to learn more about the global refugee crisis and to explore how Jewish values and history call on us to respond – both here in the U.S., and internationally. HIAS is the world’s oldest, and only Jewish, global refugee agency.
Thursday, October 19 following 7:30 PM performance Talkback with the cast of Sotto Voce
Sunday, October 22 following the 2:00 PM matinee Creative Conversation
Telling the Story: The Intersection of Art and History
Join us for a conversation with U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum historian Scott Miller and Sotto Voce director José Carrasquillo as we discuss what happens when history and art – and the professionals behind both – come together to show the human consequences of abstract policy.

Melanie and Larry Nussdorf
Sponsoring Actor Brigid Cleary

Patty Abramson and Les Silverman
Sponsoring Scenic Designer Tom Kamm

Howard Menaker and Patrick Gossett
Mita M. Schaffer and Tina Martin
Joan S. Wessel




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