The Sound Inside

Will Hochman and Mary-Louise Parker in the 2019 Williamstown Theatre Festival production of "The Sound Inside." 

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NEW YORK — Ten Tony Award nominations have gone to three productions — "The Sound Inside," "Grand Horizons" and "The Rose Tattoo" — that originated at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Adam Rapp's "The Sound Inside" — produced at Williamstown July 2018 — and Beth Wohl's "Grand Horizons" — produced at Williamstown July 2019 — are among five nominees for best production of a play.

"The Sound Inside" also earned nominations for Mary-Louise Parker (leading role by an actress in a play) for her performance as an accomplished Ivy League university professor who becomes connected to a talented if also enigmatic student; David Cromer (direction of a play); Heather Gilbert (lighting of a play); Daniel Kluger (sound design of a play, and also best original score written for the theater).

In addition to its best play nomination, "Grand Horizons" — a co-commission with New York-based Second Stage — earned a nomination for Jane Alexander (featured role by an actress in a play) for her portrayal of a woman who, after settling into a retirement community with her husband of 50 years, suddenly decides she wants out of the marriage. 

Produced in June 2016, WTF's production of Tennessee Williams' "The Rose Tattoo," with Marisa Tomei, earned nominations for Clint Ramos (best costume design of a play, and Fitz Patton and Jason Webb (best original score written for the theater).

In a statement released by the theater, Festival Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield congratulated all the nominees and saluted "the incredible work of the entire American theatrical community in the abbreviated 2019-20 season. We are honored that 'The Sound Inside,' 'Grand Horizons,' and 'The Rose Tattoo' ... have been nominated this year.

"So many talented theater artists are included and celebrated at a time when theater artists need recognition and support. It's an honor for our work to be remembered in such wonderful, impactful company."

The other best play nominees are "The Inheritance," Matthew Lopez' epic two-part drama using E.M. Forster's novel, "Howards End," as the touchstone for a story about the interlinking lives of three generations of gay men; Simon Stephens and Nick Payne's "Sea Wall/A Life," two one-act monologues described as an exploration of "the beauty of life, the essence of family, and the meaning of love;" and Jeremy O. Harris' "Slave Play," a searing drama about race and sexuality in America.

The other nominees in Parker's category are Joaquina Kalukango, "Slave Play"; Laura Linney, "My Name is Lucy Barton"; and Audra McDonald, "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune." 

Also in Alexander's category are Chalia La Tour, "Slave Play"; Annie McNamara, "Slave Play"; Lois Smith, “The Inheritance"; and Cora Vander Broek, "Linda Vista."

Due to a truncated Broadway season brought on by COVID-19, this year's Tony Award nominations, announced Thursday in New York, were drawn from a field of only 18 eligible categories — 10 new plays, four new musicals, four play revivals — in 25 categories.

The awards ceremony will be broadcast digitally at a date to be announced sometime before the end of the year. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Broadway shut down that began earlier this year will continue until at least May 30.

Jeffrey Borak can be reached at jborak@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6212


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