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September 6 — October 1

Writing professor Bella Baird stands before the audience, ready to tell her latest story, but not everything is as it seems – not every detail fits together. When she meets a surprising new student, their fateful encounter threatens to upend Bella’s quiet, everyday life. Adam Rapp’s twisting 90-minute mystery “thrillingly unfurls like a series of puzzle boxes” (Los Angeles Times), and will remind you that everyone is writing their own story — but is everyone a reliable narrator?

“An astonishing new play. For 90 minutes, you are dying to know what will happen.”

-New York Times

by Adam Rapp

90 Minutes
No Intermission



Writing professor Bella Baird stands before the audience, ready to tell her latest story, but not everything is as it seems – not every detail fits together. When she meets a surprising new student, their fateful encounter threatens to upend Bella’s quiet, everyday life. Adam Rapp’s twisting 90-minute mystery “thrillingly unfurls like a series of puzzle boxes” (Los Angeles Times), and will remind you that everyone is writing their own story — but is everyone a reliable narrator?

“An astonishing new play. For 90 minutes, you are dying to know what will happen.”

-New York Times
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Amy Brenneman

Amy Brenneman


Amy Brenneman

Amy is an accomplished actress, director, producer and activist. America first took notice of Amy during her time as a recurring regular on NYPD Blue where her performance earned her two Emmy Award nominations. She went on to co-create, star and produce the hit drama series Judging Amy, for which she garnered three Golden Globe Award nominations, three Emmy Award nominations, a People’s Choice Award nomination, as well as a SAG Award nomination. Previous television credits include Amazon Prime’s Tell Me Your Secrets, HBO’s The Leftovers, Amazon Prime’s Goliath, and Shonda Rhimes’ Private Practice. Amy can be seen in Apple TV+’s Shining Girls with Elisabeth Moss and FX’s The Old Man opposite Jeff Bridges and John Lithgow, which was renewed for a second season.

Anders Keith

Anders Keith


Anders Keith

Anders hails from South Pasadena, CA and found an early love for theater at the local Pasadena children’s theater, Theater 360. After attending South Pasadena High School, he went across the country to NY, where he studied at the prestigious Drama Program at Juilliard. Shortly after graduating, he booked his first professional job as a series regular on the Paramount+ reboot of the hit sitcom, Frasier. Anders will play Frasier’s nephew and the show will premiere this fall. Anders currently resides in Los Angeles.

Creative Team

Adam Rapp (Playwright)

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Adam Rapp is the author of numerous plays, which include Nocturne (American Repertory Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop), Finer Noble Gases (26th Humana Festival), Stone Cold Dead Serious (A.R.T.), Blackbird (Bush Theatre, London), Essential Self-Defense (Playwrights Horizons/Edge Theatre), Kindness (Playwrights Horizons), The Metal Children (Vineyard Theatre), The Hallway Trilogy (Rattlestick Theater), The Edge of Our Bodies (36th Humana Festival), Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling (Atlantic Theater Company), Through the Yellow Hour (Rattlestick Theater), Wolf in the River (The Flea Theater), The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois (Atlantic Theater Company) and Red Light Winter (Steppenwolf, Barrow Street Theatre), for which he won Chicago’s Jeff Award for Best New Work, an Obie Award, and was named a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize. He made his Broadway debut with The Sound Inside (Studio 54), which received a 2020 Outer Critics Circle Honor for Outstanding New Broadway Play. The Sound Inside was commissioned by Lincoln Center and received its world premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

His playwriting honors include Boston’s Elliot Norton Award, The Helen Merrill Prize, The 2006 Princess Grace Statue, a Lucille Lortel Playwright’s Fellowship, the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation Award, and The Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Cameron Watson (Director)

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Cameron, a multiple award-winning theater director and filmmaker, has carved a unique career that crosses over many genres and formats. He helmed the American premiere of Daf James’ On the Other Hand, We’re Happy at Rogue Machine Theatre, which was named “Best Theatre of 2022” by the Los Angeles Times and won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Production. Cameron returns to Pasadena Playhouse having directed It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street. At Antaeus Theatre Company, Cameron directed The Little Foxes, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Picnic, and Top Girls, and will be directing Nora there next spring. Other credits include Beloved and Stupid Kid at The Road Theatre; The City of Conversation at Ensemble Theatre Company; All My Sons at the Matrix Theatre; Trying, On Golden Pond, The Savannah Disputation, and Grace & Glorie at the Colony Theatre; I Never Sang for My Father at the New American Theatre; I Capture the Castle at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; and Rolling with Laughter in London’s West End. He is a recent recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Achievement in Directing. Cameron wrote and directed the Miramax feature film Our Very Own, starring Allison Janney in an Independent Spirit Award-nominated performance. He created, wrote and directed the hit comedy series Break a Hip, which garnered Christina Pickles a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actress.

Tesshi Nakagawa (Scenic Design)

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Tesshi is excited to return to Pasadena Playhouse, where he previously designed Uncle Vanya. Hailing from Tokyo, Japan, Tesshi has been working in Theater, Film, and Commercial industry as a Scenic Designer/Art Director. His theater work has been seen at A Noise Within, Boston Court Pasadena, South Coast Repertory, Lewis Family Playhouse, Sierra Madre Playhouse, East West Players, Los Angeles Theater Center, and International City Theater. He is currently an adjunct professor at East Los Angeles College. Graduate of UCLA.

Danyele E. Thomas (Costume Design)

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Danyele is an Los Angeles based Costume Designer, Assistant Costume Designer, Wardrobe Stylist, and Jewelry Designer with design credits and collaborations at Pasadena Playhouse, Los Angeles Opera, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Robey Theatre Connect, and others. She is also a member of the Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 768.

Jared A. Sayeg (Lighting Design)

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Jared recently designed A Little Night Music for Pasadena Playhouse. He is a recipient of the Ovation and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Kinetic Lighting Award, and his designs for theater, opera, musicals, ballet, themed attractions, exhibits, and architectural installations have been seen throughout the world. Jared designed The Illusionists on Broadway and National Tours. Regionally, he’s designed for Center Theatre Group, South Coast Repertory, McCoy Rigby Entertainment, International City Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, 5-Star Theatricals, Phoenix Theatre Company, Reprise Theatre Company, Ensemble Theatre Company, Laguna Playhouse, Virginia Stage Company, 5th Avenue Theatre. Notable projects include four seasons with LA Opera, lighting Pope Benedict XVI in New York City, and the USA International Ballet Competitions. Jared became the youngest member of the United Scenic Artist-Local 829 and serves as Vice Chair to the executive board.

For Pasadena Playhouse: A Little Night Music; Sunday in the Park with George; Ragtime; Gather; Our Town; It’s A Wonderful Life; Shout Sista Shout; Ham!; Casa Valentina; Breaking Through; Kiss Me, Kate; Under My Skin; Art; Blues for An Alabama Sky; South Street.

Jeff Gardner (Sound Design)

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Jeff is an award-winning sound designer, foley artist, and actor. Pasadena Playhouse: Miracle On 34th Street, It’s A Wonderful Life. Select credits include; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in The Universe at the Mark Taper Forum; In the Upper Room at Denver Center for the Performing Arts; Paradise Blue at Geffen Playhouse. Elsewhere: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, DC), Arena Stage, The Kennedy Center, Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Los Angeles: Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, A Noise Within, Circle X Theatre, Echo Theater Company, Antaeus Theatre Company, IAMA Theatre Company. Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award, Stage Raw and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award winner. Jeff can be seen at L.A. Theatre Works where he regularly performs live sound effects.

Alyssa Escalante (Stage Manager)

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Alyssa is thrilled to return to Pasadena Playhouse. Previous Pasadena Playhouse credits: Stew and Hold These Truths. Other credits: The Mountaintop, The First Deep Breath, A Wicked Soul in Cherry Hill (Geffen Playhouse); What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank (The Old Globe); Spamilton (Musical Theatre West); All’s Well That Ends Well (A Noise Within); Lizastrata (Troubadour Theatre Company); Hamilton (Eliza Tour at the Pantages); The Bacchae (SITI Company); Fireflies, M. Butterfly, Photograph 51, Culture Clash (Still) in America (South Coast Repertory); A Streetcar Named Desire, Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles, Happy Days (Boston Court Pasadena). Alyssa is based in Los Angeles and a proud alumnus of Occidental College. Thanks to Mom, Dad & Minerva

David S. Franklin (Assistant Stage Manager)

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David is thrilled to be returning to the Playhouse, where past productions include, The Father, Stoneface, Defiance, Showtune (The Music of Jerry Herman), and Sisterella to name a few. Over at Center Theatre Group, highlights include: An Enemy of the People, Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème, Curtains, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Two Unrelated Plays by David Mamet, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, God of Carnage, Red, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Bent, Zoot Suit, Archduke, Linda Vista, King James, The Old Man and the Pool, The Secret Garden, and A Transparent Musical. Other Los Angeles: Los Angeles Theatre Center in its heyday from 1985–1990, the Geffen Playhouse. Regional: Seattle Rep, Intiman Theatre. New York: The Public Theater. Tours: Europe – Quotations from a Ruined City, The Law of Remains (with Reza Abdoh’s Dar a Luz company).

Ryan Bernard Tymensky, CSA (RBT Casting)

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Ryan has had the pleasure of casting over ten shows at the Playhouse in the last six years, showcasing a diverse range of productions such as Sunday In The Park With George, Little Shop of Horrors, Head Over Heels, Sanctuary City, Ragtime, and many more. In addition to theater, Ryan has also made significant casting contributions to the film and television industry. Their portfolio includes notable TV and film projects such as the Wicked movies, This Is Us, Atypical, Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration, And Just Like That.., and Dear Evan Hansen. Ryan puts inclusion and diversity at the heart of everything they do. Their mission is to celebrate and actively advocate for performers who reflect the full spectrum of human diversity to help expand a multiplicity of narratives; narratives that reflect the real world we live in and challenge conventional boundaries that currently exist in the entertainment industry. @ryantymensky

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Special Performances

Open Captioning

Guests who enjoy open captioning may request to be seated in view of a video screen with text descriptions synchronized to the onstage action designed for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The Open Captioned performance of The Sound Inside will be on Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 2:00 PM.

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Talkback Tuesday

Join us immediately following the Tuesday, Sep 19 performance for a Q+A with Amy Brenneman, Anders Keith and The Sound Inside director Cameron Watson.

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