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The Quiet World

The Quiet World, based on Jefferey McDaniel’s poem of the same name, considers a world in which the government allows its citizens a maximum of 167 words per day, “in an effort to get people to look into each other’s eyes more.” Two young lovers’ inability to connect through language causes them to challenge the world in which they live.

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The Quiet World

2019

The Quiet World, based on Jefferey McDaniel’s poem of the same name, considers a world in which the government allows its citizens a maximum of 167 words per day, “in an effort to get people to look into each other’s eyes more.” Two young lovers’ inability to connect through language causes them to challenge the world in which they live.


Creative Team

Charles Sutton (director, choreographer)

Will Van Dyke (composer)

Matthew Greene (book)

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CHARLES SUTTON (director, choreographer) is a dancer and choreographer with more than a decade of Broadway experience. He has originated and danced in 10 Broadway shows, and has worked with Tony Award-winning directors and choreographers. Choreography credits: Evita (ACT), NOEL (VenueWorks Tour), Wringer (City Center Stage II), Gregorian (Soho Rep), Newsies (Theater By The Sea), Saturday Night Fever (Theater By The Sea), Young Charles Dickens (Mint Theater), Away Towards Home (Ensemble Studio Theater), Sherlock Holmes (development) and the co-artistic director for Working Artists Theatre Project. Associate choreographer credits: Diana (La Jolla Playhouse), The Who’s Tommy (Kennedy Center), Clueless (Off-Broadway), Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Beatsville (Asolo), and A Sign of the Times. Broadway credits: An American in Paris, Kinky Boots (Astaire Award nomination), How to Succeed in Business…, Lysistrata Jones, Catch Me If You Can, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Addams Family, Crybaby, La Cage aux Folles, Wicked. Visit CharlieSutton.net for more information.

 
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WILL VAN DYKE (composer) currently serves as the music supervisor and conductor of Pretty Woman on Broadway, which he also arranged and orchestrated. Compositions include Chasing The Day, i (Pioneer), The Gravedigger’s Lullaby (TACT), Writing Kevin Taylor (Village Theatre), Winnie the Pooh, KIDS (Disney), The Lion King Experience titles (Disney). Currently in development: Magnificent Climb with Rick Elice, Imagine Harry, Wintersong, Seven Broken Hearts, and The Circle and The Wheel with Jeff Talbott. Other music director credits include Kinky Boots, Rent, The Addams Family, Grease, and Wicked. Will orchestrated Andrew Lippa’s shows The Life of the Party (Menier Chocolate Factory) and The Man in the Ceiling (Bay Street). His albums Chasing the Day, Writing Kevin Taylor (2013 Concept Recording), and an executive producer with Jeff Talbott, A View of the River, are available wherever digital music is sold. With Annaleigh Ashford, he has recorded two original songs, “Another Time” (MAC nomination) and “A New Year”. With Matt Doyle, Will co-wrote and produced his albums Daylight, Constant, Make the Season Bright, and Uncontrolled. www.willvandyke.com

 
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MATTHEW GREENE (book) is a playwright, librettist, and lyricist whose works have been seen on both coasts and a few places in between. His play Thousand Pines had its world premiere at Westport Country Place, directed by Austin Pendleton. The autobiographical Good Standing played at Theater Row as part of the United Solo Theatre Festival and his play Gregorian premiered at Walker Space, produced by Working Artists Theatre Project. Adam and Steve and the Empty Sea had its sold-out world premiere at Plan B Theatre in January, where it was named Best Original Play by the 2013 Salt Lake City Arty Awards. It subsequently had a run at the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival and was presented as part of OUTReach’s LGBTQ Youth Summit. His other plays include Job Well Done (national finalist, American College Theatre Festival); Bread of Affliction (Society for the Study of Jewish American and Holocaust Literature); #Mormoninchief (New York International Fringe Festival). His film Boy with Blue was awarded Best of Fest at the Oceanside Film Festival. He spends his days working with Opening Act, an organization that provides theater education to underserved high schools. A California native and proud foster father, Matthew earned a B.A. in Theatre at Brigham Young University and currently lives in New York City.