IN Quietness

By Anna Moench. Directed by Danya Taymor

1/18 - 1/30, 2016 at Walkerspace 

A former consultant follows her born-again husband to a Southern Baptist seminary. There she enrolls as a student at the Homemaking House, the nation's premier training ground for future homemakers and a place where marital bliss means never having to say thank you for cleaning the toilet. Anna Moench's important and timely play takes a nuanced look at issues too often debated in a partisan way about women, men, their relationships, and the roles they take in society. 

Praise for In Quietness

Exquisite moments of vulnerability and strength exhibited on stage.
— RG Magazine
... brilliantly written script that raises many questions about gender roles in modern marriage.
— Applause, Applause
In Quietness dares to get deep and ask a lot of important questions.
— Theater Is Easy
Anna wrote a play that is smart, specific, relaxed, and un-apologetically character driven… but on paper the theatrical quality of that writing could easily be lost in direction. Danya deftly steers the writing into a type of poetry on stage. The play is slowly paced, but rhythmic, so the audience is never bored. These two women provide voices I hope to continue to see in the world of theater.
— RG Magazine
I was extremely impressed with the script written Anna Moench. It doesn’t bash religious beliefs but instead, simply represents them leaving it up to the audience to draw their own judgments and conclusions. Various gender roles in marriage are also explored. Danya Taymor did a fine job of directing this complex piece of theater. The acting, writing and directing nicely came together in a cohesive whole. The play was interesting and the issues it raised were relevant, important, and timely.
— Applause, Applause
Taymor’s cast feels like they were born to play their parts and costume designer Beth Goldenberg’s outfits are their second skin. MacCluggage is striking in red dress and heels and Alley Scott is a precious jewel in her austere teal skirt-suit, just to name a few of Goldenberg’s fine finds.
— Theater is Easy
As Maxine, Kate MacCluggage has graceful complexity navigating a strained, stifled path of personal rediscovery. ... MacClaggage skillfully captures Maxine’s two worlds: one of physical longing, the other of personal faith.
— Theater Is Easy
Lucy DeVito... absolutely nails the character of Beth.
— RG Magazine
...the formidable manager of the Homemaking House Terri, brought to light with bustling overbearing aplomb by Alley Scott
— Tibeca Trib
...this dialogue is compelling, and Ms. Moench demonstrates a keen interest in human thought, behavior and relationships... It’s enough to inspire faith in her future plays.
— New York Times
Taymor finds vivid physical life in the compositions of knowing nods, well-timed ‘ahs,’ and smiles of solidarity; she seems fluent in the Texan Baptist body language.
— Theater Is Easy
Director Danya Taymor allows subtlety and differentiation in the onstage performances ... The monochromatic scenic design, created by Kristen Robinson, provides the splashes of color, dotting the emotional landscape with bright, blue mops and yellow flowers. The frame of the house draws the eyes up. There is a clear, blue sky with clouds where the lead actors can look up and dream. In this world, expressively lit by Masha Tsimring and Caitlin Smith Rapoport, the trappings of success are only a few steps away.
— Theater Pizzazz
Kate MacCluggage, who plays Max, is absolutely riveting. You can’t take your eyes off her even when she is just listening. Her lovely, expressive face speaks volumes. The entire cast is excellent, and the set is superb—a box set that suggests a church, but works as many other locations while always keeping the church looming over everyone.
— ELJ
Kate MacCluggage is very powerful
— Applause, Applause
Delong allows Paul to search out the spiritual unknown with a mixture of sorrow and simplicity.
— Theater Is Easy
Paul [is] played with a deep sincerity by Blake DeLong...
— ELJ
As the leader of the school of Christian housekeeping, Terri (Alley Scott) arrives with a hot entrance and delivers unlimited stage presence throughout the night.
— Theater Is Easy
Light designers Masha Tsimring and Caitlin Smith Rapoport along with sound designer Asa Wember are flawlessly in sync.
— Theater Is Easy
Alley Scott is charismatic and consistent as Terri, the head of Homemaking House. She comes across fully dedicated to her goal of helping young women prove they are ready to take on the duties of wife and homemaker is a Christian home.
— Applause, Applause
 Anna Moench - Writer 

Anna Moench - Writer 

 Danya Taymor - Director  

Danya Taymor - Director  

 Blake Delong - Paul 

Blake Delong - Paul 

 Lucy DeVito - Beth

Lucy DeVito - Beth

 Rory Kulz - Dusty 

Rory Kulz - Dusty 

 Kate MacCluggage - Max

Kate MacCluggage - Max

 Alley Scott - Terri

Alley Scott - Terri

 Kevin Clutz - Stage Manager

Kevin Clutz - Stage Manager

 Billy Joe Kiessling

Billy Joe Kiessling

 Kristen Robinson - Set Deisgner

Kristen Robinson - Set Deisgner

 Beth Goldenberg - Costume Designer  

Beth Goldenberg - Costume Designer  

 Masha Tsimring - Lighting Designer

Masha Tsimring - Lighting Designer

 Caitlin Smith Rappoport - Lighting Designer

Caitlin Smith Rappoport - Lighting Designer

 Asa Wember - Sound Designer 

Asa Wember - Sound Designer 

 Daniel Kwiatkowski - Project Manager

Daniel Kwiatkowski - Project Manager

 Jeff Marsey - Carpenter

Jeff Marsey - Carpenter

 Conrad Kluck - Carpenter 

Conrad Kluck - Carpenter 

 Isaac Rathbone - Carpenter

Isaac Rathbone - Carpenter

 Tristan DeBoer - Carpenter / Electrician

Tristan DeBoer - Carpenter / Electrician

 Calvin Anderson - Electrician

Calvin Anderson - Electrician

 Vicki Bain - Electrician 

Vicki Bain - Electrician 

 Richie Murby - Production Assistant

Richie Murby - Production Assistant

 Victoria Clare - Box Office Manager

Victoria Clare - Box Office Manager

 Blake Habermann - Strike

Blake Habermann - Strike