How Sweet The Sound

John runs a neat and orderly plantation home in the Deep South where he lives with his three young wards - Ellie, Felicity, and Grace - and his right hand woman - Martha. The arrival of a newcomer - Benjamin - and Grace's chance encounter with a mysterious stranger - Caleb - propels fate into motion and hurtles the family toward their dark fates.

CW: emotional, mental, and physical abuse
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How Sweet The Sound

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  • Shaun Leisher:
    9 Jul. 2019
    I love plays like this that leave you really moved but not totally sure what exactly happened. This play is creepy to the max and the possibilities are endless for directors, actors and designers in terms of capturing the atmosphere spelled out on the page. Like all great horror this play is about real fears that all humans deal with. In this play those fears are death and living a purposeless existence and McVay explores them in really unique ways with these rich characters. PRODUCE THIS PLAY!!!
  • Stephanie Neuerburg:
    3 Jul. 2019
    Wow wow wow. Bizarre, chilling, terrible, lovely - one of the most engaging scripts I have read in a long time. Can see myself coming back to this again and again. The characters are fascinating and tragic, the conflict twisted and dark. Just the right blend of fantasy / horror / history that I have been searching for for so long.
  • Rachel Bublitz:
    3 Jul. 2019
    A dark and scary as hell play that had me on the invested and tense the whole time. Right away it is clear that this world is not right, and McVay teases out little bread crumbs along the way letting us discover just disturbing it really is. Very excited to see where this play goes, as well as this playwright.

Character Information

  • John/Owl
    30s-60s,
    Man
    The actor who plays John voices the Owl
  • Martha
    20s,
    woman
  • Ellie
    18,
    woman
  • Felicity
    15,
    woman
  • Grace
    9 3/4,
    woman
  • Benjamin
    20s,
    Man
  • Caleb
    20s,
    Man

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
    ,
    2019

Production History

  • Community Theater
    ,
    Bellingham TheatreWorks
    ,
    2019

Awards

Selection
,
National Partners of the American Theatre
,
Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
,
2019
Honorable Mention
,
National Undergraduate Playwriting Award
,
Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
,
2019
Finalist
,
National Playwrights Conference
,
The Eugene O'Neill Center
,
2019
Honorable Mention
,
National Undergraduate Playwriting Award
,
Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
,
2018