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THE SOUND INSIDE, THE THIN PLACE & More Announced for 4th Wall Theater’s 2022-2023 Season

The 4th Wall Theater Company has announced its 2022-2023 season lineup of four Houston Premiere productions. 4th Wall will open its 12th anniversary season just in time for Halloween with a chilling regional premiere of Lucas Hnath’s THE THIN PLACE. Next up is Adam Rapp’s six-time Tony nominated play THE SOUND INSIDE. This is the latest work from a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright – SANCTUARY CITY by Martyna Majok. And the end of the season is the 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning play FAIRVIEW by Jackie Sibblies Drury.

4th Wall will kick off its season with the Houston premiere of Lucas Hnath’s THE THIN PLACE, a suspenseful ghost story that probes the deeply human need for connection. Linda communicates professionally with the dead, who are still there, just in a different part of here, in the “thin place”. Hilda, a keen observer grappling with loss and searching for answers, befriends the veteran psychic. Through their conversations, THE THIN PLACE explores the living world, the worlds beyond and the fragile border that separates them.

Second place at the 4th Wall is the Houston premiere of Adam Rapp’s recent Broadway hit, THE SOUND INSIDE. When Bella Baird, an isolated creative writing professor at Yale, begins mentoring a brilliant but enigmatic student named Christopher, the two form a surprisingly intense bond. As their lives and the stories they tell about themselves intertwine in unpredictable ways, Bella makes a startling request of Christopher that no one knows if he can answer. Brimming with suspense, Rapp’s captivating play explores the limits of what one person can ask of another. 4th Wall is thrilled to enlist New York artist K. Lorrel Manning to stage this piece, which the Chicago Tribune has declared “a breathtaking piece!”

4th Wall’s third production is the Houston premiere of Martyna Majok’s SANCTUARY CITY, which explores the injustices suffered by DREAMERS in America in an intimate portrait of two friends torn between matters of the heart and a bureaucratic maze. In this ruthless, unsentimental new play, Majok makes politics personal and asks what we’re willing to sacrifice for those we love.

4th Wall will close the season with the first Houston production of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning play FAIRVIEW, a searing examination of families, drama, family drama and race in America. At the middle-class black Frasier family, preparations are underway for Grandma’s birthday party. But when a group of uninvited guests force their way into the narrative, FAIRVIEW turns into an indictment tearing down the fourth wall on insidious racism.

For the latest information on the 4th Wall Theater Company’s upcoming season and to purchase subscriptions or single tickets, please visit the theater’s website at or follow @4thwallhouston on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About the 4th Wall Theater Company

4th Wall Theater Company is a professional Equity theater in Houston, TX, founded in 2011 by married couple Philip Lehl and Kim Tobin-Lehl. 4th Wall offers an eclectic lineup, producing Shakespeare and Strindberg standards, American classics like WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, and several world premieres.

4th Wall’s mission is to produce extraordinary professional theater experiences and set high standards of excellence in performance, direction and design. 4th Wall believes that the highest quality theater promotes a performance aesthetic that is truthful, and that only by paying performers a fair wage can Houston grow and sustain its community of professional theater artists. .

The company has won numerous accolades, including the Houston Press “Mastermind Award” as well as four “Best Production” citations at the annual Houston Theater Awards (GOD OF CARNAGE in 2013, LOBBY HERO in 2017, JESUS ​​HOPPED THE ‘A’ TRAIN in 2019, THE REALISTIC JONESES in 2020). The art directors have been nominated multiple times for the “Best Art Director” award, winning once.

The company was incorporated in the State of Texas and is 501(c)(3) registered with the IRS.

Note: Dates, titles and cast are subject to change.

THE THIN PLACE (Houston Premiere)

Written by: Lucas Hnath
Dates: October 13 – November 5, 2022
“The Thin Place” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

THE SOUND INSIDE (Houston Premiere)
Written by: Adam Rapp
Directed by: K. Lorrel Manning
Starring: Kim Tobin-Lehl
Dates: January 19 – February 11, 2023

SANCTUARY CITY (Houston Premiere)

Written by: Martyna Majok
Dates: March 23 – April 15, 2023

FAIRVIEW (Houston premiere, 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner)

Written by: Jackie Sibblies Drury
Dates: May 25 – June 17, 2023
FAIRVIEW is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.


Subscriptions: Flexible four-ticket packages start at just $58 and are offered at Premium and Standard seating levels. Shop online at or call (832) 767-4991.
Single tickets: $17 – $53; single ticket sales will open later this year.
Location: All performances are at 1824 Spring Street, Studio 101, Houston TX 77007
Times: evening performances take place from Thursday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees are at 3:00 p.m. There is a Pay-What-You-Can performance on the Monday of the last week of each run and a Closed-Caption performance at a performance during each run.