Blind Mouth Singing

Reiderico sneaks out of his house and spends his nights in the garden conspiring with a boy – who lives at the bottom of a well. Is it more dangerous to follow our desires, or to bury them?

Cast Requirements

3 men
2 women


Nominated: Barrie Stavis Award by the Public Theater, recommended for a Jeff Award.


“... a strange and beautiful play.“
— The New York Times

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“Authentic magic happens only rarely in the theatre... those rare wonderful moments when we see one thing on stage with our eyes, but our hearts tell us we’re seeing something entirely different. The National Asian American Theatre Company’s production of Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas’s Blind Mouth Singing is filled with such moments of magic.“

“Lyrical and haunting...exquisitely beautiful... the elements combine to create a cumulative effect that is both stylish and striking.“

“… a clever and freshly lyrical new voice … a wistful and haunting portrait.“
— Stead Style Chicago

“Highly Recommended ... Blind Mouth Singing is rich in atmosphere ... The play has a charm that is arresting as it offers a fresh twist on the never-ending quest to define who we truly are. This is intelligent storytelling with empathetic characters ... This show is a treat.“

“Mysterious, blackly funny & twisted.“
— Chicago Sun-Times

“a shrewd writer ... a droll, surprising humor ... visionary wit.“
— Chicago Tribune

Production and Development History

Developed: NYSF / Public Theater, the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and LAByrinth Theater.

Produced: Teatro Vista (Chicago 2006), NAATCO (New York 2007).