Sarah Ruhl, internationally acclaimed playwright, saw half her face become paralyzed with Bell's palsy hours after she gave birth to twins. In Smile, she chronicles her journey through both motherhood and the inherently demonstrative world of theater, wondering if the lack of expression on her face, especially as a woman, has a bearing on how people perceive her and how she perceives herself. A thoughtful, heartfelt, resilient yet realistic rumination on a journey of self-discovery, one that feels particularly relevant as we think about the effects of wearing our smile behind our mask.
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