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January 10 February 11
January 10-February 11, 2024
By Robert Montano Directed by Jessi D. Hill The Penguin Rep Theatre Production Steinbright Stage
Bullied for his size, a boy from Long Island finds purpose and respect atop a racehorse in this wild autobiographical ride,

written and performed by stage, film, and television star Robert Montano (Cats on Broadway, Barcelona at People’s Light). As the young jockey starts to literally outgrow his childhood dream, he resorts to more and more extreme measures to remain “small” before ultimately finding freedom in a new path. From Belmont Park to Broadway stages, Montano’s vivid and highly entertaining coming-of-age story explores the complex realities of pursuing a dream at all costs.

Recommended for ages 14+. Contains depictions of disordered eating and drug use.
Run time: Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

Individual Sponsors: Franny & Franny Abbott

Cast and Creative Team
Robert Montano
Playwright and Performer
Jessi D. Hill
Christopher & Justin Swader
Scenic Designers
Jamie Roderick
Lighting Designer
Brian Ronan
Sound Designer
Buffy Cardoza
Props Designer
Sam Eisner
Lighting Assistant
Karen "Curly" Schleifer
Production Stage Manager/Lights & Sound Operator
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Enhance Your Experience

Our post-show talkback series is back! Join us after every Thursday night performance (excluding previews) for a post-show discussion, or folk-talk, where audience members will have a chance to process and ask questions about the piece they’ve just witnessed. Each AfterWORDS will be moderated by a People’s Light staff member, who may be joined by a member of the cast or creative team.

Thursday nights: 1/18, 1/25, and 2/1

Open Captioning

During every performance this week, dialogue appears on an LED screen placed near the stage to benefit patrons with hearing impairments, as well as English language learners.

January 30–February 4

Smart Caption Glasses

Our Smart Caption Glasses offer immersive, real-time captioning for live theatre. These revolutionary glasses display a synchronized transcript of the play directly on the lenses, and are customizable for your comfort.

Smart Caption Glasses are available at performances of SMALL in the date range below. To reserve your pair of glasses, simply add SMALL tickets to your cart, then follow the link that appears at the top of the page to add a glasses reservation to your cart for free! For assistance, please contact the Box Office at

January 23–February 4

Access Nights

To expand access to our work, we offer 50%-off Access Nights throughout the season. The discount is automatic for these performances, no promo code required.

Friday, January 12 at 7pm
Tuesday, January 30 at 7pm

Relaxed Performance

Relaxed Performances offer a judgment-free environment that invites individuals with autism, ADHD, dementia, and other sensory sensitivities to enjoy theatre in a relaxed, “shush-free” zone—a great option for parents with young children, too. For each Relaxed Performance, we offer a pre-show Sensory Tour, during which patrons are able to enter the theatre space, view the set and props, and ask questions. This RP features audio description and ASL interpretation, and will be followed by a panel discussion.

Sunday, January 28 at 2pm

Audio Description

Headsets provide commentary on the visual aspects of a performance. This supplemental narration interweaves with the real-time, spoken dialogue.

Sunday, January 28 at 2pm

American Sign Language Interpretation

This performance features American Sign Language interpretation provided by Hands UP Productions. This is also a Relaxed Performance.

Sunday, January 28 at 2pm

What's the Buzz?
"Montano grips the audience from the first moment and takes us on a ride filled with raw emotion, brutal honesty and wonderfully charming humor."
  • Delco Culture Vultures: It’s the SMALL Things In Life—a new play at People’s Light

    Throughout the piece, Montano rarely stops moving, running, jumping and striding around the stage as each character is fully displayed. Underlying all of this is his grace and precision as a dancer.  He beautifully creates the horses as he pantomimes stroking them; he makes you feel like you are actually watching a race as he crouches in a jockey position.  It is all perfectly realized.
    —Ellen Wilson Dilks, Delco Culture Vultures

    Read the article from Delco Culture Vultures

  • Philadelphiatheaterarts: SMALL at People's Light

    "This is no monologue delivered by an older actor behind a podium. This is a SHOW, featuring an astonishing actor-singer-dancer backed by an equally brilliant team of director, designers, and crew. It must be seen to be believed."
    —Neal Newman, Philadelphiatheaterarts

    Read the article from Philadelphiatheaterarts