The parents (Jeff Daniels, Marlee Matlin) in a close and loving family come to a critical moment in their marriage when they disagree over whether their deaf child (Noah Valencia) should have an operation that could restore partial hearing, but with some risks involved. Joanna: Sonya Walger. Max: Ed Waterstreet. Sally: Phyllis Frelich. Leonard: David Oyelowo. Dr. Flynt: John Rubinstein. Stephen Sachs adapted the screenplay from his stage play by the same name.