Sister Act: Deaf West Opens Kesselman's My Sister in This House

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and Thomas Peter
17 Apr 2010

<I>My Sister in This House</I>'s Deanne Bray
My Sister in This House's Deanne Bray
Theresa Halzle
Deaf West Theatre in North Hollywood, CA, opens Wendy Kesselman's My Sister in This House, based on the true story of the troubled lives of French sisters, April 17 after previews from April 10. Performances continue to May 30.

Michael Unger directs a cast that includes Deanne Bray, Matthew Jaeger, Casey Kramer, Jennifer Losi, Darrin Revitz, Lindsay Evans and Amber Zion.

According to Deaf West, "Based on the true story of the Papin sisters, who suffered an abusive childhood followed by a dark and foreboding workplace in 1930s France, My Sister in This House is a haunting play exploring class struggle, identity, and what happens when the need for connection and companionship is abused and ignored. This bizarre tale inspired many writers of the era, including Jean Genet and Jean Paul Sartre. The divide between the deaf and the hearing worlds provide added thematic weight to the world in which the Papin sisters live."

As in all Deaf West productions, the actors are drawn from a mix of the deaf and hearing, and a combination of ASL, spoken word and open captioning is used to perform the play.

Laura Hill produces, with David Kurs acting as associate producer and American Sign Language Master.

The creative team includes scenic designer Tom Buderwitz, costume designer A. Jeffrey Schoenberg, lighting designer Leigh Allen, sound designer John Zalewski, projection designer Adam Flemming, hair and wig designer Carol Doran and properties designer Jennifer Prince.

Deaf West Theatre is located at 5112 Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood. For tickets, call (818) 762-2773 or visit For group sales, call (818) 762-2773 or Deaf West's video phone at (866) 954-2986, or email