Deaf West To Present Kesselman's My Sister In This House

News   Deaf West To Present Kesselman's My Sister In This House
Deaf West Theatre in North Hollywood, CA, will present Wendy Kesselman's My Sister In This House, based on the true story of the troubled lives of French sisters, April 10-May 30.

Opening night is April 17. Michael Unger will direct a cast that includes Deanne Bray, Matthew Jaeger, Casey Kramer, Jennifer Losi, Darrin Revitz, Melissa Strom and Amber Zion.

According to Deaf West notes, "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."

As in all Deaf West productions, the actors will be drawn from a mix of the deaf and hearing, and a combination of ASL, spoken word and open captioning will be used to perform the play. As the press notes mention, "The divide between the deaf and the hearing worlds provide added thematic weight to the world in which the Papin sisters live."

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

The creative team will include 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

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