My Sister In This House

Deaf West Theatre, Ed Waterstreet, Artistic Director, has announced their next production, My Sister In This House by Wendy Kesselman. Directed by Michael Unger, My Sister... will begin previews on Saturday, April 10 and is set to open on Saturday, April 17 at 8pm. The engagement will run through Sunday, May 30. My Sister... follows the critical and audience success of their last production, the special 30th anniversary Children of a Lesser God last Fall.

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 themes of this play are highlighted by the unique theatrical experience for which Deaf West Theatre is known. In this production, deaf and hearing actors will perform in a multi-lingual setting of American Sign Language, spoken English, and open captioning. The divide between the deaf and the hearing worlds provides added thematic weight to the world in which the Papin sisters live.

Three special 10am performances (Tuesdays; April 20, May 18 and May 25) will be offered for local deaf and hard of hearing high school students as part of Deaf West Theatre’s Dramatic Gestures educational outreach programming.

Tickets are on sale now, and prices are $15 for previews, $25 for regular performances, and $50 for opening night. To purchase tickets, visit, or call 818-762-2773.