First Look: 59E59 Theaters and The Civilians are presenting Duncan Sheik and Kyle Jarrow’s WHISPER HOUSE Featuring James Yaegashi, Samantha Mathis, Alex Boniello, Jeb Brown, Wyatt Cirbus and Molly Hager through Feb. 6

59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) and The Civilians are presenting the New York premiere of Whisper House in Theater A through February 6. Previews began on January 11, 2022 and the show opened on January 20.

The performance schedule for Whisper House is Tuesday – Friday at 7:00pm, Saturday at 2:00pm and 7:00pm, and Sunday at 2:00pm.

Tickets to Whisper House begin at $25 and are on sale at 59e59.org/shows/show-detail/whisper-house-2022.

Alex Boniello, Wyatt Cirbus & Molly Hager in WHISPER HOUSE. Photo Credit: © RICHARD TERMINE

A dark and thrilling musical ghost story, Duncan Sheik and Kyle Jarrow’s Whisper House combines a lush original score with a haunting story about fear of the other and the ways we can transcend it.

James Yaegashi in WHISPER HOUSE.
Photo Credit: © RICHARD TERMINE

In an eerie lighthouse on the remote coast of Maine, two lonely people face the beginning of World War II. There’s Yasuhiro—a Japanese immigrant threatened by the rising wartime xenophobia—and Lily, his employer, who’s spent her whole life here. Their world is turned upside down when Lily’s young nephew, Christopher, is sent to live with them. Soon, the boy begins to hear strange music seeping through the walls. Is his imagination getting the better of him? Or are there ghosts here and maybe dangerous ones at that? What happens next will change the lives of these three characters forever…

James Yaegashi, Samantha Mathis, Alex Boniello & Molly Hager in WHISPER HOUSE, Photo by Richard Termine

The original run of Whisper House at 59E59 was postponed by COVID-19 in March of 2020 and is finally making its New York premiere, having formerly performed in San Diego at The Old Globe and in London, England. The Civilians have previously presented work in tandem with 59E59 with The Undertaking in 2018 and (I am) Nobody’s Lunch in 2005.

Jeb Brown, Molly Hager, Alex Boniello and James Yaegashi in WHISPER HOUSE. Photo by Richard Termine

The cast of Whisper House includes Samantha Mathis (Billions) as Lily, Alex Boniello (Spring Awakening) as Male Ghost, Jeb Brown (Beautiful) as The Sheriff, Wyatt Cirbus (Finding Neverland National Tour) as Christopher, Molly Hager (Waitress) as Female Ghost and James Yaegashi (Runaways) as Yasuhiro.

Jeb Brown and Wyatt Cirbus in WHISPER HOUSE, Photo by Richard Termine

Whisper House features music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony Award winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening, American Psycho), a book and lyrics by Tony Award nominee and Obie Award winner Kyle Jarrow (Spongebob Squarepants, The Broadway Musical; The Wildness), conception with Keith Powell (“30 Rock”), direction by Steve Cosson (Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns, a post-electric play) and choreography by Billy Bustamante (The King and I).

Molly Hager and Samantha Mathis in WHISPER HOUSE. Photo by Richard Termine

Whisper House features wind orchestrations by Simon Hale (Spring Awakening, Tootsie), orchestrations by Sheik and Jason Hart (Spring Awakening), with additional musical arrangements and music direction by Wiley DeWeese (Girl From The North Country). Scenic design is by Alexander Dodge (Anastasia), costume design is by Linda Cho (Anastasia), lighting design is by Jorge Arroyo (Professor of Lighting Design at Boston University) & Jeff Croiter (Freestyle Love Supreme), and sound design is by Ken Travis (Aladdin). Megan Dickert (Do You Feel Anger?) serves as Production Stage Manager, and Annie Wang (Today is My Birthday) is the Dramaturg.

Molly Hager, Alex Boniello and Wyatt Cirbus in WHISPER HOUSE. Photo by Richard Termine
Samantha Mathis and Wyatt Cirbus in WHISPER HOUSE. Photo by Richard Termine
Molly Hager, Alex Boniello and Wyatt Cirbus in WHISPER HOUSE. Photo by Richard Termine

ABOUT 59E59

59E59 Theaters was established by the Elysabeth Kleinhans Theatrical Foundation in 2004 to grant professional space and expertise to non-profit theater companies premiering their work in New York City. Under the leadership of Val Day, Artistic Director, and Brian Beirne, Managing Director, 59E59 Theaters presents a yearround curated program of Off Broadway plays and musicals that are nurtured and supported through highly-subsidized rental rates as well as production, ticketing, FOH, marketing, and press support. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT www.59e59.org

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