The Sister

What:  The Sister

When: January 11–14. 6pm and 8pm performances.

Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)

How Much: $20 for adults, $15 for students. Box office opens one hour before showtime. Advance tickets at

Local artists Joel Heinrich, playwright/director, and Hunter Noack, concert pianist/composer, meld drama with a live music score in their January 2012 play, The Sister. Set in four different rooms at the Bay Gallery in SOMArts Cultural Center, the audience is invited to not only watch the action but to physically follow the drama from set to set. At the same time, the story is both grounded and enlarged by live music performed at the pivotal center of the four rooms, visible at all times.

Noack wrote the score that combines his original music with snatches of classical works. “My goal was to complement the themes Joel explores in the script while elevating the music to the role of another character,” says Noack. “ There’s no reason that musical scores should be limited to drama on film.”

Noack is a 2011 graduate from USC while Heinrich graduated from SMU. The two met at Interlochen Arts Academy, a boarding school for serious arts students in Traverse City, Michigan.

The Sister, written by Heinrich, tells the story of Hiro and his adopted sister, Alice, who fall in love and unleash an Indian curse that threatens to destroy their family. The comic tenure of the story turns tragic as the competing forces of desire, fate, curses, and mores drive the story to its conclusion. The tale of forbidden love, belief systems, and taboos can only have a tragic ending.

The Sister is presented at SOMArts through participation in the Affordable Space Program, which provides below-market rental space, production and publicity assistance to nonprofit organizations. For more information visit our rentals page.