The House Theatre of Chicago’s Acclaimed Original Production THE SPARROW Premieres in Miami!

Now celebrating its Fifth Anniversary Season, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County proudly presents the House Theatre of Chicago’s acclaimed original production of THE SPARROW commended by The New York Times as “page-turning storytelling.” Written by Nathan Allen, Chris Matthews, and Jake Minton, THE SPARROW tells the story of Emily Book, a small-town girl who returns home ten years after a horrific accident that claimed the lives of the entire second grade class.  As the town struggles to come to terms with the strange girl who reminds them of what they lost, Emily grapples with her own heartbreak, transformation, and…mysterious powers. Reminiscent of the teen angst, quest-for-popularity and superhuman abilities that resonated with fans of Carrie, Mean Girls, and Wicked, THE SPARROW flies into the intimate Carnival Studio Theater in the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House April 7 – May 2, 2011.


Tickets to THE SPARROW are on sale now. Tickets range from $35 to $50 and may be purchased in person at the Adrienne Arsht Center Box Office, by phone at (305) 949-6722 or online at

$35 Early Bird Offer

$35 tickets are available to patrons who purchase tickets for opening week performances of THE SPARROW – April 7 – 10. Offer valid until March 31. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Adrienne Arsht Center Box Office, online at or by phone at (305) 949-6722.

Student “Rush” Tickets

$25 Student “Rush” tickets will be available for all performances, no earlier than 10 minutes prior to each performance, based on availability. Students with I.D. must arrive prior to curtain at the Carnival Studio Theater Box Office at the Adrienne Arsht Center. This offer is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person.

Set in a small farm town outside of Illinois, the story of THE SPARROW is centered around a tragic bus accident that claimed the lives of the entire second grade class – all except Emily Book.  Now, ten years later, the one survivor returns and the entire community is faced with the challenge of healing together while Emily’s renewed presence is a constant reminder of their loss. Add to that, Emily Book has a secret – she has super powers.  A combination of sci-fi thriller and intense teen drama, THE SPARROW tackles the all-important but unwritten rules facing teenage girls in today’s popular culture.

“The Sparrow is a wildly unique new work that thrills with intense drama and surprising innovation,” said M. John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center.  “This production reminds us all of the challenges and triumphs of life as a teenager – whether in Illinois or South Florida.”

One of the most original new theatrical works to emerge from Chicago in decades, THE SPARROW combines compelling story-telling with original choreography, music, and Houdini-style tricks.  A joint creative effort from the award-winning House Theatre team of Nathan Allen, who also directs, Chris Matthews, and Jake Minton, the work evokes both comedy and tragedy infused with a spark of the supernatural.

Following more than a dozen world premiere productions, The House Theatre experienced breakout success in early 2007 with THE SPARROW.  After garnering unanimous critical acclaim in its premiere production at The House, THE SPARROW went on to the prestigious Steppenwolf Garage Theatre, and finally to a Broadway in Chicago-produced run at the Apollo Theater, one of the spiritual homes of breakout Chicago plays.  Now, for the first time ever, THE SPARROW flies south to make its long-awaited debut in Miami.

Founded in 2001 by a group of friends with the mission of exploring the ideas of community and storytelling to create unique theatrical experiences, The House Theatre of Chicago has been doing just that for nearly a decade.  The House has garnered 17 Joseph Jefferson Awards and has been nominated 45 times.  In 2007, the House became the first recipient of Broadway in Chicago’s Emerging Theater Award.

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