The Sparrow Watch Party


Saturday, May 30 at 7:30 CDT
on The House's YouTube Channel



Free to Stream

Donations Welcomed and Encouraged


The Sparrow tells the story of Emily Book, a small-town high-school senior returning home ten years after a tragic accident that claimed the lives of her entire class. As the town struggles to accept the strange girl who reminds them of what they lost, Emily attempts to hide the special powers that make her different.


The Sparrow is one of the most heartfelt stories we’ve ever told. The production marked a threshold moment for our young ensemble. It was at once a celebration of all we’d learned and it planted a flag declaring the kind of company we would become. It’s always been a fan favorite so I am excited to revisit Spring Farm with old friends and new. ”- Nathan Allen, Artistic Director


The Sparrow ran in three consecutive productions in 2007. Opening at the Viaduct to rave reviews, the show extended and sold out its run and transferred to the Garage at Steppenwolf as part of the Visiting Company Initiative. Broadway in Chicago helped the show make a commercial transfer to The Apollo Theatre where it received national acclaim.  


The performance was recorded with multiple cameras in 2007 by HMS Media at The Apollo and features The House company members Carolyn Defrin as Emily Book, Paige Hoffman as Jenny McGrath, Cliff Chamberlain as Dan Christopher, along with ensemble appearances by Johnny Arena, Stephen Taylor, Lauren Vitz, Ele Matelan, and Chris Mathews. Guest artists include Erin Neal, Ryan Bolletino, Lauren McCarthy, Elizabeth Levy, and Patrick Andrews. Design work by Tommy Rapley (Choreographer), Kevin O’Donnell (Composer), Collette Pollard (Scenic), Ana Kuzmanic (Costumes), Ben Wilhelm (Lights), Michael Griggs (Sound), Dennis Watkins (Magic), Lucas Merino (Video), Tracey Otwell (Props) and Brian DesGranges (Stage Manager). The production was directed by Nathan Allen.


Who will be on the live-stream?
On the live stream, Company Members Carolyn Defrin (Emily Book), Cliff Chamberlain (Mr. Christopher), Paige Hoffman (Jenny McGrath), Chris Mathews (co-author), Jake Minton (co-author), and Nathan Allen (co-author, director). You can chat with us and with each other in the YouTube chat, and we'll welcome your stories of seeing (or missing) The Sparrow back in 2007.


Can kids watch?
Older kids (10+) can watch. The play is rated PG-13. It deals with themes of death and grief around the untimely passing of children. In some scenes we see parents coping with loss in very tangible ways. Late the play, an adult crosses the line with a student, merging grief with desire in a way that is complicated for adult viewers and may not be suitable for kids watching. We'll keep the commentary by the artists as PG as we can!


CONTENT WARNING: The House is so proud to offer this show as an uplifting and joyful celebration of theatre and community healing. However, the play's inciting incident is the 10-year-anniversary of the deaths many second-grade children in a bus accident. Emily Book is the sole survivor. We grieve with the parents, many still locked in their loss, as they navigate Emily's return to their small town.


Prize Drawing

Every donation of $25 gets you one entry for three prize packages. (Give $100 = get four entries!)




THIRD PRIZE: Private Party

Start the weekend right with your own Tito’s Handmade Vodka bloody mary creation. Order up a Beatrix brunch or dinner meal package for carryout or delivery, add-on pastries and a cookie box, and enjoy an indulgent day off at home!


Prize includes:
$200 gift certificate for Beatrix
Tito’s Vodka
Smoke Daddy Bloody Mary Mix



SECOND PRIZE: Playful Picnic

An outdoor summer picnic might just be the perfect activity this year! Stash your goodies for the backyard or the remote woods in an adorable wicker picnic basket complete with reusable service items. We’ll pre-pack your basket with a stellar bottle of wine and the complete collection of Cards Against Humanity!


Prize includes:
Cards Against Humanity collection
Columbia Crest and Korbel
Picnic basket



GRAND PRIZE: Cozy Collection

Make room for another friend in your pod: your new wine collection! Featuring 12 bottles of incredible wine like the rare and highly-prized 2015 PerUs Armaan Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, and a 2020 Dom Perignon Champagne Brut, this stash can stay in the family until we can all throw parties again. Or, you can have the fanciest stay-at-home soiree in town!


Prize includes:
12-bottle wine collection valued at $2,825
Shipping anywhere in the US



Thank you to these donors of the amazing items in our prize packages!
Jim Allen, David Shapiro, Abbi Cucci, Jim Adair, Roark Frankel, Smoke Daddy, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Lettuce Entertain You restaurants, Cards Against Humanity, and Orange Tree Imports