Marcus Gardley's The House That Will Not Stand Opens Off-Broadway

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A widow and her three daughters, all free women of color, are at the center of Gardley's 19th century New Orleans story.
Lynda Gravátt in <i>The House That Will Not Stand </i>
Lynda Gravátt in The House That Will Not Stand Joan Marcus

New York Theatre Workshop celebrates the official opening of Marcus Gardley's The House That Will Not Stand July 30. Directed by Obie Award winner Lileana Blain-Cruz, the new play is set in New Orleans in the early 1800s as power over the state is transferred from France to the United States.

Nedra McClyde, Juliana Canfield, and Joniece Abbott-Pratt in The House That Will Not Stand
Nedra McClyde, Juliana Canfield, and Joniece Abbott-Pratt in The House That Will Not Stand Joan Marcus

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Performances of The House That Will Not Stand began July 11, marking the play's New York premiere. Inspired by Federico García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba, the story follows a widow and her three eligible daughters, all free women of color, on the eve that Louisiana was passed over to the United States.

The cast is made up of Helen Hayes Award nominee Joniece Abbott-Pratt (Blindspot, Luke Cage), Juliana Canfield (He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box), Helen Hayes Award nominee Harriett D. Foy (Amélie), Helen Hayes Award winner Lynda Gravátt (This Flat Earth), Nedra McClyde (Marvin’s Room), Marie Thomas (Having Our Say), and Tony Award nominee Michelle Wilson (Sweat).

The House That Will Not Stand is scheduled to play through August 12.

The creative team includes scenic designer Adam Rigg (The Mad Ones), costume designer Montana Levi Blanco (Red Speedo), lighting designer Yi Zhao (Pipeline), and sound designer Justin Ellington (Until the Flood), who also wrote original music. Movement is by Raja Feather Kelly (The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World). The dialect and vocal coach is Dawn-Elin Fraser (Once on this Island). Terri Kohler (In the Blood) serves as stage manager.

Gardley's plays include Every Tongue Confess; On The Levee; X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation; And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi; and dance of the holy ghost.

For tickets and more information visit NYTW.org.

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