Marcus Gardley’s The House That Will Not Stand Is Heading to the Silver Screen

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The critically acclaimed play was seen earlier this year at Off-Broadway's New York Theatre Workshop.
The_House_That_Will_Not_Stand_New_York_Theatre_Workshop_2018_Lynda Gravátt, Joniece Abbott-Pratt and Nedra McClyde in THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND at NYTW, Photo by Joan Marcus_HR.jpg
Lynda Gravátt, Joniece Abbott-Pratt, and Nedra McClyde Joan Marcus

Marcus Gardley's 19th century New Orleans play, The House That Will Not Stand, is heading to the silver screen thanks to MWM Studios, Deadline reports.

Marcus Gardley
Marcus Gardley

Diane Nabatoff and MWM’s Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane will produce the film, which will feature a screenplay by Gardley. No casting or director has been announced.

A widow and her three daughters are at the center of The House That Will Not Stand, which was produced Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop in July. Obie Award winner Lileana Blain-Cruz directed.


Inspired by Federico García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba, Gardley's The House That Will Not Stand is set in New Orleans in the early 1800s as power over the state is transferred from France to the United States.

The recent cast featured 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 was originally seen in 2012 at New York Stage and Film Company. The play earned its author a 2015 Glickman Award; it was also a finalist for the 2015 Kennedy Prize.

Gardley's additional 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.

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