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The House that will not Stand

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02/04/15: The House that will not Stand Wins Glickman Award…

Marcus Gardley’s The House that will not Stand Wins Glickman Award

Script commissioned and premiered by Berkeley Rep and developed in The Ground Floor honored as best new play in the Bay Area in 2014

Berkeley Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce that playwright Marcus Gardley has won the prestigious Will Glickman Award for The House that will not Stand, which received its world premiere at Berkeley Rep in February 2014. Chosen by a panel of top local theatre critics, this honor is bestowed annually on the author of the best play to have its world premiere in the Bay Area. Gardley will receive the award at Theatre Bay Area’s Annual Conference on April 13, 2015 at Berkeley Rep. Sensuous, witty, heartbreaking, and uplifting—The House that will not Stand unearths a story about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans, where black Creole women entered into common-law marriages with affluent white men. Told in a rich and lyrical river of words, The House that will not Stand was developed through The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work and helmed by Patricia McGregor.

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02/19/14: The House that will not Stand Extends…

Marcus Gardley’s The House that will not Stand Extends Run at Berkeley Rep

Critics call new play “a dazzling and rousing experience” and “invigoratingly evocative”

Due to an exuberant reception from critics and audiences alike, Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to announce that the world premiere of The House that will not Stand will extend for an additional seven performances. A historically rich, sensuous, witty, and heartbreaking drama, The House that will not Stand unearths a story about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans where black Creole women entered into common-law marriages with affluent white men. Commissioned from award-winning poet-playwright Marcus Gardley and developed through The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work, The House that will not Stand will now play through Sunday, March 23, 2014.

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12/30/13: The House that will not Stand

The House that will not Stand Makes its World Premiere at Berkeley Rep

Award-winning poet-playwright—and Oakland native—Marcus Gardley debuts new play
Acclaimed director Patricia McGregor to stage production

Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly announces the world premiere of The House that will not Stand, a humorous and gripping historical drama commissioned from award-winning poet-playwright and Oakland native Marcus Gardley. Sensuous, witty, heartbreaking, and uplifting—The House that will not Stand unearths a story about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans, where black Creole women entered into common-law marriages with affluent white men. When her wealthy lover mysteriously dies, Beartrice Albans’ foundation of wealth hangs precariously by a thread. She is left to fend for her three unwed daughters in a world where freedom must be carefully negotiated. Told in a rich and lyrical river of words, this new play was developed through The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work. It’s helmed by Patricia McGregor, whose many credits include the celebrated production of Spunk at California Shakespeare Theater. The House that will not Stand begins previews on Berkeley Rep’s intimate Thrust Stage on Friday, January 31, opens on Wednesday, February 5, and runs through Sunday, March 16, 2014.

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(l to r) Joniece Abbott-Pratt (Odette), Tiffany Rachelle Stewart (Agnès), Harriett D. Foy (Makeda), and Lizan Mitchell (Beartice) are part of the ensemble cast in Berkeley Rep’s world premiere of Marcus Gardley’s The House that will not Stand, a comedic drama about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans.

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Tiffany Rachelle Stewart (Agnès, front), followed by Flor De Liz Perez (Maude Lynn) and Joniece Abbott-Pratt (Odette), portray three sisters in Berkeley Rep’s world premiere of Marcus Gardley’s The House that will not Stand, a comedic drama about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans.

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(l to r) Ray Reinhardt (Lazare) and award-winning actress Lizan Mitchell (Beartrice) portray lovers in Berkeley Rep’s world premiere of Marcus Gardley’s The House that will not Stand, a comedic drama about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans.

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(l to r) Joniece Abbott-Pratt (Odette) and Tiffany Rachelle Stewart (Agnès) portray sisters and award-winning actress Lizan Mitchell (Beartrice) portrays the matriarch of the Albans family in Berkeley Rep’s world premiere of Marcus Gardley’s The House that will not Stand, a comedic drama about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans.

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(l to r) Harriett D. Foy (Makeda) and Joniece Abbott-Pratt (Odette) in Berkeley Rep’s world premiere of Marcus Gardley’s The House that will not Stand, a comedic drama about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans.

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(l to r) Tiffany Rachelle Stewart (Agnès), Joniece Abbott-Pratt (Odette), and Flor De Liz Perez (Maude Lynn) portray three sisters in Berkeley Rep’s world premiere of Marcus Gardley’s The House that will not Stand, a comedic drama about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans.

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Petronia Paley (Marie Josephine) and Harriett D. Foy (Makeda, background), take the stage in Berkeley Rep’s world premiere of Marcus Gardley’s The House that will not Stand, a comedic drama about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans.

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Award-winning actress Lizan Mitchell (Beartrice) is the matriarch of the Albans family in Marcus Gardley’s The House that will not Stand, a comedic drama about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans, making its world premiere at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) At Berkeley Rep leading actors Joniece Abbott-Pratt (Odette), Tiffany Rachelle Stewart (Agnès), and Flor De Liz Perez (Maude Lynn) portray three sisters in the world premiere of Marcus Gardley’s The House that will not Stand, a comedic drama about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans.

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At Berkeley Rep, award-winning poet-playwright and Oakland native Marcus Gardley premieres The House that will not Stand, a comedic drama about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans, commissioned by The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work.

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Berkeley Rep presents the world premiere of The House that will not Stand, a new play developed through The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work. (l to r) The cast: Petronia Paley (La Veuve / Marie Josephine), Tiffany Rachelle Stewart (Agnès), Lizan Mitchell (Beartrice), Flor De Liz Perez (Maude Lynn), Joniece Abbott-Pratt (Odette), and Harriett D. Foy (Makeda). Not pictured: Ray Reinhardt (Lazare).

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(l to r) At Berkeley Rep leading actors Joniece Abbott-Pratt (Odette), Tiffany Rachelle Stewart (Agnès), and Flor De Liz Perez (Maude Lynn) portray three sisters in the world premiere of Marcus Gardley’s The House that will not Stand, a comedic drama about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans.

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At Berkeley Rep, award-winning actress Lizan Mitchell (Beartrice, in the background) portrays the matriarch of the Albans family, and leading actresses (l to r) Flor De Liz Perez (Maude Lynn), Tiffany Rachelle Stewart (Agnès), and Joniece Abbott-Pratt (Odette) portray her three unwed daughters in the world premiere of Marcus Gardley’s The House that will not Stand.

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At Berkeley Rep, acclaimed director Patricia McGregor stages the world premiere of The House that will not Stand.

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Who

Written by Marcus Gardley
Directed by Patricia McGregor
Choreographed by Paloma McGregor

An ensemble cast featuring Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Harriett D. Foy, Lizan Mitchell, Petronia Paley, Flor De Liz Perez, Ray Reinhardt, and Tiffany Rachelle Stewart

Creative team

Antje Ellermann (set design), Katherine O’Neill (costume design), Russell H. Champa (lighting design), and Keith Obadike (sound design and original compositions)

What

Berkeley Rep proudly presents the world premiere of a new play commissioned from an Oakland native. Sensuous, witty, heartbreaking, and uplifting—The House that will not Stand by Marcus Gardley unearths a story about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans, where black Creole women entered into common-law marriages with wealthy white men.

Where

Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison Street @ Shattuck, Berkeley, CA 94704

When

Extended through March 23, 2014

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Special events

Low-cost previews

Friday 1/31, Saturday 2/1, and Tuesday 2/4 @ 8pm and Sunday 2/2 @ 7pm

Opening Night

Wednesday 2/5 @ 8pm
Includes a pre-show dinner for donors at Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen and a post-show party for audiences

Teen Night

Friday 1/31 @ 6:30pm

Repartee

FREE docent talks before Tuesday and Thursday evening performances, and free discussions after all matinees

Last Call

Saturday 2/8 following the evening performance

Post-play discussions

Thursday 2/20, Tuesday 2/25, and Friday 3/7 following the performance

Cost

$29–61 (subject to change)

Discounts

  • Half-price tickets available for anyone under 30 years of age
  • $10 discount for students and seniors one hour before curtain
  • Groups of 10 or more, contact 510 647–2918 or groups@berkeleyrep.org

Tix & info

510 647–2949 · berkeleyrep.org

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