Data News Staff Edited Report
NEW ORLEANS – Termed “Sensuous, witty, heartbreaking, and uplifting” by the critics, The House That Will Not Stand, Marcus Gardley’s 2019 Obie Award-winning stage production about free women of color in early 19th Century New Orleans, opens its three-weekend run at Le Petit Theatre on Friday, March 4TH.
The play’s storyline involves a Black Creole woman named Beartrice and her three unwed daughters and an old New Orleans custom of rich White men entering into common-law marriages with young women of color. But the house that Beartrice built – on a foundation of wealth, freedom, and secrets – threatens to collapse after her man mysteriously dies and her daughters realize that his money could cost them the people they love. The House That Will Not Stand is a humorous and gripping family drama told in a rich and lyrical river of words.
The show is directed by Abigail Jean-Baptiste who recently served as Assistant Director of Broadway’s Jagged Little Pill. Born in New York City with family roots in Haiti and the American South, her work intersects with critical race theory and reimagines understandings of the past. She has directed shows in New York and elsewhere in the U.S. and has won a number of prestigious awards.
Staged in conjunction with National Women’s Month, the all-woman cast features Big Easy Award-winning Actor Troi Bechet in the lead role of Beartrice. Portraying one of her daughters is veteran Actor/Director and multiple award-winner, Tommye Myrick, who returns to the stage following her critically acclaimed direction of FLY in February.
Other cast members include Tameka Bob, Grace Gibson, Jarrell Hamilton, Elexis Selmon, Laurita Marie and Eden James.
Twelve performances of The House That Will Not Stand will be staged over a three-week run from March 4TH – 6TH, March 10TH – 14TH, and March 17TH – 20TH.