The House That Will Not Stand


By Marcus Gardley
Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz

2017/18 Season

July 11, 2018—August 12, 2018

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In the heat of summer in 1813, Louisiana passed from France to the United States. On the eve of the transfer, in a house in mourning, freedom hangs in the balance for a steely widow and her three eligible daughters, all free women of color. Inspired by Federico García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba, Marcus Gardley's lyrical, nuanced play, THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND, is directed by Obie Award winner Lileana Blain-Cruz.


Marcus Gardley / Playwright

Marcus Gardley is a screenwriter, TV writer and playwright who was the 2015 recipient of the Glickman Award for his play The House That Will Not Stand. It was commissioned and produced by Berkeley Rep, had subsequent productions at Yale Rep, Victory Gardens and the Tricycle Theater in London and was a finalist for the 2015 Kennedy Prize. His three-part epic the road weeps, the well runs dry was also a finalist for the 2014 Kennedy Prize. Gardley was the 2013 USA James Baldwin Fellow and the 2011 PEN Laura Pels award winner for Mid-Career Playwright. The New Yorker describes Gardley as “the heir to García Lorca, Pirandello and Tennessee Williams.” He is an ensemble member and playwright-in-residence at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago where his plays The Gospel of Loving Kindness; An Issue of Blood; and A Wonder in My Soul have premiered and won numerous awards and critical acclaim. He holds a MFA from Yale Drama School and lives in Los Angeles, CA. Currently, he is working on a TV show for Showtime called “The Chi” and remounting and developing a new play with The Acting Company in New York.

Lileana Blain-Cruz / Director

Recent Projects: Suzan Lori-Parks’ The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World at Signature Theatre; Henry IV, Part One and Much Ado About Nothing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; The Bluest Eye at The Guthrie; Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ War at LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater and Yale Repertory Theater; Alice Birch’s Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again at Soho Rep; Lucas Hnath’s Red Speedo at New York Theatre Workshop; SALOME at Jack; Christina Anderson’s Hollow Roots at the Under the Radar Festival at The Public Theater; a new translation of The Bakkhai at the Fisher Center of Performing Arts at Bard College; and A Guide to Kinship and Maybe Magic, a collaboration with Jacobs-Jenkins and choreographer Isabel Lewis at Dance New Amsterdam. She was a 2050 Directing Fellow at NYTW, an Artistic Associate of The Exchange and The Orchard Project, a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, and an Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellow at Arena Stage. She received her MFA in directing from the Yale School of Drama. Upcoming projects include Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline at Lincoln Center and Anna Ziegler’s Actually at the Williamstown Theater Festival.