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Loyola University Recreates 1813 New Orleans in Upcoming Play “The House That Will Not Stand”

Loyola press release - November 3, 2016

Loyola’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance will transport audiences back in time to 1813 New Orleans in the first regional production of “The House That Will Not Stand” starting Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 in Loyola’s Marquette Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s classic The House of Bernarda Alba, poet and playwright Marcus Gardley sets his adaptation in New Orleans in 1813. Following an era of French colonial rule and relative racial acceptance, Louisiana’s free people of color are prospering. When matriarch Beatrice’s lover mysteriously dies, Beatrice imposes a six-month period of mourning on herself and her three daughters.

Department Chair of Theatre Arts and Dance Associate Professor of Theatre Dr. Laura Hope directs this compelling drama which explores societal changes, racial divides, and a household’s fight for survival in the unique and personal setting of New Orleans’ Creole society.

“I fell in love with the script the moment I read it. I knew I wanted our students to have the privilege of being the first in the region to produce this play and to engage with the compelling work of Mr. Gardley, a rising star in American theatre,” said Dr. Hope. “As our nation grapples with racial and social justice issues, and the city approaches its Tricentennial, Loyola’s performance of “The House That Will Not Stand” allows a close and personal look at our own city’s cultural and social history.”

Loyola University New Orleans is located at 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans 70118. All performances will take place in Loyola’s Marquette Theatre located in Marquette Hall, the central building facing the university’s horseshoe parking on St. Charles Avenue. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 with student ID, for seniors, and Loyola faculty and staff. Free parking is available in the university’s West Road garage.

Tickets may be purchased on etix here, emailing tickets@loyno.edu, at the door, or by calling the Loyola Box Office at (504) 865-2074.

Performance times are indicated below.

Shows: Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. (Opening Night)

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, at 2 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

Click here to learn more about the Loyola theatre season.

Click here to learn more about Loyola’s new partnership with Southern Rep regional theatre.