The House That Will Not Stand
Published by Methuen
1 Male 7 Female
"You may be the wealthiest colored woman in New Orleans, but you built this house on sand, lies and dead bodies"
A bewitching drama of desire, jealousy, murder and voodoo set in New Orleans, 1836
Following an era of French colonial rule and relative racial acceptance, Louisiana's "free people of color" are prospering
Beatrice - a free woman of color - has become one of the city's wealthiest women through her relationship with a rich white man
When her lover mysteriously dies, Beatrice imposes a six-month period of mourning on herself and her three daughters
But, as the summer heat intensifies, the foundations of freedom she has built for herself and their three unwed daughters begin to crumble
Society is changing, racial divides are growing and - as the members of the household turn on each other in their fight for survival - it could cost them everything
Premiered Berkeley Rep, USA January 2014, and subsequently at the Tricycle Theatre, London, 9 October 2014.
This edition also features an Introduction by Professor Ayanna Thompson, Columbian College of Arts and Science