New York City
The third production in Florida Stage’s 20th Anniversary Season is the National New Play Network world premiere of a searing and thought-provoking new drama about the preservation of history and race relations in this country, A House With No Walls by Thomas Gibbons. The play is taken from actual events surrounding the opening of the President’s House in Philadelphia, 2003. Louis Tyrell directs.
In January of 2003, plans were unveiled for the construction of the President’s House, a memorial to George Washington’s Presidential house. Visitors heading to the Liberty Bell would have to walk over the site of Washington’s slaves quarters, a fact that was not mentioned at the time of the proposal for construction. The story behind this series of events unmasked a secret that had been kept for more than two hundred years. In A House With No Walls, Gibbons, inspired by this discovery, dramatizes the story and asks the question – How do we decide which elements of our history will be commemorated and which will be erased? And why?