A House With No Walls

A House With No Walls
by Thomas Gibbons

Productions (11)
  • Drama
  • 100 - 120 minutes
  • 2 f, 4 m (6-9 actors possible: exactly 2 f, 4-7 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: In the course of the play, a square (8 feet by 8 feet) is outlined with stakes and a rope. Other locations (a classroom in a museum, an office) are suggested.

A House With No Walls
by Thomas Gibbons

(1)
Productions (11)
  • Drama
  • 100 - 120 minutes
  • 2 f, 4 m (6-9 actors possible: exactly 2 f, 4-7 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: In the course of the play, a square (8 feet by 8 feet) is outlined with stakes and a rope. Other locations (a classroom in a museum, an office) are suggested.

A bitter public battle erupts when it is revealed that the site of a new museum enshrining American liberty is the ground on which George Washington's slaves' house once stood. An African-American political activist occupies the site, demanding that the house be recreated as a reminder of the reality of slavery in our history and a memorial to the slaves' lives. He is opposed by a controversial African-American conservative author, who argues that blacks must lay aside their pursuit of victimhood if they are to achieve true equality. Their conflict is juxtaposed against the story of Oney Judge, one of Washington's slaves, as she struggles with the decision of whether to risk everything to escape her bondage. Moving in time between the present and the past, the play explores our relationship to troubling historical reality. How do we decide which elements of our history will be commemorated and which will be forgotten? Read More

Read For FREE Add Script(s) To Cart License Performances Scripts & Performances

Pricing Information

Performance Fee $80
Standard Edition $9.99
Stage Manager Edition $18.99

Play Details

A bitter public battle erupts when it is revealed that the site of a new museum enshrining American liberty is the ground on which George Washington's slaves' house once stood. An African-American political activist occupies the site, demanding that the house be recreated as a reminder of the reality of slavery in our history and a memorial to the slaves' lives. He is opposed by a controversial African-American conservative author, who argues that blacks must lay aside their pursuit of victimhood if they are to achieve true equality. Their conflict is juxtaposed against the story of Oney Judge, one of Washington's slaves, as she struggles with the decision of whether to risk everything to escape her bondage. Moving in time between the present and the past, the play explores our relationship to troubling historical reality. How do we decide which elements of our history will be commemorated and which will be forgotten?

(This is the third part of a trilogy. See also Bee-luther-hatchee and Permanent Collection.)

  • Drama
  • 100 - 120 minutes
  • 2 f, 4 m (6-9 actors possible: exactly 2 f, 4-7 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: In the course of the play, a square (8 feet by 8 feet) is outlined with stakes and a rope. Other locations (a classroom in a museum, an office) are suggested.

Published Reviews

"Heady with argument, A House With No Walls is further proof that Gibbons is the real thing, a major writer who enjoys giving an audience whiplash as we keep changing sides listening to the articulate, character-rooted debate."

Hap Erstein, Palm Beach Post

"Fiercely intelligent... A House With No Walls demands to be seen, not just because it's smart and entertaining but also because it's universally relevant."

Jennifer Bubriski, EDGE (Boston)

"A House With No Walls is an idea-packed, entertaining evening, a play that seems bound for productions across the country."

Hap Erstein, Palm Beach Post

"A multilayered piece that is, by turns, sobering, enlightening, ironic, moving and (now and then) unexpectedly amusing."

Christine Dolen, Miama Herald

"...Daring, haunting and true, the kind of honest talk we sorely need."

Alan Scherstuhl, The Pitch (Kansas City)

"This is good medicine, enjoyable and well worthwhile."

Kathryn Osenlund, CurtainUp

Production History

Sort by Most Recent
Production Group
Location
SEP 08, 2017 - SEP 24, 2017
Old Academy Players Inc
Philadelphia, PA United States
Old Academy Players Inc Philadelphia, PA United States
APR 16, 2010 - MAY 29, 2010
Celebration Arts
Sacramento, CA United States
Celebration Arts Sacramento, CA United States
JAN 23, 2009 - FEB 07, 2009
ITheatre Collaborative
Phoenix, AZ United States
ITheatre Collaborative Phoenix, AZ United States
JAN 23, 2009 - FEB 15, 2009
Karamu House Performing Arts Theatre
Cleveland, OH United States
Karamu House Performing Arts Theatre Cleveland, OH United States
OCT 28, 2008 - DEC 21, 2008
TimeLine Theatre Company
Chicago, IL United States
TimeLine Theatre Company Chicago, IL United States
MAY 09, 2008 - JUN 15, 2008
Robey Theatre Company
Los Angeles, CA United States
Robey Theatre Company Los Angeles, CA United States
JAN 18, 2008 - FEB 10, 2008
Unicorn Theatre
Kansas City, MO United States
Unicorn Theatre Kansas City, MO United States
OCT 24, 2007 - NOV 18, 2007
New Repertory Theatre
Watertown, MA United States
New Repertory Theatre Watertown, MA United States
MAR 10, 2007 - APR 21, 2007
Curious Theatre
Denver, CO United States
Curious Theatre Denver, CO United States
JAN 26, 2007 - MAR 04, 2007
Florida Stage
Manalapan, FL United States
Florida Stage Manalapan, FL United States
JAN 19, 2007 - FEB 18, 2007
InterAct Theatre Company
Philadelphia, PA United States
InterAct Theatre Company Philadelphia, PA United States
Sort by Most Recent
Production Group
Location
SEP 08, 2017 - SEP 24, 2017
Old Academy Players Inc
Philadelphia, PA United States
Old Academy Players Inc Philadelphia, PA United States
Sort by Most Recent
Production Group
Location
JAN 23, 2009 - FEB 07, 2009
ITheatre Collaborative
Phoenix, AZ United States
ITheatre Collaborative Phoenix, AZ United States
JAN 23, 2009 - FEB 15, 2009
Karamu House Performing Arts Theatre
Cleveland, OH United States
Karamu House Performing Arts Theatre Cleveland, OH United States
OCT 28, 2008 - DEC 21, 2008
TimeLine Theatre Company
Chicago, IL United States
TimeLine Theatre Company Chicago, IL United States
MAY 09, 2008 - JUN 15, 2008
Robey Theatre Company
Los Angeles, CA United States
Robey Theatre Company Los Angeles, CA United States
JAN 18, 2008 - FEB 10, 2008
Unicorn Theatre
Kansas City, MO United States
Unicorn Theatre Kansas City, MO United States
OCT 24, 2007 - NOV 18, 2007
New Repertory Theatre
Watertown, MA United States
New Repertory Theatre Watertown, MA United States
MAR 10, 2007 - APR 21, 2007
Curious Theatre
Denver, CO United States
Curious Theatre Denver, CO United States
JAN 26, 2007 - MAR 04, 2007
Florida Stage
Manalapan, FL United States
Florida Stage Manalapan, FL United States
JAN 19, 2007 - FEB 18, 2007
InterAct Theatre Company
Philadelphia, PA United States
InterAct Theatre Company Philadelphia, PA United States